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NRI Awards Banquet 2004 at Radisson Portman Hotel


The NRI Institute, a registered body of Indians and non-resident Indians founded in the year 1989, held its latest NRI Awards Banquet for year 2004 on June 9th, 2004 at Radisson SAS Portman Hotel, London.

More than 400 NRIs / PIOs from the world over attended, The prominent dignitaries being Lord Dholakia, Lord Bhatia, Lord Adam Patel, Lord Naren Patel, Keith Vaz MP, Baroness Fleather, Tony McNulty MP, Tony Baldry MP, Ambassador K.V. Rajan, Air Chief Marshal N. C. Suri, Indian Industrialist V. C. Burman, UK NRI Industrialist Karan Billimoria, NRI Businessman from Saudi Arabia Trinetra Bajpai besides others.

Among those who spoke on the occasion included Dr. S. P. Sharma, Chairman U.K. Chapter, Rasik H. Patel, International Chairman, Karan Billimoria, NRI U.K., Trinetra Bajpai from Saudi Arabia, Lord Dholakia, Keith Vaz MP and Secretary General Jagmohan Singh.

Speech of Mr. Jagmohan Singh:

My Lords, Ladies, Members of House of Commons and Dignitaries, it is my privilege, to welcome you to the NRI Awards Banquet; the 8th in UK and the 28th international event organized by the NRI Institute. The Institute, as you are aware, was founded in 1986 and has striven to provide a voice to the NRI's and PIO's the world over. A voice, friends that has reached the ears that matter: dual citizenship granted recently by the government, was an issue raised years ago on this very platform.

The future holds great promise: the newly elected government in India has shown a positive and reassuring trend by appointing a minister for NRI's affairs. During my recent meeting with Minister Jagdish Tytler, I was encouraged by desire to ensure that the new ministry, under his direction will have more teeth. The effort will be to bring all matters under a single window system. The new Government is upbeat about the new ministry ensuring the involvement of NRI's and PIO's themselves, instead of only bureaucrats. At no point can we afford to focus on the established, tried tested avenues of business - the attitudes, trends and needs of today are changing so quickly and investment has to keep up the pace, never for minute forgetting the more than 50%, below 25 population of India, for that, friends is the key to greatness. We have to provide options, combinations and open up avenues that will generate employment for this surging, young population.

It is a fact that not all of these youngsters are IIT and IIM material - but then people are needed to man all levels of expectancy and interactions. We are proving that by the upsurge in the service related industries - the growth is in leaps and bounds. We look to the NRI's and PIO's to show the way by bringing in different opportunities and growth options.

You, my friends have a new enthusiastic government in Place. Our Prime Minister, Sardar Manmohan Singh is very keen to keep up with the economic reforms. Wealth creation can eradicate poverty and encourage self-upliftment. It is PM's desire to revitalize the economy in such a manner that the growth and the benefits percolate right down to the common man. That is the only way out for the problems that persist.

This evening is dedicated to all the persons receiving the Awards, for their single-minded pursuit of excellence in their chosen field of expertise. These Awards were instituted to recognize their contribution and to honour persons of Indian Origin. The selection for the awards is made on a comparative basis, from the CV's received. This in no way implies that CV's received but not selected for awards are in any way less worthy. The Institute's policy of restricting the number of awards, means that the CV's not awarded will be forwarded for consideration of the 12th January - 2005 Award Function in New Delhi.

I would like to express my appreciation to International Chairman, Mr. Rasik H. Patel, Chairman UK Chapter, Dr. S. P. Sharma, Secretary UK Chapter, Krishan Ralleigh and all those present here for their co-operation and assistance in getting this evening together.

Speech of Dr. S. P. Sharma:

Your Lordship, Ladies, Member of the House of Commons, Dignitaries and friends of the NRI Institute. As the Chairman of the United Kingdom chapter of the NRI Institute, I am privileged to have the honour of welcoming each and every one of you to the 8th NRI Awards Banquet for the year 2004.

