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‘Who's Who’ decorates 8 British Bangladeshis
British Bangladeshi Who’s Who team has awarded eight personalities of the community in recognition of their services. Speaking at the British Bangladeshi Who's Who 2011 launch gala dinner, Editor Shahadoth Karim said it is the fourth year running of the publication and every year efforts are made to bring some improvement in it.
“Through it we are bringing the hidden talents and unsung heroes from the community to the fore, who are serving the community unnoticed”.
Bangladeshi High Commissioner to the UK Dr M Sayeedur Rahman Khan said that the British Bangladeshis, with the passage of time, have emerged as an active community of the society and introduction of awards to recognize the community’s talent is worth appreciating. He especially lauded the performance of British Bangladeshi Kathak dancer Akram Khan.
Chairperson of All Party Parliamentary Group on Bangladesh, Anne Mian MP said holding of awards ceremony to recognize the services of the British Bangladeshi community is indeed welcomed and the recipients are role models for younger generation.
Baroness Polauddin said British Bangladeshi community has earned recognition in almost all fields of life.
Rushanara Ali MP said the British Bangladeshi people should excel in all departments of life and it is to be hoped that in the coming days more Bangladeshi origin MPs would be coming up. Besides, the Labour Party all other political parties would also allow Bangladeshi community so that the community could be fully represented at local and national level. She said “our elders faced all challenges and because of them we are serving as a good Muslim and Bangladeshi origin citizens”.
Tower Hamlets Executive Mayor Councillor Lutfur Rahman said that Brit Bangladeshi students passed this year’s GCSE exams with distinction while many youth from the community have been elected councilors and mayors.
Former Secretary General of Muslim Council of Britain Dr Abdul Bari said the awards definitely bring the role models for the youth into limelight.
The first British Bangladeshi woman judge Sapnara Khatun said the appointment of first woman judge; first woman member of House of Lords and first woman MP is an honour for the entire community.
“Our parents faced many problems including racial discrimination but they got their children educated. We should know about our rights and make sure we get our due share. We should be proud of our identity, culture and roots”, she maintained.
Abdul Karim Goni said ‘Who's Who’ has become an important book and is helpful in understanding the individuals.
M Naufal Zamir, Dr Nazia Khanum OBE, Mayor Lutfur Rahman, Syed Samadul Haque, Dr Abdul Bari, Monir Ahmed, Siraj Ali, Al -Haj Noor Mian and others were given the awards. Zakir Khan of Canary Wharf Group, Barrister Anawar Babul Miah and others also spoke on the occasion. Alauddin entertained the audience with qawali while Rowshanara Moni with her melodious songs.