Lord Gulam Noon, chairman of the Noon Products and chief guest on the occasion, presented the award to Deepak Dogra, managing editor of Mayanewspaper, and four others.
LONDON – Five NRIs have been honoured here for promoting Hindi in the UK on the occasion of ‘Hindi Diwas’ organized by the International Hindi Society.
Lord Gulam Noon, chairman of the Noon Products and chief guest on the occasion, presented the award to Deepak Dogra, managing editor of Mayanewspaper, and four others at the Indian Gymkhana here last night.
Others are C B Patel, Editor/Publisher of the bi-lingual English and Gujarati weekly Asian Voice, Dhruv Gadvi of Zee TV, Editor/Publisher of Pardes Weekly Jaskaran Singh and Patron of the International Hindi Society Rajendra Joshi.
Speaking on the occasion, Lord Noon described the UK as a “fair country” and welcomed its decision to resume contacts with Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
He also lauded the achievements of NRIs in this country in all walks of life, particularly in the field of education. Seema Malhotra, Labour MP, said: “We can feel proud of our secular identity.”
Dr Onkar Sahota, Member of Greater London Assembly emphasised the need to promote Hindi in the UK. “In this country Chinese is taught in primary and secondary schools. We should see Hindi is also taught similarly.”
Dr Jagdish Kaushal, Chairman of the International Hindi Society said: “very soon we will have Women’s Wing and Youth Wing of the Society here.”
Councillor Ashok Kapoor, Vice Chairman of the society, said: “the vision of the society is to promote all Hindustan’s culture to unify under one umbrella no matter what religion, language and culture.”
Pritam Lal, First Secretary (Coordination) in the Indian High Commission, and Jagdish Sharma, Leader of the Hounslow Council, also spoke on the occasion.