NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul and Yoga guru Swami Ramdev have been honoured with the Mahaveer Awards for their contribution towards promotion of Indian culture and values.
Judge Mota Singh, the first Asian to become a Judge in the UK, was also given the award by Nitin Mehta, Member of the Order of the British Empire, at a simple ceremony in the committee room of the House of Commons on Thursday evening.
The awards have been instituted by The Young Indians Vegetarians Society.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh said principles of non-violence and fair-play enunciated by Lord Mahaveer guided him during his professional career.
Swami Ramdev in his address advocated vegetarianism and healthy life through the practice of Pranayama, the ancient yogic science.
Swami Ramdev later attended a garden tea party hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace. Earlier in the day, he met NRI steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal.
The yoga guru arrived here on Thursday on a month-long visit to organize a series of workshops to propagate yoga.