The Global Punjabi Society held their annal awards ceremony in Leicester.
Now in its 4th year, the awards celebrate the achievements of people from across the globe who have Indian origins.
The event was attended by many high profile guests including the Leader of the House of Lords, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, and the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Lord Trimble.
The Global Punjabi Society was set up to support and honour people originally from the Punjab in India. Its head quarters are in new Delhi, but there are also branches in Qatar, Thailand, the USA, Canada, the UAE, and the UK.
Patron of the Global Punjabi Society, Baroness Verma said, “Its really important for people to recognise that if you’ve got an opportunity, you can make something of yourselves wherever you are in the world, and the Indian community by in large, whenever they have left India and gone to another country they tend to look at the opportunities available”
“The award winners tonight are exactly those examples, they are people of inspiration, they have come with very little seen the opportunities and have generated either great posts in their professions or made huge amounts of wealth through their businesses, but they have also ploughed back in to society”
Baroness Stowell handed out awards to many of the award winners and was pleased to be invited, “I was absolutely honoured to be invited to come to this event because its all about celebrating success and achievement, through peoples commitment and hard work”
“I wanted people here, people from the South Asian community to know just how much all of us in this county recognise their achievements”
Lord Trimble who also handed out awards, spoke about how important it is is for the Indian community to celebrate their success in the UK, “Its gives them an opportunity to celebrate their success and I think that’s a good thing in terms of offering role models to people from that background and also enabling those of us who are not from an Indian community who are here, to see how well so many Indians have developed themselves in terms of their own prosperity and development and also how well they integrated in to our society”
Music: “Your Call”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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