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Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in Chennai 2009


13 NRIs honoured Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award


Chennai, Jan. 09, 2009
Santosh Kumari

The following 13 NRIs were honoured with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards by President Prathiba Patel at the seventh PBD meet in Chennai on January 9, 2009.

The Award shall be conferred on a NRI, Person of Indian origin or an organization or institution established and run by the Non-Resident Indians or Persons of Indian Origin, who has made -significant contribution towards better understanding abroad of India and support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way; significant contribution for the welfare of diaspora; notable contribution in philanthropic and charitable work and for social and humanitarian causes in India and abroad; significant contribution in building closer links between India and its diaspora in the economic, cultural and scientific fields; eminence in one’s field for outstanding work which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence; or eminence in his skills which has enhanced India’s prestige.The maximum number of Awards each year shall be fifteen (15)

City, Country
1 Ramdien Sardjoe Vice-President, Republic of Suriname. Recognised for his contributions to the welfare of the Indian diaspora in Suriname.
2 Angidi Veeriah Chettiar, Vice-President, Republic of Mauritius. Recognised for his contributions to Indo-Mauritian friendship.
3 Soman Baby Associate Editor, Gulf Daily News Recognised for his contributions to the welfare of the Indian community.
4 Deepak Obhrai MP and Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Canada. Recognised for his contributions in strengthening of India-Canada relations.
5 Ylias Akbaraly, prominent businessman from Madasgar. His contribution in strengthening of the India-Malagasy relations and for his service to the Indian Diaspora.
6 G. Vadiveloo, only Malaysian-Indian to be elected as the President of the Malaysian Senate His services to the Indian community in Malaysia
7 Ram Lakhina Chairman of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation, Amsterdam. His pioneering contribution to the welfare of Indian community in Netherlands.
8 P N C Menon eminent philanthropist with a deep commitment to social service. Recognised for his dedicated social service and for his philanthropic activities
9 Parmananthan ‘Prema’ Naidoo Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment in the city of Johannesburg. Recognised for his exemplary services in ameliorating the plight of South Africans of Indian descent.
10 J R Gangaramani founder member of Indian Business and Professional Group, Abu Dhabi. Recognised for his dedicated service to the Indian community in the UAE.
11 Baroness Shreela Flather Member of the House of Lords. Recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Indian community in the UK through her public service.
12 Prof CK Prahalad Professor, University of Michigan-Business School. , USA Recognised for his enormous contributions in the field of management and for enhancing the understanding of India through his academic work.
13 Prof Sumit Ganguly Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, USA. Recognised for his stellar contribution to political thought and for fostering the understanding of India through his scholarship.








Pravasi Bharatiya Divas has been celebrated for some 6 years now and it has been successful to link overseas Indians to India and sought to integrating them into India's development. The 7th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas will be held from 7th - 9th January 2009. The Pravasi Bharatiya Divas provides a platform for overseas Indians to help bond with India