Subash Razdan wins Mahatma Gandhi award for outstanding contribution to society
On September 15th, the Friends of the South Asian American Communities (FOSAAC) held its annual awards banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Among the honorees was Atlantan Subash Razdan of the Gandhi Foundation of USA. The other awardees that evening included Dr. Jacob Eapen, a philanthropist, and Shonali Bose, a film director. Dr. Prem Reddy kicked off the awards ceremony by presenting Razdan with the Mahatma Gandhi Award for Outstanding Contribution to Society.
Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, was the chief guest at this celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Indian independence. Founded in 2000, FOSAAC aims to bring together a range of member associations and, at the same time, promote educational, social, cultural, economic, and other community-related activities among South Asian Americans. The Gandhi Foundation of USA was established in 1997, shortly before the Gandhi statue was installed at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site in Atlanta. By seeking to "focus entirely on the practical application of the philosophies of Gandhi and King," the foundation has established "a meaningful continuity in honoring both Gandhi and King beyond the dedication of the statue."
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