Two Indian Americans are among the 15 persons and organizations selected for the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards for this year.
U.S.-based Indians Dr. Narendra Ramakrishna Kumar and Subash Razdan have been named for the highest Indian honor for expatriate Indians. Kumar was honored for his contribution to health care, while Razdan was honored for public service.
This year’s chief guest, Mauritius President Rajkeshwur Purryag, who has ancestral roots in Bihar, was also named for public service, Indian Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravisaid while announcing the awards Jan. 9.
President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the awards Jan. 9 at the valedictory session of the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
The other awardees are Prof. Dr. Gurusharan Singh Chhatwal of Germany for science, Dr. Rasik Vihari Joshi (Mexico) for literature, Gilbert Canabady Moutien (Reunion Island) and Mohammed Rabeeh Karuvanthodi (Saudi Arabia) for business, Patricia Maria Rozario (U.K.) for music and Ismail Ebrahim (South Africa) for public service.
Dr .Satendra Kumar Singh (New Zealand), Australia India Society of Victoria (Australia), Bava Pandalingal (UAE), Ashok Shambhomal Vaswani (Guinea), Indian Doctors Forum, Kuwait, and Tan Sri Ravindran Menon from Malaysia are among others in the list of awardees.
Kumar, president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, received the award for his achievements in the field of medicine, community service, global leadership and contributions to building bridges between India and the United States.
In the past, Kumar has been instrumental in organizing a Heart-Heart program in conjunction with the Lions Club of Kerala, which provided free open heart surgery for 150 indigent patients in Kerala, India. In 2004, he helped raise over $150,000 for the charitable wing of AKMG-Humanitarian Services, through the AKMG Silver Jubilee convention held in Detroit.
In 2010, as the Fund Raising Committee chair for the Tri-City Hindu Temple of Mid-Michigan, he helped raise over $2 million to build a Hindu temple in Michigan.
Most recently, he was awarded with the Excellence Award by Price Holding and GOPIO during the Kerala Investment Consortium in Kochi on Jan. 5.
Subash Razdan, who graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, is a distinguished engineer and well known community leader. He was the past president of IACA, founder and president of Gandhi Foundation USA, Atlanta Asian American Association, National Federation of Indian Associations, Kashmiri Association and a producer of the popular “Namaste Bombay” TV show in Atlanta, Georgia, for several decades. His special contributions to Asian and Indian senior citizens are noteworthy.