Everyone gathered here today has made immense effort, changing schedules, traveling great distances from various parts of the world to get to London, and so you can get a measure of the pride I feel in saying " Welcome, friends" and I say friends, because this evening started out with some of us being strangers, but I do know that at the end of the evening we will part as friends, thanks to the good offices of Jagmohan Singh and the NRI Institute. The Institute has been doing commendable work at putting people together, being there to provide assistance and information, besides providing the NRI's a platform and networking opportunities to work out investment opportunities.

With a newly elected government in place, eager to carry on with reforms, looking to the NRI's from UK and other parts of the world to use its great pool of technical and English speaking educated youth to recharge the economy, this is the most favorable time for business related investing. Gentlemen look at the stability the democratic set up offers. Your setting up business, manufacturing or service related setups today, will lead to wealth creation that can give India a totally new status on the world map tomorrow.

The U K government has set up Zone based Trade Commissions to assist in the increasing trade between the two countries. I urge you to take advantage of all the avenues that are now open to you. You have made your mark and made your presence count in the countries of your adoption, now share your entrepreneurial skills with the Motherland.

On behalf of the NRI's of United Kingdom, I thank Mr. Jagmohan Singh for providing a platform and pledge our support in his efforts to promote our concerns and opinions.

Speech of Rasik H. Patel:

My Lords, Distinguished Ladies & Gentlemen First of all, as the recently appointed International Chairman of the N.R.I. Institute, allow me to welcome to London all those friends who have taken the trouble to travel long distances from India, Tanzania, Kenya, Seychelles, the Netherlands, U.S.A., Canada, Saudi Arabia and even New Zealand, to be with us at this grand get-together of Persons of Indian Origin, N.R.I.'s, Overseas Indians and friends of India of all nationalities.

I would also like to express my grateful thanks to our dynamic Secretary General Jagmohan Singh, and the Institute's dedicated team of staff in Delhi for the excellent preparatory work they have done, despite having suffered temporary set backs due to sickness over the past few weeks.

A number of people have asked me what the NRI Institute is all about. Many have also asked what the abbreviation N.R.I. stands for and its significance, if any. Allow me to explain briefly.

The NRI Institute - a registered body founded in 1989 by Shri Jagmohan Singh - is an international organisation of Indians and Non Resident Indians, popularly called N.R.I.'s. It aims to keep Indians informed about the achievements and problems of NRI's through conferences, seminars, journals and exchange of visits of delegations.
The Institute also promotes NRI investments in India and paves the way for them in this regard with an effective approach to Government and other authorities.

Today, the Institute enjoys the patronage of several eminent dignitaries, social workers, intellectuals, politicians and industrialists globally and in India. It is thanks to the effort and endeavour of Jagmohan Singh that an active platform is now available to the NRI's and PIO's.

Who, you may ask, are these NRI's or PIO's? Strictly speaking, N.R.I.'s are Indian Citizens resident in countries outside India or are only temporarily residing in India. On the other hand, P.I.O.'s or Persons of Indian Origin are, generally speaking, those whose ancestry can be traced back to India but are born or brought up as citizens of their adopted countries. PIO's may or may not necessarily have any family ties with today's India, although they may have some cultural ties with the land of their forefathers.

To complicate matters further, we in Britain are referred to as people of Asian origin or British or East African Asians, but the PIO's in South Africa, Mauritius or even Fiji are popularly called "Indians" rather than "Asians". By now it will be clear that the term "Asians" is very misleading, for it only applies to those whose origins can be traced to the Sub-continent. History will show that the term originated in the late 1940's. Up until the period leading to the creation of Pakistan, and before Indian independence in 1947, we were known as Indians in all the British administered countries of Africa and Asia.

This confusion of identity has had a noticeable effect on the second and third generation Indians outside India. Whilst it is quite natural, and desirable that they grow up as good citizens of their adopted countries, and that, first and foremost, their allegiance must be to the countries of which they are citizens, they should also be afforded the opportunity to understand their cultural ties with India. Otherwise they will continue to be quite removed from their Indian origins and Indian-ness as well as find it difficult to fully integrate with the communities of the land of which they are subjects or citizens.

