Instituted by the Sanksriti Yuva Sanstha, a Jaipur-headquartered NGO, the Bharat Gaurav Award has been felicitating individuals who have achieved a landmark in their profession and made India proud. Since 2012, the award has been conferred upon various individuals including the Late Neerja Bhanot, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi Indira Nooyi, media mogul Mr Subhash Chandra and actor Manoj Kumar.

This year the awards will be held at the prestigious United Nations headquarters in New York, where 26 personalities including spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Padma Bhushan Dr Bindeshwar Pathak, film director Padma Bhushan Madhur Bhandarkar, Founder of TV Asia Padma Shri Dr HR Shah, Padma Vibhushan Dr KH Sancheti, the Late Kalpana Chawla and writer Chetan Bhagat will be awarded.

Adding a local flavour to the awards, the Bharat Gaurav Awards this year will be honouring two Indians residing in London, who have contributed to both UK and India through their work. Businessman who was once president of the Delhi unit of National Students Union and the ex-Mayor of London borough of Southwark Mr Sunil Chopra will be honoured, along with the Managing Director of UK’s leading multicultural marketing agency Here and Now 365 Manish Tiwari.

Speaking about the award, Mr Tiwari said: “It is an honour to be recognised by the Bharat Gaurav Awards at the United Nations headquarters. I feel humbled in receiving the award alongside greats such as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the Late Kalpana Chawla. It has been eleven years since I started Here and Now 365 with a clear vision of championing multiculturalism in the world and to build bridges between cultures, consumers and brands. It gives me great pride that over the years not only have we helped Indian brands such as Unilever India, State Bank of India and Dabur Vatika create a mark in the UK but also helped British brands reach out to the ethnic communities, especially the Indian community based in the UK.”

The Bharat Guarav Awards will be taking place on the 9th of June at an elaborate ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, where they will unveil a coffee table book, which talks about the journey of the 26 winners in becoming the pride of India.