"I'm ever so humbled to have been made an MBE."
The official publication of the New Year Honours List for 2019 was released to commemorate the contributions made by British Asians to the UK and beyond.
The list of honours the hard work and efforts by Asian men and women with South Asian roots who have made a major impact on communities around the UK.
Titles bestowed upon the Asian individuals include Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM).
In the total of 1,148 people given honours on the List, 12% are from BAME backgrounds (approximately over 135 people). Seeing an increase compared to 2018, which was 9.2%.
Of the total, 47% of them were women this year, which is 544. Seeing slightly less than 2018, which was 49%.
Some noteworthy Asian personalities appeared on the New Year Honours List for 2019.
Saeed Atcha, aged 22, who is the founder of Xplode Magazine, a charity helping young people in Greater Manchester through volunteering, jobs and skills training, became the youngest person to be awarded an MBE.
Reacting to the award, Saeed said:
“I never expected this at all, especially at my age.
“I certainly will be nominating young people for an award in the future and I would encourage others to do the same.”
“The achievements of young people should be recognised like this, the work so many young people do should be recognised, I would encourage the community to recognise them.”
Paramdeep Singh Bhatia was awarded an MBE for his services to the community. Reacting to his honour, Param said:
“I’m ever so humbled to have been made an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to charity.”
Birmingham’s British Asian woman entrepreneur Rosie Kaur Ginday, CEO of Miss Macaroon CIC, was given an MBE for her community services to help the unemployed, and British Asian musician, Nitin Sawhney, was awarded a CBE for his services to music.
Nitin in the past, turned down an OBE, saying:
“I turned down an OBE years ago and my dad passed away regretting that I didn’t take it.
“This time the offer letter came on my dad’s birthday so I took it for dad.”
British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List 2019 include:
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)
- Gurinder Singh JOSAN – Labour Party member. For political services.
- Dr Sridevi KALIDINDI – Consultant Psychiatrist in Rehabilitation and Recovery, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Rehabilitation Psychiatry.
- Nitin SAWHNEY – Musician and Composer. For services to Music.
Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Ruby Khalid BHATTI – For services to Young People and Housing.
- Farooq Ur Rehman CHAUDHRY – Producer. For services to Dance and Dance Production.
- Dr Jagbir Singh JHUTTI-JOHAL – Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies, University of Birmingham. For services to Higher Education, Faith Communities and the Voluntary Sector.
- Dr Vinod KAPASHI – For services to Jainism.
- Umer KHAN – Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police. For services to Policing and Community Cohesion.
- Nasar MAHMOOD – Chairman, British Muslim Heritage Centre. For services to Community Relations in Manchester.
- Aamer NAEEM – Chief Executive Officer, Penny Appeal. For services to Muslim Community Development.
- Dr Vijaykumar Chhotabhai Kalidas PATEL -Chief Executive Officer, Waymade Pharmaceuticals. For services to Business and Philanthropy.
- Sukhjeev SANDHU – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Audeliss and INvolve. For services to Diversity in Business.
- Shahed Saleem TARIQ – Deputy Director of Children and Families, Leeds City Council. For services to Children’s Services in Leeds.
- Professor Dr Daljit Singh VIRK – Senior Research Fellow, Bangor University, Wales. For services to Tackling Poverty Abroad and Education in Derby.
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
- Jahaid AHMAD – Immigration Officer, London and South, Home Office. For services to Law and Order.
- Fateha AHMED – Volunteer Advocacy Worker within the BME community. For services to Diverse communities in Wales.
- Riaz ALIDINA – Head of Financial Institutions Business Risk, Lloyds Banking Group. For services to Small Business Banking.
- Saeed ATCHA – CEO Xplode Magazine. For services to Young People and the community in Greater Manchester.
- Rajinder Singh BAJWE – For services to the Hospitality Industry and charity in Glasgow.
- Sujata BANERJEE – For services to Dance.
- Paramdeep Singh BHATIA – For voluntary service to Minority Communities.
- Abul Kalam Azad CHOUDHURY – Founder, Azad Choudhury Academy and Welfare Trust. For services to Education in Bangladesh.
- Dr Saroj DUGGAL – For services to Asian and Ethnic Minority Women.
- Mehmooda DUKE DL – Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Moosa-Duke Solicitors. For services to the Legal Profession and the Promotion of Female Entrepreneurship.
- Rosie Kaur GINDAY – Founder and Director, Miss Macaroon Community Interest Company. For services to the community in Birmingham.
- Gopal Krishan GUPTA – Founder and Solicitor, Gupta and Partners, and Founder, Gupta Group. For services to British Business and Philanthropy.
- Zuffar Iqbal HAQ – For public and political service.
- Monojaha Polly ISLAM – For services to charity and the UK Bangladeshi community.
- Nisha Sujata KATONA – Founder and Director, Mowgli Street Food Group Ltd. For services to the Food Industry.
- Mandeep KAUR – Sikh Chaplain to the Armed Forces. For voluntary services to Armed Forces Personnel and the Sikh community across the globe.
- Mohammed Muaaz KHAN – Founder, Eid Unwrapped and Convenor, Public Service Youth Foundation. For services to Young People.
- Surinderpal Singh LIT – Sunrise Radio MD. For services to the British-Asian community.
- Tariq MAHMOOD DAR – For services to charity and the community in Brent, London.
- Rifhat MALIK – For services to Muslim Women and to charity.
- Bhagvati PARMAR – Migration Planning Coordinator, HM Revenue and Customs. For charitable services.
- Ishver PATEL – For services to charity in the UK and Abroad.
- Pratap PAWAR – Dancer and Choreographer. For services to Dance, Culture and community Cohesion.
- Mohammed Ridwan Ahmed RAFIQUE – Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Immigration Enforcement, Home Office. For services to the Promotion of Inclusion in the Home Office and the community in Sandwell.
- Mamun-Ur- RASHID – For services to Business and the community in Govan, Glasgow.
- Kuljit Kaur SAGOO – Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network. For services to Diversity and Inclusion in the Home Office.
- Wahida SHAFFI – For services to Women, Young People, Interfaith and Community Relations.
- Balraj TANDON – For services to Business and the community in South London.
- Chandra Mohan TRIKHA – Lately Director of Distribution Performance, SSE. For services to the Energy Industry.
- Faeeza VAID – Executive Director Muslim Women’s Network UK. For services to Women’s Rights.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
- Lalit Mohan NAGPAUL JP – For services to Older People and the Asian community in North London.
- Shabnam SABIR – For services to Homeless and Young People in Oxford.
These prestigious titles are awarded to recognise those people who have committed themselves to serve and help Britain in their particular fields of work and services, and among them, these Asians have proved their dedication without a doubt.
DESIblitz Congratulates all of the honoraries!