- 6 December 1988 (Creation)
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Cream coloured certificate with rough top edge. Left and right border is comprised of brown circular embossed symbols. Top of certificate has the logo of Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi in gold. Certificate text, in brown, reads:
Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi
Shri Dr. Nelson Mandela
S/o shri _____ of South Africa State
Baba Sahed Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
for the year 1986-1987 in recognition of literary, social, and cultural services rendered by him through his prolific works providing flambeau guidence to the down-trodden people of India.
By doing so, the Akademi feels proud of Shri Dr. Nelson Mandela ____ who will henceforth continue rendering his devoted services for the uplift of Dalits around him.
The Akademi places on record the devoted and community oriented workers done by Shri Dr. Nelson Mandela
I, Dr. S.P. Sumanakshar, National President of the Akademi, as recommended by the jury appointed by the jury appointed by it, in this annual function, confer this International Award on Shri Dr Nelson Mandela today, the 6th December 1988.
Signed by: Chief guest, General secretary, National president'
The Place is a wooden circle with metal, imprint of India and bust of Dr Ambedkar. Wooden socket has small golde plate with the text: Awarded to Dr. Nelson Mandela, Prominent Black Leader, South Africa. Has the dates 1986-1987