I believe the NRI forum should address the question of the apparent erosion of Indian cultural values among the second and third generation Indians abroad. One way to promote understanding of these values without alienating or frightening them away by unwittingly exerting the wrong parental or other pressure, would be by promoting regular short cultural exchanges and visits of young Indians abroad and their counter parts in India staying for, say, two weeks at a time with each others' families. In this way, they would hopefully be encouraged to appreciate how both sides live in their respective countries. We should try and make these visits meaningful and interesting by selecting important Indian festivals and celebrations to coincide with their visits. Such exposure will also be memorable for them and perhaps more young people will look forward to such an excursion. The festivals could be: Diwali, Besaki, Dushera or Navarathree, Holi, Ganesh Puja days, Republic Day, Harvest Festival like Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Onam Boat Race in Kerala, etc., etc.

Similarly, those young Indians who visit, say, Britain could be encouraged to experience the Christmas Celebrations and various cultural shows in England, Scotland and Wales, in addition to visits to places of historical and cultural interest.

I would also like these visits to be extended to countries in Africa, Europe and North America, where the young Indian visitors could be exposed to the traditions and cultures of the population in these lands, in addition to giving them first hand experience of the natural wonders of these continents. In short, through the NRI Institute we should strive to help the young Indian population, both in India and abroad, to grow up as true global citizens.

As International Chairman, I shall be delighted to hear from any person or body that would like to take this idea further as a serious project. Ladies and Gentlemen. By arranging a function such as this evening's Banquet we hope we have provided you with the opportunity to network with commercial and social interests.

Let me now leave you with this thought:

While N.R.I.'s and Overseas Indians are a vibrant force in the communities wherever they are in the world, they are also playing a significant role in shaping the economic progress of India.

Alas, India is still a country where poverty, illiteracy and inequalities of all kinds - caste, class, regions and gender - prevail. It is also a fact that India is still a country where child labour is used to produce matches and carpets, and that 54% of Indians (i.e. over 540 million people) are below the age of 25.

Clearly, India faces the challenge of providing opportunities and employment to a young but educated and professional work force of men and women whose aspirations are distinctly different from those of their parents and grandparents. These young people are looking forward to a greater economic empowerment and an improved quality of life.

This is where investors in India, be they NRI/PIO or foreign, can contribute to the making of a new and resurgent India by investing and opening up new sectors where the educated young population can benefit from exposure to new technologies, trends and skills. Let us persevere in our efforts to help globalize India in whatever way we can.

Thank you.

Speech of Mr. Trinetra Bajpai:

Deviyon aur Sajjanon, N a m a s k a r !

Ladies, Lords, Members of House of Commons, Dignitaries and friends of the NRI Institute,

It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to be invited to this glittering function splendidly organized by Mr. Jagmohan Singh and I thank him for the same. I am truly honoured to have the opportunity of sharing some thoughts with the august gathering here and look forward to some memorable interaction with the elite presence here.

Our great country "India" has been, is and shall perennially continue to be a name to conjure with in the international arena - it has been so from time immemorial, imperceptibly at times and perceptibly in current times. Without meaning to take too much time from the ensuing delightful social possibilities of this grand evening, may I attempt stimulating your recapitulation of some interesting facets of our hallowed nation.

Arguably the oldest and greatest civilization (the Chinese always want the honour) in the world, India pioneered development endeavours in all walks of life from the times of Indus Valley Civilization itself. India invented the number system, the first international universities were established in Takshshila (700 B.C.) and Nalanda, Algebra/Trignometry/Calculus came from India, place value/Decimal System were developed by us in 100 B.C. Likewise, surgery and usage of Anaesthesia were invented by Ayurvedacharyas Charak/Sushrut Charak, who used 125 surgical instruments. Notably, Sanskrit is the mother of all European languages and most suitable for computer software development. Navigation was borne in the river Sindhu 6000 years ago and as was creation of beautiful lakes - e.g. the man made Sudarshana.

