Leading NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has been conferred with the 'Pride of India' award for 2008, the highest honour by a London-based charity for his outstanding achievements in public life in the UK.
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Dominic Grieve, MP, presented the award to 78-year-old Lord Paul at a gala function at Park Inn Hotel, organised by the 'India International Foundation' last night.
Receiving the award, Lord Paul, the first Asian to be appointed to the Privy Council by the British Queen, said that "it is nice to be recognised by your own community."
"I am proud of India and it is a great country. And it is nice to receive the award from Dominic Grieve, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, who has been taking so much interest in Indian and Asian affairs," he said.
Hardyal S Luther, President of the India International Foundation, made special mention of the achievements of Lord Paul, Chairman of the Caparo Group of Industries.
"Lord Paul of Marylebone is the senior most peer amongst the Indian peers of the modern time and how delighted it is for us all that a few months ago he was elected as the Deputy speaker of the House of Lords and appointed a Privy Council by Her Majesty," Luther said.