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Senior Indian community members honored
January 12, 2019, 3:33 pm

Indian Ambassador H.E. K. Jeeva Sagar honored a number of senior Indian community members as part of celebrations marking Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD), which was held at the Indian embassy auditorium on 9 January.

The select gathering included several ambassadors and prominent Indian community members who witnessed the handing over of a special certificate of appreciation, on behalf of the Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj, to local Kuwaiti singer Mubarak Al Rashid. The certificate was in appreciation of his rendition of Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite song 'Vaishnav Jan To’, at an event held during the recent visit to Kuwait by the Indian foreign minister.

The PBD event also saw the awarding of medals to two Indian nationals, Sherin Thomas Baby and Shad Ahmed, who were the winners in the Bharat ko Janiya quiz competition organized by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Sagar pointed out that Indians are the most preferred expat community by Kuwaitis, because of their hard work and law-abiding nature. He added that it was our responsibility to reciprocate the love and affection of this country with sincere work.

Four senior Indian nationals, Kuldeep Singh Lamba, Dhiraj Oberoi, K.G. Abraham and S.K. Wadhawan, who have excelled in their fields of activity over the years and have very successful businesses, were honored with shawls by British Ambassador H.E. Michael Davenport and South African Ambassador H.E. Mzolisa Bona. A special recognition was also presented to Jasmine Shuaiber, which was accepted on her behalf by her son Adeeb Shuaiber.

Indian Ambassador Sagar pointed out that by honoring the senior-most Indians in Kuwait, “we are honoring the presence of over a million Indians from the community who live peacefully in this country".

The Indian community in Kuwait number almost a million and are contributing to the growth and development of Kuwait in several areas. Ambassador Sagar revealed that the Kuwaiti government also acknowledged the contribution of the Indian community for their hard work and dedication.

Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is held every two years in India, during the event more than 5,000 Indians from all over the world participate in seminars, round table conferences and networking as part of the Indian governments initiative to engage with the Indian diaspora. This year the event is scheduled for 21–23 in the North Indian city of Varanasi.

During the three-day event the highest civilian award for overseas Indians, the Pravasi Bhartiya Saman, will be bestowed on a select few for their contribution to the Indian diaspora, as well as promoting India overseas in a positive way.

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