Not so long ago India was referred to as the Golden Bird (Sone Ki Chidiya) with the whole world eying its boundless fortunes. There were invasions galore, Alexander marched in, Genghis Khan rode in, the Mughuls barged in and so did many others including the French, Portugese, the Dutch and last but not the least, the English. Until the British incursion in the 17th century, India was the richest country in the world and the world's only source of Diamonds till 1896.

While the "RAJ" may have had some contribution, I perceive the greatest British contribution to India to be the afternoon Tea or the high Tea. For a long period of time, perhaps under a well thought out strategy, the country had not been given its due as war after war was thrust upon the economy. Nevertheless the Clock has come a full circle and realization has globally dawned that our country is a super power in the making.

On the global economic firmament, the emergence of the BRIC factor has astounded all and sundry. For the less initiated BRIC stands for Brazil, Russia, India and China. Mapping out GDP growth, per capita income and currency movements, it has been predicted by the authorities in the economic world that BRIC economies could become a much larger force in less than 40 years, i.e. before year 2050. The BRICs could surpass most of the G6 countries (except USA and Japan) by 2025 itself. In fact, BRIC economies together could be larger than the G6 by 2025, while currently they are worth less than 15%. About Two-Thirds of the increase in U.S.Dollar GDP from the BRICs could come from higher real growth with the balance through currency appreciation. The BRIC's real exchange rates could appreciate up to 300% over the next 50 years, i.e. at an average of 2.5% a year. India's growth rate is projected to be

significantly above 3% in not too distant future with the per capita income enhancing from the current level of US$415 to the European level of US$30,000/-. Ample evidence of the shape of things to come is already on the cards.

Notwithstanding the giant strides made by India in the information technology sector as well as the emergence of giants, viz. Reliance, Wipro and Infosys, the following facts are a pointer to the future:

· While world over IT software/solutions have been in the trough of recession for years, Indian IT exports grew by 26% in the year 2003.

· Moser-Baer produces world-class hardware in India and is world's third largest optical media manufacturer with exports close to Rs.1000 Crores per annum. It acquired Capco (Luxembourg) and is feared by European firms.

· Tandon Electronics export electronic hardware close to Rs.4000 Crores per annum.

· 15 of world's major automobile manufacturers are obtaining components from Indian firms (US$375 Million per annum).

· Hero Honda is the largest manufacturers of Motor Cycles in the world. Rover markets 100,000 INDICA cars of the TATAs under their name.

· Bharat Forge has the world's largest single location forging facilities and Asian Paints have production facilities in 22 countries having recently acquired Berger International.

· India is one of the World's largest diamond cutting and polishing center.

· TISCO is the lowest cost producer of Hot Rolled Steel in the world.

· Ford India is the sole manufacturing and supply base for IKON Cars and components.

· Aston Martin, one of the world's expensive car brands, have contracted proto-typing its latest luxury sports car to an India based designer. This would be the cheapest car to roll out of Aston Martin's stable - imagine MI V handing over key of a "Made in India" car to James Bond.

· General Motors have awarded Sundaram Clayton its best supplier award.

There are very many numerous examples of the kind cited above. Time permitting I would have gone on and on.

By the grace of Almighty and concerted efforts of all concerned, Indian economy is currently booming and it is the foremost duty of all Indians world-over to maintain this momentum and build on in a manner never seen before. The business climate in the country is ripe for massive investment, towards which substantial contributions can be made by NRIs and PIOs.

"Let us then be up and doing
with a heart for any fate
Still achieving still pursuing
Learn to labour and to wait"

The NRI Institute offers a platform that can be used to bring in new ideas, share technologies, debate work cultures and make educational inputs. What is needed is a continuity of vision and the drive to accelerate on the path of progress.

Ladies & gentlemen, I thank you profusely for your patient hearing and I am grateful to Mr. Jagmohan Singh for affording me the opportunity to speak at this magnificent Awards Banquet.

While exhorting NRIs to share their entrepreneurial skills with the Motherland Dr. Sharma was all praise for the newly elected government in place, eager to carry on with reforms time for business-related investing.

