Salman Rushdie leads over 40 British Indians in Queen’s Jubilee Honors list

Mr. Rushdie is made a Fellow of Honor, an exclusive club with membership limited to 65 people at a time, for his services to literature

Mr. Rushdie is made a Fellow of Honor, an exclusive club with membership limited to 65 people at a time, for his services to literature

Salman Rushdie, the Mumbai-born author of the Booker Prize-winning novel The Midnight Childrentops a list of over 40 Indian-born professionals and community champions to be honored in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Mr Rushdie is named a Companion of Honor, an exclusive club whose membership is limited to 65 people at a time, for his services to literature in a list released overnight June 1 as Jubilee Honors to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. 70 years of service of Elizabeth II in the United Kingdom

“It is a privilege to be part of such an illustrious company, past and present,” said the 74-year-old author, who was the subject of a fatwa by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini for his controversial novel satanic verses over 30 years ago.

The Companion of Honor is a special award given to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government over a long period of time.

Very few receive this high honour, which has been conferred on figures like former British prime ministers Winston Churchill and John Major and famous physicist Stephen Hawking in the past.

“Born in Bombay, he later attended Rugby School and King’s College, Cambridge, where he read the story,” reads the quote from Mr Rushdie, author of 14 novels.

“Beginning his career in advertising, The Midnight Children was voted twice (1993 and 2008) Best of the Bookers by the public. He was knighted for his services to literature in 2007. He is also a noted non-fiction author, essayist, co-editor and humanist,” he noted.

Others honored with some of the highest royal awards coinciding with celebrations of the 96-year-old monarch’s 70-year reign, include a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Avnish Mitter Goyal, chairman of Care England, for his services. social welfare and philanthropy.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) include Hotelier Kishorkant (Vinu) Bhattessa for charitable and voluntary services, particularly during COVID-19, and Liverpool manager Rohit Naik for services to the ‘education.

Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) recognize a large number of British Indians who have contributed to their local community, including councilors Pranav Bhanot and Ameet Jogia.

In the health sector, Prof Indranil Chakravorty of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) and orthopedic surgeon Prof Srimathi Rajagopalan Murali are among those to receive an MBE.

Dr. Chila Kumari Singh Burman, Sandeep Mahal, Prof. Daljit Nagra and Dr. Chithra Ramakrishnan are among those honored by MBEs in Arts, Culture and Literature.

“I am delighted and honored to receive this important recognition for my academic and voluntary work,” said Dr Nikita Ved, researcher and lecturer in medicine at the University of Oxford and co-founder of the 1928 Institute dedicated looking at British Indians. , who received an MBE for COVID-19 response services.

“Although I and others have reservations about the term ‘member of the British Empire’, I accept this award in the spirit of recognition, particularly at my age, as I have the feeling that many young people are being overlooked for their hard work,” said the 32-year-old academic.

Further down the list, Varsha Kumari Mistry – forensic practitioner at Scotland Yard – received an Order of the British Empire (BEM) medal for her services to diversity and inclusion in policing and to the Hindu community.

As a tribute to the Queen, recipients were recognized for their outstanding contributions across all sectors, but in particular for sustained public service, environment and sustainability, and youth engagement.

“This historic platinum jubilee is not just a celebration of the monarch but of the qualities she possesses,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

“The honors she bestows this week reflect many of those qualities which have been invaluable from all walks of life and communities across the UK. I pay tribute to all of this year’s winners. Their stories of courage and compassion are an inspiration to all of us,” he said.

A total of 1,134 candidates have been nominated for honors in different areas by the UK Cabinet Office – which compiles the list, with 13.3% of successful candidates from an ethnic minority background.

Other winners include a knighthood for crime writer Ian Rankin and CBEs for actor Damian Lewis and fashion designer Stella McCartney.

The Honors List is published annually to coincide with the Queen’s official birthday celebrations in early June. This year is marked by extra pomp and ceremony as the Platinum Jubilee of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

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