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New York Publisher Gets Vishwa Gujarati Samaj Award
(By a staff reporter) Indian-American physician, philanthropist and publisher, Padma Shri Dr. Sudhir M. Parikh of Parikh Worldwide Media, LLC, was honored with the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj's top award for a non-resident Indian Feb. 1, in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat Governor O. P. Kohli presented the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Vishwa Pratibha International Personality Award 2017 to Dr. Parikh on behalf of the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj (VGS), at a ceremony held in the Gujarat Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and attended by more than 300 people from the business world, professionals, academia, and government, as well as leading Gujaratis from United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany.
The Governor also awarded VGS's Kanjibhai Desai Gujarat Pratibha Award 2017 to Dr. Ashok Vaidya, a Mumbai-based physician engaged in research popularizing Ayurveda and other systems of medicine.
Besides the citation, a memento and shawl, the award to Dr. Parikh included and a check of Rupees 250,000, which Dr. Parikh donated to the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj for its children and women's empowerment projects.
Congratulating the award winners, Gov. Kolhi praised them for their social work and dedication to uplifting the poor. He exhorted those present to not only to help their children get a higher education but teach them to use their talent in the interest of society at large and repay the debt to the nation.
Krishnakant Vakharia, president of the Vishwa Gujarati Samaj, in welcoming the Governor and others, outlined the VGS's social welfare and other activities.
Dr. Parikh expressed his gratitude and said he was proud to be in the company of the likes of other non-resident Indians like U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, and Chicago businessman Sam Pitroda, Raj Mohan Gandhi, and others, in receiving the award. Parikh, who has received the Padma Shri as well as the Pravasi Bhartiya Sanman, said that besides his chain of newspapers he recently launched the think tank, Parikh Foundation for India’s Global Development, aimed at discussing and spreading awareness about India's emerging global role, and relations with the U.S. and other countries. He also disclosed that he will soon launch a new television news and entertainment channel in the U.S. Dr. Vaidya, in his speech, dwelt on spiritual development being an intrinsic part of any development work, and Gujarat with its historical links to leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Dayanand Saraswati who were born in Gujarat.
"He has done a lot of services not only for the Gujarati community but humanity at large," Vakharia, president of the VGS, told Desi Talk. "He helped at the time of the earthquake, the tsunami, and he has done humanitarian work in other countries," Vakharia added. He also credited Dr. Parikh for furthering U.S.-India relations. "In our view, the United States is the only great power now, and that relationship is very important for any country," Vakharia said. Some other noted guests who attended the ceremony included Krishna Pujara, leader of the National Congress of Gujarati Organizations in the U.K., and eminent architects Hemant Naik and Kalpana Naik from Brisbane, Australia. Himanshu Patel, representative of the Germany Gujarati Samaj, also attended.
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