Sir Mota Singh, the United Kingdom’s first Sikh and Asian judge, knighted by Queen Elizabeth II earlier in 2010, received the ‘Pride of India Award’ 2009, instituted by the India International Foundation (IIF).
Indian High Commissioner Nalin Surie presented the trophy at the 6th annual awards of the Foundation on 20.09.2010 in the presence of a distinguished gathering, including non-resident Indian industrialist Lord Swraj Paul.
Lord Paul, recipient of the ‘Pride of India Award’ in 2009, lauded the outstanding achievements of India and said “sometimes India is more democratic than most of the Western countries.”
Sir Mota Singh has held various positions in Kenya and the U.K. in the legal fields. Sir Mota Singh, 79, was raised and educated in Nairobi, Kenya. In 1954, he shifted to England to study law.
He joined the English Bar in 1967, and within months, developed a successful practice in civil law. Sir Mota Singh said: “India, which was considered as a third world country only a few years ago, is now on the brink of being a super power.”
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan chairman Manek Dalal, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, was awarded for his outstanding achievement in ‘Administration’
Asavari Pawar, a writer and daughter of well-known Kathak dancer Partap Pawar, received the award in the field of Art and Culture.
Teji Singh, founder of Sterling Media, was given the ‘Business Award,’ while solicitor firm Zaiwala & Co’s founder Saroshi Zaiwala received the ‘Judiciary and Law Award.’
Balwant ‘Bobby’ Grewal, a philanthropist who walked from Amritsar to Kanyakumari and Edinburgh to London to raise funds for bowel cancer research in the U.K. and India — bagged the President’s Award, while Sun Mark Ltd. founder Rami Ranger was given the ‘Business House Award.’
Other recipients were: Subir Banerjee, a clinical teacher; Nitin Parekh, son of Lord Bhiku Parekh (Industry Award); and Satjit Singh, director, Shogus Consultancy Ltd. (literature & media); Iqbal Singh, researcher and writer (Medicine award); Jagdish Sharma, MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), leader of the Council of the London Borough of Hounslow and former Mayor (Legislators’ Award); Professor Roxy Senior, Consultant Cardiologist and Director of Cardiac Research, Harrow (Science Award); Kiran Bali, MBE, director, Yorkshire & Humber Faiths Forums (Social Services Award),; Kulbir Bhaura, Hockey player (Sports award); and MKC Trust — Roko Cancer Campaign (Indian organisation of the year award) were other recipients.
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