Asian Inspiration In New Year’s Honours

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Dedication and compassion lead the way in helping others

Inspirational figures from the Asian Community have been rewarded in the 2018 New Years Honours list. A healthy total of 9.2 per cent of individuals chosen for special recognition come from a BAME background covering several age groups. Hertfordshire Lawyer Aina Khan will receive an OBE for her services involving the protection of women and children in unregistered marriages. Obviously delighted she told the BBC: “You probably imagine it will be middle-aged English men getting it the most, but when the envelope arrives it’s a really special feeling, because you realise it’s actually something that’s real and happens to ordinary people.”

People Working for The Common Good

A strong 70 per cent are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. And it’s good to see 551 women recognised in the List, representing 49 per cent of the total.

Ladies Leading the Way

These include Ms Nuzhat Saleh (Mrs Gould) Assistant Director at the Directorate of Legal Services, Metropolitan Police Service, awarded a CBE for vital work in the field. Nottinghamshire based Ms Buldev Kaur Angela Kandola, the Founder, of AWAAZ charity, has been a leading light in the provision of services to vulnerable people with mental health issues at Carrington Point. Her British Empire Medal is a just reward for her tireless efforts. She’ll be joined by Ms Neelam Farzana, Managing Director of The Listening Service also for services to mental health in the community, who has been awarded and MBE.

An OBE will go to Ms Vinodka Murria from Surrey for her efforts toward the UK Digital Economy and Advancing Women in the Software Sector. In Lancashire Sajda, Majeed has been given an MBE for inspirational achievements in her local Burnley community.

Also, to give a special mention to is Professor Pratibha Laxman GAI Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy, who has been awarded a damehood.

The professor of the University of York, has been awarded for her services to chemical sciences and technology. She has been lauded for creating the first microscope that has the ability of perceiving chemical reactions at the atomic scale.

Professor Gai opted not to patent her technology so as to encourage the widest possible fundamental research.

All Walks of Life So Important

The sizeable list includes community leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs and campaigners. Councillor Balwant Singh Chadha Lately Councillor, North Lanarkshire Council, has been awarded an MBE for services to Local Government and Community Cohesion in the West of Scotland. In Renfrewshire, Shyamal Kanti Sengupta will be rewarded for innovative services to Interfaith Relations

His joy will be shared by Jarnail Singh Athwal from Uxbridge, Founder and Managing Director of Premier Decorations Ltd, for selfless works to both business and charity. Bobby Gurbhej Singh Dev, has been selected for an MBE for his dedication to Young People in Sheffield.

Kindness and Compassion

It’s always re-assuring to see continual acts of kindness and compassion being rewarded, and with the homeless being in the spotlight at this time of year it seems fitting Asish Jaidev Soni should be acknowledged with a medal for voluntary and charitable services to homeless people in London.  Staying in the capital, Subhash Chander Mahajan also gets an MBE for services to the community in Hounslow.

An Example to Others

Dr Rohit Shankar Consultant in Adult Developmental Psychiatry, at the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, receives an MBE for championing people with learning disabilities in Cornwall. An OBE goes to Rilesh Kumar Jadeja, National Access to Work Delivery Manager at the Department for Work and Pensions. It’s for services to people with disabilities. Naeem Rabbani Qureshi has served his Sparkbrook community well in Birmingham, and receives an MBE. And finally, Deviesh Tankaria International Youth Chairman of the Sathya Sai International Organisation receives a coveted medal.

A total of 1,123 people have been honoured this time around.

You can view the full list here


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