An organisation of Non-Resident Indians has conferred Bharat Gaurav Award on Dr Pathak in recognition of his service to the cause of sanitation and social reforms
Founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reforms Movement, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak was conferred with prestigious Bharat Gaurav Award along at UN headquarter in New York on June 9.
The award was conferred on him by Sanskriti Yuva Sanstha, an organisation of Indian diaspora in the United States of America, for “encouraging each and every one to bloom into a next idol of tomorrow”, the award citation read adding, “ You are the pride of our country and we feel privileged to hand over the Fifth “Bharat Gaurav” Lifetime Achievement Award”.
Along with Dr Pathak other prominent dignitaries to be awarded were spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Late Kalpana Chawla, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Acharya Lokesh Muni.
In another function Dr Pathak announced to name a village in Mewat region of Haryana after US President Donald Trump. He said the village will be named after the US President to give a fillip to India-US relationship. “I announce to name one village in India as Trump Village,” Dr Pathak announced at a community event organised in the suburbs of Washington DC.
Dr Pathak urged the Indian-American community to help realise the goal of sanitation and cleanliness in India while giving his presentation to local leaders about his forays into affordable toilets. Republican leader from Virginia, Ed Gillespie, who reportedly took interest in Sulabh International’s technology highlighted the crucial role played by the Indian-American community in the US, saying, “The US has a very strong relationship with India.”
Virginia Republican Puneet Ahluwalia, underscoring the high cost of maintenance in rural Virginia, said, “Several officials from both Virginia and Maryland have expressed their interest in adopting it locally so as to bring the cost down.”
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