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Netherlands Honors Indian-American Diplomat Shefali Razdan Duggal with ‘Shefali Tulip’


In a heartfelt tribute to her advocacy for gender equity, a tulip in the Netherlands has been named after Shefali Razdan Duggal, the esteemed US Ambassador to the country and an Indian-American diplomat. Known as Tulipa Shefali, this vibrant flower stems from Maveridge International’s breeding programme in St. Maarten, cultivated as part of a dedicated effort to nurture robust and resilient tulips.

Expressing her profound gratitude, Razdan Duggal, 52, described the honour as both genuine and surreal. She emphasized the significance of the tulip, a timeless symbol cherished throughout history, as a representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

“As the first Ambassador to receive the high honour of having a tulip named after me, it is so befitting to unveil the ‘Shefali Tulip’ today, on International Women’s Day,” she said, referring to the celebrations held on February 8.

“Throughout history, women have been forced to overcome gender bias and discrimination, and we have worked hard and continue to work hard to each milestone. We do this for ourselves and for future generations of women to be seen, to be heard, to be included and to be empowered,” Razdan Duggal said.

Tulip breeding is a long-term endeavour. Accordingly, the origin of the Shefali tulip dates back to 2009.

One of the crosses in the project was “Tulipa Lucky Strike” with a strong cutting tulip, a media release said.

The unveiling of the ‘Shefali Tulip’ on International Women’s Day holds special significance, highlighting the tireless efforts of women to overcome gender bias and discrimination. Razdan Duggal, recognized as an “International Gender Champion,” continues to advocate for inclusive women’s rights, embodying the spirit of empowerment and inclusion for present and future generations.

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