An Indian-origin British obstetrician and member of the UK Parliament has been honoured for his work in the medical profession.
Lord Narendra Babubhai Patel was given the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ during the Asian Achievers Awards for his work in the medical profession and public life in Britain over the years.
The 78-year-old is widely regarded for his firm stance on social justice, equality and those less fortunate.
The Asian Achievers Awards are organised by Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL) every year to honour British Asian achievements across different fields.
Other winners included Mr Selva Pankaj, CEO of Regent Group – a London-based education skills and training development group; Ms Manjit Gill, CEO of Binti, a social enterprise that works for women’s causes in India and Africa; and Paralympian Mr Ryan Raghoo, a long jumper who suffers from cerebral palsy.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said in a message issued for the awards night,”This is a celebration of the enormous contribution British Asian make to our country. We see their success in sports, in enterprise and running of multi-million-pound businesses, media, public services and our Armed Forces.”
Mr Patel, member of the House of Lords who also serves as Chancellor of the University of Dundee, said: “This is a real honour. It feels like the bigger the award, the less deserving we may be.”
The event raised 180,000 pounds (USD 2.34 lakh) through a live auction for its charity partner, Indian Ocean Disaster Relief, set up after the 2004 Tsunami to provide immediate relief and long-term projects in case of natural disasters. More than 650 people including business tycoons, entrepreneurs, MPs and the uniformed services, attended the awards now in its 16th year.