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India Abroad Person of the Year 2012, a milestone

Last updated on: June 23, 2013 02:00 IST

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US Congressman Ami Bera, right, and USAID Administrator Raj Shah, left, at the India Abroad Person of the Year Awards 2012 at The Pierre in New York City.

After creating history in two very pivotal areas of governance, they created history at the awards -- one of the most coveted of the Indian-American community -- with India Abroad choosing two India Abroad Persons of the Year for the first time.

It coincided with the 10th anniversary of the awards.

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India Abroad Person of the Year for Political Achievement 2012

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From the Editors

Ami Bera, for creating legislative history; for inspiring future generations and for starting a fresh conversation in democracy.


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India Abroad Person of the Year for Public Service 2012

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Raj Shah, for being an outstanding leader; for his commitment to the advancement of human dignity; and for leading America's quest for bringing hope to those who need it most.



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India Abroad Award for Lifetime Achievement 2012

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Natwar Gandhi, for his exemplary contribution to public administration; for being a master-craftsmen of finance and for ushering the nation's capital into an era of prosperity.



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India Abroad Award for Lifetime Achievement 2012

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Romesh Wadhwani, for his remarkable philanthropy; for being an accomplished entrepreneur and for generously giving back to the country of his birth and, indeed the world.



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India Abroad Publisher's Special Award for Excellence 2012

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Amrit Singh, for her bold work in exposing human rights violation; for bravely asking uncomfortable questions and for demanding accountability from the American State.



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India Abroad Face of the Future Award 2012

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Raj Chetty, for being one of the world's most brilliant economists; for pushing the frontiers of economic thought; and for being a true genius poised for greater glory.



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India Abroad Award for Lifetime Service to the Community 2012

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Sambhu Banik, for being a pioneering community leader; for being a voice for the mentally challenged and for his lifelong dedication to service.



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India Abroad Gopal Raju Award for Community Service 2012

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Valarie Kaur, for making her law degree and film camera her 'sword and shield;' for drawing wisdom from her heritage and for being a soldier of the Sikh community. 



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India Abroad Special Award for Achievement 2012

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Nithin Tumma, for his spectacular breakthrough in breast cancer research; for being a teenage science sensation and for the hope he holds for future innovations.



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India Abroad Special Award for Achievement 2012

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Deepika Kurup, for being America's top young scientist; for her innovative solution for purifying water and for pursuing an idea that can save millions of lives across the world.



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India Abroad Special Award for Achievement 2012

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Snigdha Nandipati, for being the wizard of words; for continuing an Indian American winning streak and for consolidating a tradition of excellence.



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India Abroad Special Award for Achievement 2012

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Rahul Nagvekar, for his emphatic dominion on the map of the world; for his wide-ranging interest across cultures and for being a phenomenal first-time contender.



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India Abroad Friend of India Award 2012

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Marshall Bouton, for his enduring commitment spanning five decades; for being an articulate spokesperson and an extraordinary cheerleader for India.



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