India’s top religious leader, J Jayalalithaa, has been honoured by her country with the title of the country’s longest-serving prime minister.
Her father, who died in February aged 86, was widely considered to be the world’s longest serving Indian leader.
The country’s current prime minister, Narendra Modi, is the longest serving Hindu and Muslim leader.
Ms Jayalayas predecessor, Pranab Mukherjee, was also honoured with the highest accolade of a lifetime, the Indian Council of Historical Research said in a statement.
“This is a historic moment, for the first time in history, in which a country has elected its longest-reigning prime minister,” the institute said.
It said Ms Jayalals government, which has lasted for over three decades, had taken India to new heights of social justice.
“India has emerged from one of the most unequal countries in the world to become the world leader in the fight against poverty, inequality and corruption,” the council said.
India has one of Asia’s highest death rates of newborns and is the world´s most populous country.
The institute, which works to promote understanding of the world and culture, said the country was “one of the few places in the western world where religion and spirituality remain intertwined”.