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Honour for Indian American publisher

Gopal Raju will be honoured in US by the Taraknath Das foundation for fostering Indo-American understanding.

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 10:24 IST

Well-known Indian American publisher Gopal Raju will be honoured by the Taraknath Das foundation for fostering Indo-American understanding.

The award will be given to Gopal Raju on Nov 8 in New York, according to a foundation press release.

For the last 15 years, the foundation has been giving an award to a person or persons or institution that has contributed to promoting understanding between India and the US.

Raju was the founder-publisher of India Abroad, the popular ethic Indian weekly. He also founded the India Abroad News Service that later became an Indian company, the present day Indo-Asian News Service, or IANS.

At present he is the publisher of a group of publications including News India-Times, Desi Talk and Gujarat Times catering to the South Asian community in the US.

In 1975, Raju established the Indian American Foundation, which supports organisations and individuals addressing needs of the common people in South Asia and responds to humanitarian crises in the region.

In 1994, he founded the Indian American Center for Political Awareness in Washington DC that seeks to politically empower the Indian community and encourage them to be active participants in the American political process.

The Taraknath Das foundation gives grants to South Asian students in the US and to NGOs in India.

Past recipients of the award include noted writer RK Narayan, scientist S Chandrasekhar, writer Anita Desai, audio-engineer Amar G Bose and journalist Phillips Talbot.