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Auckland businessman honoured with the highest Indian diaspora award

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Successful Auckland businessman Bhav Dhillon joins the elite company of eminent New Zealanders of Indian origin such as Rt. Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand, the former Governor General of New Zealand, Sukhi Turner (Mayor of Dunedin) and Judge Ajit Swaran Singh (Manukau District court Judge), and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (Member of Parliament) - to be honoured with Indian government’s highest Indian diaspora award - Pravasi Bhartiya Samman (Overseas Indian Award).

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind conferred the award on Dhillon on Wednesday, January 23 - the final day of the three-day biennial diaspora conclave of India (Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas) - in a state ceremony at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The award is given to acknowledge significant contributions made by global citizens of Indian-origin in the specific areas including better understanding abroad of India, support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way and building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence.

Dhillon is honoured in the category of excellence in business and services to the Indian diaspora.

"Getting Pravasi Bharatiya Samman award is a tremendous honour and privilege.

"It is one of the highest honours a member of the Indian Diaspora can receive and I am humbled and grateful to have been given this award," Dhillon says.

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with so many members of the diaspora here in New Zealand, and with both the governments over a number of years. The relationship between our two great countries is getting stronger each day as we trade more and share more cultural ties," Dhillon says.

"It is an absolute privilege to be able to work to bring together our two great nations and help members of the Indian diaspora in every possible manner," Dhillon says.

The award puts Dhillon in the elite league of eminent global citizens of Indian-origin to have received this prestigious award including Satya Nadella (CEO, Microsoft) Lord Meghnad Desai (British economist and Labour politician), Lord B. C. Parekh (political theorist and Labour member of the House of Lords), Shashi Tharoor ( Renowned Author, former career international diplomat and Indian politician), Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi (New Zealand Member of Parliament) Sam Pitroda, Prof Jagdish Bhagwati (Economist, Professor of Law and Economy at University of Columbia), and Prof C. K. Prahalad (Management Guru, rated as world's most influential business thinker).

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