Hinduja brothers win lifetime achievement award in Britain

British Indian billionaire brothers Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja have been presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to UK’s Asian community.

The awards, in their 13th year now, are organised by the ABPL Group, publishers of ‘Asian Voice’ and ‘Gujarat Samachar’ newspapers in the UK, to celebrate the achievements of South Asians based in Britain.

This year’s awards were dedicated towards highlighting the achievements of Asian women and all the money raised from a charity auction was earmarked for the Lily Foundation, a charity working against human trafficking in India and the UK.

The London-based scions of the Hinduja Group conglomerate were given the award at the annual Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) 2013.

Hinduja brothers win lifetime achievement award in Britain

Hinduja brothers win lifetime achievement award in Britain

The Group has expanded and diversified its businesses since 1914, with significant social and charitable contributions, under the present leadership of Chairman, Srichand, ably supported by his brothers, Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok. Today, the Hinduja Group has become one of the largest diversified groups in the world spanning all the continents. The Group employs over 70,000 people and has offices in many key cities of the world and all the major cities in India.

“This is a great honour and makes our responsibility more difficult and harder. Our dharma and duty is to serve the Asian community in Britain as best as we can,” Gopichand Hinduja, co-chairman of the Hinduja Group, said in his acceptance speech.

“This government sincerely values the immense contribution of Britain’s Asian community and as Prime Minister I am extremely proud to lead a truly diverse nation where people of all backgrounds live and work so well together,” said British Prime Minister David Cameron in a special message sent for the awards.

Hinduja Brothers receiving the lifetime achievement award in London. Along with Hinduja Brothers on the picture are Cherie Blair, Subaskaran Allirajah and ABPL Editor CB Patel.

Hinduja Brothers receiving the lifetime achievement award in London. Along with Hinduja Brothers on the picture are Cherie Blair, Subaskaran Allirajah and ABPL Editor CB Patel.

Some of the key winners across the other categories included British Indian actress Seeta Indrani for achievement in media, arts and culture; Prof Naina Patel, the founder of Policy Research Institute on Community and Inter-faith Relations, for her contributions to community service; and Nandita Parshad, director of the power and energy utilities team at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Distinguished guests include American civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, Keith Vaz MP, Cherie Blair, few other Members of Parliament, Lords, Businessmen, Politicians and Press!

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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