Twenty five NRIs / PIOs, distinguished men and women of rare achievement were honoured with presentation of Pride of India Gold Awards in their respective fields from world over. Kanika Bajpai (Saudi Arabia), G. S. Bhalla (United Kingdom), Sir J. K. Chande (Tanzania), A. P. S. Chawla (United Kingdom), Dr. Oeghrasain Choenni (Netherlands), Kanoo Desai (United Kingdom), Parmjit Dhanda MP (United Kingdom), V. M. A. Hakkim (Sultanate of Oman), Purnima Jha (United States of America), Ashok Lakhani (United Kingdom), R. K. Moorthy (Canada), T. V. Morjaria (United Kingdom), Vir A. Nanda (United States of America), Surina Narula (United Kingdom), K. B. (Ken) Patel (New Zealand), Dr. Srinivas N. Pentyala (United States of America), K. D. Pillay (Republic of Seychelles), Muljibhai L. Pindolia (Kenya), Dr. Rami Ranger (United Kingdom). Dr. T. R. N. Rao (United States of America), Sarup S. Seehra (United Kingdom), Dr. Malkit Singh (India), Cllr. Ansuya Sodha (United Kingdom), Jyoti Kumari Thaker (United Kingdom), Dr. S. B. Tibrewal (United Kingdom).

Citations of the Recipents of Pride of India Gold Award:

Kanika Bajpai (Saudi Arabia): For her significant contribution to the promotion of Indian Fine Arts in United Kingdom, Mauritius, Denmark & Middle East for over two and a half decades.

A trained crooner by the late Music Director Shri S. N. Tripathi and a Master of Arts in Political Science for having performed in sixteen theatre plays, eleven T.V. Serials directed by a variety of top Directors, such as Chetan Anand, Shyam Benegal, M. S. Sathyu and two films, directed by Basu Bhattacharya and Vijay Anand. Exponent of Kathak for having designed and directed herself, Nritya Natikas, Meghdoot and Mrignayani, produced and directed TV serials Mehfil-E-Mausiqaar & Rahasya. She is Managing Director of Kanika Multiscope Pvt. Ltd. and is Chairperson of Sargam Guild - a leading Cultural Forum in Saudi Arabia.

G. S. Bhalla (United Kingdom): For having raised the profile of Punjabis - Known for his outstanding ability and entrepreneurship as Chairman & Managing Director, Advance Plastic Group. Having made his mark in family business of manufacturing Plastic Moulding and Tool Making, supplying to all major Electronic Companies in Japan and United Kingdom.

A student of mechanical engineering having settled in London in early 60s, Mr. Bhalla is associated with Punjabi Society of British Isles London as Vice President and President for over a decade donating large amounts for charity across the globe and a fully equipped Ambulance to Helpage in India.

Sir J. K. Chande (Tanzania): For his significant contribution towards the welfare of deaf, disabled and mentally retarded children in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, and excellence in world of business spanning over 5 decades, for being the only one from Africa and Middle East as Director, World Business Academy. A past cabinet member of National Assembly Sir J. K. Chande served with distinction in various capacities including that of Chairman and Director with numerous Private, Public Companies and Government and Multi/Government Corporations, is a leading Rotarian.

A. P. S. Chawla (United Kingdom): For his significant contributions in helping the Cancer Causes in UK and India Chairman, Movement to Kill Cancer, who arrived in UK in mid '60s with Masters in Political Science from Delhi University.

After short stints in Civil Service established Fashionova. Now Chairman Nova Group of Companies - importing-exporting garments - Founder President Cambridge Sikh Society, Member Executive Committee Cummunity Relations Council, Vice Chairman British Asian Conservative Link, Member Rotary Club of London, Freeman of City of London, President World Punjabi Organisation (European Division) and Patron of many Societies in UK and India.

Dr. Oeghrasain Choenni (Netherlands): For his Deep Research on Entrepreneurship at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands - a Distinct Mode of incorporation for Immigrant Groups - his study of work psychology with economics and problems of developing countries as minors. For having gained high academic and social exposure in major fields as senior Policy Advisor at Amsterdam Municipality. For his favouring a balanced strategy for the uplifting of the overall condition of India as one of the progressive NRI's.

