The 36th International Congress of Non Resident Indians (NRIs) recently hosted a mega event in New Delhi generating global partnerships by inviting highly accomplished NRIs from various parts of the world. On the occasion, ‘Hind Rattan Award’ was conferred on NRIs by the NRI Welfare Society of India for their outstanding services, achievements and contributions.
The ‘Hind Rattan Award’ (Jewel of India) is one of the highest Indian diasporic award granted every year to NRIs by the NRI Welfare Society of India. In conjunction with the national Pravasi Bharatiya Divas celebrations, the award is granted at the society’s annual congress on the eve of India’s Republic Day. The award ceremony is attended by the Prime Minister’s Office, senior members of the Government, Supreme Court of India, international diplomats and celebrities.
The number of awardees varies each year. Award selections are made among the society leadership and awardees are invited to attend the conference in New Delhi to accept their awards.
American Social Entrepreneur and Prince Organisation CEO Sunil Tolani, along with other distinguished and eminent NRIs were honoured with ‘Hind Rattan Award’.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, “NRIs have been our brand ambassadors since decades. They are showcasing the image of India by culture, tradition, skills and style of life while dwelling in foreign countries. It will be our duty to keep them sentimentally and emotionally linked for enabling them to make substantial contributions towards the progress of the motherland. NRIs have now become the strength of an economically and financially powerful India. They have always been in forefront to upload the dignity and cause of motherland that is Bharat.”
Tolani, upon getting the written confirmation, stated, “I credit my parents for instilling values and teaching me the importance of promoting ethical and kind behaviour. I live by example that greatness is not found in material possessions, power or position, but in goodness, service, good character and humility. I am a human with a heart and soul behind the vast organisation and not a heartless CEO. I try to do my best to bring a holistic approach to business as our reach and care goes far beyond the walls of our numerous enterprises and business interests across the Americas. This honour is my biggest trophy and it feels like I have won the Super bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup and the World Cup trophy all at once. I will continue to make our Global Indian community even more proud.”
Mohammed Islam, the founder of South Asian Biz Network (SABAN) nominated Sunil Tolani. Islam is a pro-business, leadership, advocacy and social network organisation for South Asians in America’s business community. Islam said, “We are very impressed with his exceptional professionalism and commitments as a social entrepreneur.” He remembers a conversation in which Tolani said, “I want to grow Prince Organisation with ideals and values and not be impersonally mindlessly pursuing material wealth.”