British Prime Minister David Cameron was presented with a Special Recognition Award at Downing Street on Friday 8th November, to begin the proceedings for the annual The Sikh Awards 2013.
The pivotal moment between the pair captured the essence of the strong bond between the UK and India, the award was presented to the PM by the Award�۪s Founder Mr Navdeep Singh.
Mr Cameron was awarded the Special Recognition Award for the several firsts he has instigated between the UK and the Sikh community in India, including becoming the first serving UK Prime Minister to pay his respects at the Golden Temple.
Receiving his award at 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister David Cameron delivered a message for the attendees of The Sikh Awards: “Firstly I must apologise that I can�۪t be with you but I�۪d like to send my warmest wishes to everyone. It is a tremendous honour to receive this award and I��d like to say a big thank you for the privilege. These awards are all about highlighting the very best of the Sikh faith both here in Britain and abroad, and I want to congratulate all those who are being recognized for their contribution.
It was such a privilege to visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar earlier this year and on that visit I learnt a huge amount about the values that are so important to Sikhs across the world – a devotion to God, earning an honest living, sharing your community. These are the values that run right through the heart of this great faith, and they’re the values you�۪re here to celebrate tonight.
So congratulations again to all the nominees, thank you again for my award and I hope you all have a fantastic evening.”
Following the award exchange between Mr Cameron and Mr Singh, the prestigious ceremony for The Sikh Awards 2013 was held on Saturday 9th November 2013 at The Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. The Awards recognise the pivotal contributions made by the Sikh community across a variety of fields with nominations received from around the world.
Amongst the winners was USA based Prabjot Kaur Randhawa who won the Sikhs in Media award. She is the chief political television correspondent at WIS TV, an NBC television station based in Columbia, one of the only Sikh journalists in the American mainstream media.