A leading solicitor, a broadcaster and a social activist were among the four NRIs honoured in London by the overseas wing of the Indian National Congress, for their outstanding contribution to society, on the occasion of India's 61st Independence Day.
Solicitor Hari Singh, poet and broadcaster at Kismat Radio Sathi Ludianvi, social activist and prominent leader of the Conservative party, Anita Kapoor and eminent doctor Dharmendra Tripathi were felicitated by India's Acting High Commissioner to UK Asoke Mukerji here last night, at event organised by the Indian Overseas Congress (UK).
Balwant Kapoor, freedom fighter and President of the IOC (UK) said NRIs were proud of India's achievements under the leadership of Manmohan Singh, emphasising that economic growth must be all-inclusive and effective steps should be taken to bridge the gulf between rich and the poor.
Brahm Mahindra, MLA and former cabinet minister of Punjab, who was a special guest on the occasion, said the Indo-US nuclear deal would go a long way in making India strong economically.
He also hailed the strong stand taking by India in safeguarding the interest of farmers at the WTO talks.
In a message, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh complimented NRIs for their efforts to be good citizens of their adopted countries, while keeping alive their links with India.
In her message, Sonia Gandhi, Congress President and chairperson of India's ruling coalition said, "We are making India into a strong country, strong in its independence, strong in the defence of its territory and integrity, strong in its economy, strong in its commitment to the values of secularism."