For the second year running, on January 10, the INDIA EMPIRE Magazine held the 2nd Awards Night in recognition of excellence, purpose and achievement in the overseas Indian community. The Awards were bestowed upon distinguished overseas Indians from different walks (see citations). This year Union Minister Salman Khurshid who was promoted to cabinet rank soon after the award ceremony in the recent reshuffle, did the honours. The awards take into account excellence and merit in different fields, and recognize those overseas Indians who through their determination and hard work have made a difference to the lives of people in the countries of their domicile. The event, like the one in January 2010, was held at Hotel Ramada Plaza in New Delhi. As part of the magazineís policy to look more at NRI youth, this time over 35 members of the Know India Programme were invited. They came from countries across the world. A photo feature takes us through the event
The Venue Welcoming the Honoured guest
The Dais Honoured guest Minister Salman Khurshid addressing the global audience

Publisher Chakravarty doing the welcome address

The recipients gather around the Minister

Anirudh Suri receives an award The Amirtham couple from Switzerland

From top (clockwise) Ashok Guptaís wife receives the Award on his behalf, Netherlandís Rajindre Tewari with his Award, Umesh Chandra receives the Award, Trinidadís high commissioner Chandradath Singh receives the Award on behalf of his foreign minister Surujrattan Rambachan, Gan Bhukta receives the Sponsorís Award, Priyamvada Natarajan receives her Award, R Sri Ramís Award is collected by MOIAís official M.K. Pandey, Lael Anson Best from Israel with his award, Sadan tells Khurshid about his association with President Zakir Hussain, the ministerís maternal grandfather

Preuvian of Indian origin Jayanti Bachani (Indian Father, Peruvian mother) presents a special gift to Minister Khurshid Artist Suraj Sadan presents a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi to Chakravarty
Youth from all over the world gather around Minister Khurshid A view of attendees

February 2011

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