MUMBAI: Promoters of Hinduja Group, Srichand and Gopichand
Hinduja, were presented with a 'Lifetime Achievement Award'
for their contributions to the United Kingdom's Asian community.
"This is a great honour and makes our responsibility
more difficult and harder. Our dharma and duty is to serve
the Asian community in Britain as best as we can," said
Hinduja Group co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja in his acceptance
Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja were nominated alongside another
NRI businessman Anil Agarwal, Chairman, Vedanta Resources,
former England cricket captain Nasser Hussain and Indian-born
102-year-old marathon runner Fauja Singh.
"This government sincerely values the immense contribution
of Britain's Asian community and as Prime Minister I am extremely
proud to lead a truly diverse nation where people of all backgrounds
live and work so well together," said British Prime Minister
David Cameron in a special message sent for the awards night.
The Asian Achievers Awards (AAA), in its 13th year now, are
organised by the ABPL Group, publishers of 'Asian Voice' and
'Gujarat Samachar' newspapers in the UK, to celebrate the
achievements of south Asians based in Britain.
This year's awards were dedicated towards highlighting the
achievements of Asian women and all the money raised from
a charity auction was earmarked for the Lily Foundation, a
charity working against human trafficking in India and the
"Large countries have lots of problems and these take
time to solve. But I love the idea of India and I am confident
that the time for India has come," said Indian high commissioner
to the UK Jaimini Bhagwati, a special guest at the event along
with sari-clad Cherie Blair who described herself as 'an honorary
member of the Asian community'.