Kanoo Desai (United Kingdom): For his significant contribution in the area of Pharmacy. Deeply involved in family Pharmacy business helping Indian Students from time to time in pre registration and training for Pharmacy Degree and practice. A leading social activist, President South London Branch Nat Association of Patidar Samaj and Secretary Sardar Patel Memorial Society since 1972.

Tanzania-born, India - educated Kanoo Desai, B. Sc., LL.B. joined Hon. Society of Lincoln's Inn and was called to the Bar also practiced at Dar-Es-Salaam.Trustee of Nadiad Nagrik Mandal he tasted earlier Import-Export business in Men's Wear in conjunction with his brother.

Parmjit Dhanda, MP (United Kingdom): For his excellence in promotion of Democracy. A product of the Trade Union Movement. The youngest Parliamentarian who stood elected to the House of Commons, a self-made London-born man who was quick enough to arm himself with an M. Sc. in Information Technology. Went on to work for Connect - The Union for Professionals in Communication becoming Assistant National Organizer. Just 30 and being described as an experienced politician after having started in 1988 when barely in his teens.

Everkeen to increase Democratic Participation with innovative proposals - surely a hard-working Parliamentarian still with many more miles to cover.

V. M. A. Hakkim (Sultanate of Oman): For his expertise in International Seafood business commanding recognition far and wide in UAE-Oman Joint Venture. For his tremendous initiative in setting up Ideal Marine in 1993, his own seafood export in Muscat creating additional employment opportunities for Indians and Omanis. Kerala-born Double Post Graduate was the youngest Asst. Director of Fisheries in Govt. of Kerala.

For having brought Ayurveda to Oman in a professional way. For organizing full-fledged Treatment Centers. Establishing a couple of Nursery Schools to promote quality education and for his excellence in turning a small unit of a Lakh Dollar investment to a whopping US$ 1 Million unit.

Purnima Jha (United States of America): For her excellence in Fine Arts. An Authority on Classical Dance of India and a seasoned educator Purnima is Founder and Artistic Director of Dance and Rhythm of India since 1985.

Outstanding woman performing artist for bringing awareness and understanding of Indian and Asian women through the Arts.Ms. Purnima Jha's past judge of Music, Dance, and Drama Competitions at Delhi University, Voice of America internationally broadcasted a 2-part series about her dance background and on her two divergent styles of Hindu a Mughal Kathak. She is everything on Classical Dance of India.

Ashok Lakhani (United Kingdom): For having made his mark as manufacturer of ethnic flavoured crisp, starting with humble beginnings as a Refugee - now operating from a 10,000 Sq. Ft. site in Park Royal with 250 employees specializing in crisps and snacks - Taking the Kolak Snack Foods Ltd. Company of which he is Chairman & Managing Director to the Top 4 in the United Kingdom. Uganda-Born, Bombay educated Lakhani started as a Senior Audit Clerk, and went on to take over as Financial Director in Leray Howard Ltd. and as involved in organizing exhibition in 1979.

R. K. Moorthy (Canada): For his professional excellence in senior management positions in leading multinationals spanning well over three decades. A skilled Human Resources Executive with a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial and Labour Laws, Majoring in Economics from Bombay University, Moorthy, President, Pinnacle Business Consulting Inc. is known for value-added contribution in H. R. for having developed and implemented a comprehensive compensation strategy including new initiatives. For having spear headed the cultural and religious associations in Montreal and Toronto with a significant headway with large memberships.

T. V. Morjaria (United Kingdom): For his deep involvement in Social Service, supervising erection of a new Temple since his Retirement in 1992. President, Shree Jalaram Prathna Mandal.

Saurashtra-born, Mwanza (Tanzania) - educated, having worked for a decade with Madhvani Group of Companies in Uganda as a Branch Manager. Arrived in UK in 1972 with other Uganda expells starting from scratch, working his way up the ladder of success as Deputy Accountant, Cost Accountant, General Manager and occupying the coveted post of Administrative Executive with Business Transfer Agents. He has been the President of Jalaram Prathana Mandal for the last 14 years, and is also involved with a number of Community Development Projects.

