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Asian wins Outstanding Profile Windrush

ITN news reader Krishnan Guru Murthy was awarded the Windrush Outstanding Merit Profile prize.

india Updated: Dec 27, 2003 23:21 IST

The cheering was loud for Krishnan Guru Murthy, a popular news reader with ITN, when he won the Outstanding Merit Profile award at the 5th Annual Windrush Achievement Awards at a well-attended ceremony in London.

The awards are aimed to felicitate talent among African Caribbean, Asian and Oriental communities in the UK. Doreen Lawrence and George Alagiah were voted popular Windrush Fellows, by a 35-national-judges panel.

Rageh Omaar, famous internationally for his superb daily commentary of the Iraq war was voted Newsmaker of the Year, marginally beating off Ms Dynamite.

The positive print award went to The Observer, beating The Guardian, the winner of the award for the past two years. The Windrush Partnership Award for enhancing minority contribution through positive initiatives went to London Weekend Television.

Pirthipal Singh Kang won a Trophy for the Uniformed Services and a Certificate for professional Achievement and Lopa Patel ( was an outstanding Windrush Champion for the Internet and Technology Section.

The founder of the awards, Elaine Sihera, said: "Achievement comes in all shapes and forms. Yet the greatest obstacles to achieving are a lack of self-belief, living in the past and a desire to be perfect.

"We spend our life in regret, in continuous wishing but no action, in reliving past events, past mistakes, past problems, while the present leaves us standing in darkness and disappointment. Richard Wilkins again: "Birds carry no baggage and they can fly."

She added: "Nobody can make you happy. Only you. But happiness does not come from self-obsession or with just what we want. It comes through the way we appreciate others, the time we make for them and how much we are prepared to put ourselves out for them.

"We talk about freedom a lot. But freedom isn't granted by others. It is granted by us in how we free ourselves from the barriers we erect in our thoughts, from the prisons we inhabit inside our minds and from the guilt-ridden, loveless and unforgiving way we live our lives. Freeing ourselves from such negativity is true freedom. It is the hallmark of personal power."

The awards ceremony was sponsored by the Teacher Training Agency, the Department for Transport who were main sponsors; ACAS, decibel of the Arts council, England and Black Britain Online.

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST