Queen honours Indian-origin multi-faith campaigner

December 31st, 2008 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Dec 31 (IANS) A prominent multi-faith campaigner and a school headteacher lead a list of at least a dozen Indian-origin men and women named Wednesday in the British Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.Indarjit Singh, who heads the London-based Network of Sikh Organisations, and Tarun Kapur, executive headteacher, Ashton-on-Mersey and Broadoak Schools, Trafford, were both awarded the CBE, one of the highest honours in the annual list.

Singh, a regular voice on BBC radio, was given the award for services to religion and community, while Kapur was honoured for services to education.

Indian-origin people in who were honoured with various other awards include Anita Kumari Bhalla, editor of Public Space Broadcasting, BBC; Kuldip Kaur Bharj, senior lecturer in midwifery, Leeds University; Uday Kumar Dholakia for services to business in Leicestershire; Lakhbir Kaur and Lucky Dhillon for services to the Asian media; Asha Khemka, principal of the West Nottinghamshire College; Chitra Bharucha for services to the animal feed industry; Parvin Bhatia, a general practitioner in Richmond, London; Pradip Kumar Datta, founder, Wick Surgical Courses; Jagdish Dave for services to education and to Asian people; and Shiv Pabary, a dentist at Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Queen also honoured several other South Asians, including Musharraf Husain, director of the Karimia Institute in Nottingham; Kumar Muthalagappan, managing director, Pearl Hotels and Restaurants Group, Warwickshire; Anis Rahman for voluntary services to the Bangladeshi community in Harrow, London; Enam Ali, a well-known London restaurateur; Ishtiaq Ali for services to local communities in Lancashire; Mamum Rashid Chowdhury for promoting Asian community football in east London; Zafar Iqbal for services to education in Birmingham; and Tamsila Tauqir for services to the Muslim community.

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