Vir A. Nanda (United States of America): For his multifarious achievements and outstanding services rendered to the Community for the last three decades having served as President, Chairman, and Member Executive Committee for many a Civic, Cultural, and professional organizations.

Well-known for his contribution to sports, the Atlanta Committee Olympic Games named Nanda as their 'Envoy' for their 1996 Delegation. Armed with an M. Sc. Degree in Physics from Delhi University he arrived in the USA way back in 1966 as a student earning M. Sc. Degree in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology - Presently Co-founder and Director of VV Hospitality and IIIrd Millennium, Inc. and many others companies.

Surina Narula (United Kingdom): For her tremendous capacity to raise funds for all good causes dear to her heart. A well-known name in the world of charities for her significant contribution to the Street Children Charities. Promoting and Protecting their rights, specially in poorest 43 countries including India, Bangkok, Thailand, Kenya & Sri Lanka. Represented the Consortium for Street Children as NGO member at 52nd UNHRC in Geneva. Ace Business Consultant to Ebony - the leading chain Retail Department Stores.

M. Sc., MBA, Honours in Economics deeply involved with conservative party. She was a part of the team that got Dr. Evans elected. She is a Fundraiser for charities.

K. B. (Ken) Patel (New Zealand): For having served the Indian Community of Wellington in various capacities since 1962, promoting Indian culture and religion. Known for his active role in the ethnic community. He is always ready to help the poor, disadvantaged and distressed people. Deeply involved with many service organizations including, hospitals and health centers, Mr. Patel stands appointed as a Justice of Peace and Marriage Celebrant for New Zealand since 1997 for his significant contribution spanning over four decades. For having applied his knowledge to educate and help many migrants to New Zealand.

Dr. Srinivas Pentyala (United States of America): For his excellence in the Medical field spanning nearly two decades, his effective teaching techniques, scientific consultancy, funding and training workshops and tremendous rise in his career having started as a Lecturer in Zoology in Santha College, India, way back in 1985.

An expert in Neurotoxicology for his Thesis on Neonatal Organocarbamate Poisoning: Effects on Rat brain metabolism with numerous publications to his credit and to top it all the personnel trained and still in training - Herculean efforts at the Sunny Medical Center at Stony Brook, New York.

K. D. Pillay (Republic of Seychelles): For having made his mark in the world of business and rich contribution in the prosperity of Seychelles Breweries etc. - the area of his activity since 1958 as a young boy out of his teens having started as a Salesman and turning to become a prominent personality. For having generated Indo-Seychelles friendship doing wonders as Chairman, Hindu Kovil Sangam. Much sought after for his philanthropic activities by the local community. Well connected socially K.D. is Fonder Chairman Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, and Seychelles Independence Remembrance Fund.

Muljibhai L. Pindolia (Kenya): For his excellence in business and significant contribution in serving the humanity. started work as a clerk way back in 1959 and rose to be the General Manager within 3 years with J. J. Patel & Sons.

For having worked his way up to the coveted post of Chairman, Kens Metal Group of Companies which he established in 1974. A linguist, Mr. Pindolia was Convenor, Gujarat Earthquake Relief Project 2001 under Hindu Council of Kenya and Member Operation Recovery 1998 - i.e. Committee for Aftermath of Bombing of American Embassy in Nairobi. Is a Chairman of Disabled Employment Committee - United Nations Development Programme. His aim is to unite the people of Indian Origin.

Dr. Rami Ranger (United Kingdom): For his rise up the Entrepreneurial ladder having excelled not only in business but also in British Society and Mainstream Politics.

From humble beginnings to running a couple of Britain's successful companies specializing in Shipping & Forwarding set up new Marketing Company Sun Oil Ltd. of Consumer Products speaks volumes about the man. A Graduate of Punjab University, Dr. Rami the youngest of eight children of Shaheed Nanak Singh - who lost his life saving 600 D. A. V. College students demonstrating against Partition of India, started his career in a fast food chain way back in 1971 in UK. He has been awarded the Queen's Award for Export Achievement.

