Friday, 29 November 2019

An image of the President of India Ram Nath Kovind presenting Banwarilal Satya Narayan Goenka with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award from at the Valedictory Session of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Varanasi. He is the first person of Indian origin from Myanmar to receive this honour.

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award is the highest honor given to Non Resident Indian (NRI), Person of Indian Origin (PIOs) who have achieved the following:

"Better understanding abroad of India; support to India’s causes and concerns in a tangible way; building closer links between India, the overseas Indian community and their country of residence; social and humanitarian causes in India or abroad; welfare of the local Indian community; Philanthropic and charitable work; eminence in one’s field or outstanding work, which has enhanced India’s prestige in the country of residence; or eminence in skills which has enhanced India’s prestige in that country (for non-professional workers)."

Banwarilal Satya Narayan Goenka is the son of the lay meditation teacher S.N. Goenka, and the only son who still resides in Burma. The sons have played a more controversial role in the organization of late, as debates have taken place and divisions have widened in the final years of the elder Goenka's life and following his passing.

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