Call for “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award” for Indo-American leader Zed gaining ground

November 14th, 2007 - 2:32 am ICT by admin  
Now, the police chief of Reno has joined various other organizations and individuals in demanding Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for Rajan Zed, who recited the historic first prayer from ancient Indian scriptures in the US Senate a few months back.

These organizations have been highlighting Zed’s work for promoting ancient Indian heritage and culture abroad, interfaith dialogue, and peace; restoring a sense of belonging and self-esteem among Indians; and his services to the sick/hospitalized and other community.

The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards are the highest honor for Indians settled abroad and shall be presented on January nine next by President of India in New Delhi at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, the annual conclave of the Indian diaspora.

Michael Poehlman, Reno’s police chief, in a letter to the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, has strongly recommended Zed for the award, saying, “Mr. Rajan Zed has helped bring communities together in order to promote compassion, cooperation, community service, and partnership through interfaith dialogue. He studied and worked with different spiritual traditions from the vantage point of respect, accuracy and appreciation. He believes that by working with other people of different traditions than one’s own, one gets the opportunity to refine and appreciate one’s own tradition and belief. With his cooperative and positive interaction with people of different religious traditions/faiths, he derives a common ground in belief through a concentration on similarities between faiths”.

Talking about Rajan Zed’s service for the community, Poehlman further stated, “Moreover, he helps the sick in various hospitals of northwestern Nevada and adjoining California by volunteering as a chaplain. He serves on Reno Police Chief Advisory Board and on the Board of Directors of various other prestigious organizations and never hesitates to help in social/community issues…”

“It is an honor to put his name forward for your distinguished award,” Poehlman added.

The Nevada Clergy Association, Prayer and Peace Circle, India Heritage Panel, and various other organizations and individuals have already demanded Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award for Zed.

Besides the US Senate, Rajan Zed read the historic first prayer from ancient Indian Sanskrit scriptures in California State Senate, Nevada State Senate and Nevada State Assembly in the past few months and is very active in interfaith dialogue in the region.

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Zed recently addressed the congregation of Unity Church of Today, Annual Ramadan Dialogue and Friendship Dinner of Sierra Foundation, and Unitarian Universalist church. He has been invited to address Annual Conference of Catholic Diocese in January next. (ANI)

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