Siddhartha Mukherjee, 19 others win Light of India awards

June 5th, 2012 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

New York, June 5 (IANS) Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Pulitzer prize winning Indian-American writer of the “The Emperor of All Maladies”, a biography of cancer, has won one of the Light of India awards recognizing excellence of Indians living abroad.

Delhi-born Mukherjee, assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University, who won the jury award for excellence in medical sciences, was recognized with 19 other persons of Indian origin at the 2nd annual awards function here Saturday.

Other winners of the awards instituted by Remit2India, a Times Group online money transfers unit, included Columbia University professor & economist Jagdish Bhagwati and noted authors Amitav Ghosh and Indu Sundaresan.

Arun Sarin, former CEO of Vodafone Group, won the lifetime achievement award for global corporate leadership.

“Remit2India The Light of India Awards is our humble initiative to acknowledge the contributions of the global Indian community in making India the emerging superpower,” said Avijit Nanda, president of TimesofMoney Group.

“It is great to see so many leading luminaries excel and build the profile of India globally,” said Anil Kumar Sharma, Chairman of The Amrapali Group, the title sponsor for the event.

“The Amrapali Group is glad to be associated with these leading lights and hopes to work together in further enhancing the global image of India and its people.”

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