Dr. T. R. N. Rao (United States of America): For his significant contribution to Information Technology and Sciences and excellence in the profession. A Gold Medalist of Andhra University, Professor of Computer Science since 1980 and Z. L. Loflin Chair 1987 onwards.

Fulbright Professor to India, University of Hyderabad and I.I.T. Kharagpur. Distinguished International Lecturer and Government of Japan Visiting Scholar, Tokyo Institute of Technology. A prolific writer having authored and edited number of books. For his philanthropic activities raising funds for 20 single-teacher schools in Andhra Pradesh from Louisiana donors.

Sarup Singh Seehra (United Kingdom): For his active involvement with community work in Britain and India.

Having witnessed the suffering of the masses during the partition as a schoolboy, he went on to join British Rail, while remaining committed to helping the young and the old. He has been an active member of the Trade Unions and the Labour Party, determind to make Race Equality a practice in Britian. He is the first Asian to contest for local government elections in Buckinghamshire.

Dr. Malkit Singh (India): For his significant contribution in the medical field for well over two decades in all kinds of services including O.P.D., indoor, Medico-Legal and Emergency round the clock in Doaba, Punjab.

From a single room in village Gurudwara, Dr. Malkit Singh covered 30 adjoining villages for Hospital Welfare Committee on personal appeal collecting a crore of Rupees for the Dream Hospital for poor patients treatment free of cost, thus setting the best example of Government and Public Cooperation. A Gold Medalist for his excellence as Senior Medical Officer, Primary Health Centre, Dosanjh Kalan, Jalandhar.

Cllr. Ansuya Sodha (United Kingdom): For her spotless record in public service. A distinguished Senior Lecturer who has obtained her MBA from Middlesex University and is a Graduate of the Leadership Academy Mombasa. Kenya-Born Ansuya was the first Gujarati Person to become Deputy Mayor of Barnet and hold other key positions. Twice elected Councillor for West Hendon Ward in London Borough, she is a Labour Assembly Member candidate for Elections 2004 as West Central London Representative.

A great help to the underprivileged Cllr. Ansuya was in the past Chairperson of the Barnet Racial Equality Council and North London Mentoring Project besides the current Governor of two Barnet Schools and key supporter of Asian Old People's Association. She stands for Breaking Down Barriers for Black Women and is highly concerned for severely disabled persons.

Jyoti K. Thaker (United Kingdom): For having made her Mark in making statues of Lord Ganesha and Lord Mahavir in Pure Crystal, a first for Lalique, a renowned crystal company in a Joint venture with UK Based Asian firm - Resulting in huge success. Statues find pride of place in many an exclusive home the world over. As if not satisfied, Jyoti Kumari, a scion of the Royal family of Jamnagar, is still going strong with other 3 development projects in a big way.

For having raised Pounds 14 Million Pounds as gift from Asian Community for London Based Hospital on Great Ormond Street.

Dr. S. B. Tibrewal (United Kingdom): For his excellence in the Medical field. A leading Orthopedic Surgeon, trained specialist in knee surgery and ankle disorders, currently championing and directing a mentoring programme for overseas medical graduates seeking further training and a career in UK supported by London Deanery.

With tons of teaching experience Dr. Tibrewal is Research Fellow, University of Oxford and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' School of Medicine. Professional Advisor, Examiner, with numerous publications to his credit his article Is Day Surgery . . . stands as Invited Paper by Editor Clinical Digest Series, USA.

Trinetra Bajpai of Saudi Arabia was honoured with Special Pride of India Gold Medal, presented by Tony Mcnulty MP. For his exceptional leadership and managerial abilities.

An acknowledged expert in design, engineering and commissioning of complex petrochemical plants, delivering results despite odds and daunting challenges, he is an inspired team leader and motivator. A competent technocrat with thirty-one years of experience, fourteen of them in the Middle East.

With as many as seventeen big projects completed and another half-a-dozen in the various stages of implementation till date, Bajpai, known for his herculean efforts and pioneering work, is a brilliant Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University. Presently, he is the Senior Vice President of the Manso Group of Companies in Saudi Arabia.

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