MP calls for local nominations for UK-Indian awards

Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed a new awards scheme aimed at marking the achievements of people who have forged stronger links between the UK and Indian communities. 

The Dadabhai Naoroji Awards, dedicated to the first Asian MP in the UK, were launched by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg during his visit to Mumbai last month. 

Commenting on the awards, Jo said: 

“These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise those who have worked hard to strengthen and promote India-UK relations. East Dunbartonshire’s Indian community has a number of individuals who have contributed significantly to our local area, and would be worthy of a nomination. 

“I urge people to consider nominating a local resident who has excelled in furthering UK-Indian relations in our communities.” 

Launching the awards, Nick Clegg said: 

"It is a great honour to name the awards after Dadabhai Naoroji. The Grand Old Man of India is one of my political heroes, having broken down enormous barriers by entering the British Parliament as the first Asian MP and challenging European prejudices about Indians. He is celebrated for his achievements in India and in the UK, and it is fitting that we should name these awards after him."

The awards will have three categories for people who have furthered UK-Indian relations in the fields of commerce, culture and education.

Nominations close at midnight on 30 September 2014 and anyone is able to nominate an individual who they feel has made a contribution here:  

Winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by Nick Clegg at the Foreign Office in the autumn. 

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