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Samman Award for Sir Anand

Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. The Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand, was presented a Samman Award at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conference in New Delhi, India. The
22 Jan 2011 12:00

image Written By : SHRATIKA NAIDU. The Governor General of New Zealand, Sir Anand Satyanand, was presented a Samman Award at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conference in New Delhi, India.
The three-day conference ended on January 9, with this award presentation by the President of India, Pratibha Patil.
Sir Anand was one of 15 individuals of Indian origin conferred this award to commemorate lifetime accomplishments in the global Indian Diaspora.
He was also one of the chief guests at the conference and delivered a speech on globalisation.
“Globalisation is connecting people through technology and knowledge,” Sir Aanad said.
He said New Zealand has 9000 Indian students and is fast becoming an attractive destination for higher education.
He added that global Indians have the very best to offer to the world.
“Being a returnee, I feel honoured to receive this award,” Sir Anand said.
He said that he always felt happy and satisfied to visit India.
“I strongly feel that it is very important that people of Indian origin connect to their mother land and find out their roots.
“That identity, that is who am I, is what makes a person.”
Sir Anand was sworn-in as New Zealand’s 19th governor general for a five-year term in August, 2006.
He is New Zealand’s first Governor General of Indian and Pacific ancestry.
He has had more than 35 years career as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman and has contributed to the community in a number of fields such as in professional and sporting groups.
“I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand,” Sir Anand said.
He said his parents, having been born in Fiji before migrating to New Zealand while his grandparents were born in India, had migrated to Fiji to escape from poverty.
“My career began when I graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Auckland in 1970,” Sir Anand said.
He worked at the Crown Solicitor’s office in Auckland and spent six years as a partner in the Auckland law firm, Shieff Angland.
In 1982, he was appointed a District Court Judge with a warrant for civil and criminal cases, specialising in criminal trials.
In 1995 he was appointed a parliamentary ombudsman, serving two five-year terms.
Sir Anand is married to Susan and is a father of three.
The President of India, Pratibha Patil, praised Sir Anand highly for the position he holds and keeping in contact with his mother land, India.
She said the event coincided with the 96th anniversary of the homecoming of Mahatma Gandhi back to Indian shores from South Africa and acknowledged Ela Gandhi’s presence.
“This gathering of global Indians should pledge to work actively for upholding Gandhian philosophy and values, which will promote peace and understanding so essential in the world today,” Ms Patil said.
She spoke about India’s long and ancient history of contacts with the outside world and pointed out that overseas Indians had shown outstanding capabilities in professional, academic, social, cultural and political fields.
“They are known for determination in the face of adversity, fortitude in difficult circumstances, and the spirit of never giving up. They have thus endeared themselves to their fellow citizens in their adopted home countries,” she said.
“We are gathered not only because we share common bonds of ethnicity, language, culture and tradition, but also because we are part of a global village,” Ms Patil said.
She said it was a society and an economy in which, as it rapidly changes because of technological advances, we all have to constantly redefine our roles and positions, while at the same time retain our central values and rich heritage.

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