The USA awards the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award to 11 Indian Americans
For their contributions in various fields to enhance cultural, political, social, educational, and economic sectors, 11 Indian Americans were awarded the presidential award in the US
At the fourth annual gala at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Downtown Indianapolis, the Indiana India Business Council (IIBC) presented the Indiana Ratna (Jewel of Indiana) award to Mr James A. Schellinger, former Indiana Commerce Secretary and current ambassador of global relations at Butler University, as well as founder and chairman of the U.S. India SME Council and chairman of the FICCI Committee on Aerospace and Defence, Mr Sudhakar Gande.
11 Indian American personalities from various fields, were also honoured on this occasion by being awarded the presidential lifetime achievement award. Raju Chinthala, Sumeeta Bhatia, KP Singh, Bharat Gali, Javed Khan, Bharat Patel, Sravan Patharla, Dr Ajay Ponugoti, Rupal Thakker Thanawala, Ramu Chinthala, and Ajay Sarin were the awardees. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Sudhakar Gande presented the awards to the recipients.
Todd Young, Indiana Senator, Todd Rokita, Indiana Attorney General, Diego Morales, Indiana Republican nominee for secretary of state, Bharat Patel, CEO of Sun Development and Management, Harsharan Singh and Amarbir Singh of the Ghoman Group, Ajay Sarin, CEO of AxisCades, Consul General of Chicago, Amit Kumar, and Punjabi singer from Denmark, Anita Lerche, were present at the 4th Annual Gala.
Martin Baier and Vani Sharma were the masters of ceremonies. The event began with American and Indian anthems sung by Anitha Sharma, Vani Sharma, and Jahanvi Kondeti, followed by Raju Chinthala, and Mayor Joe Hogest welcomed the gathering. On the occasion, Attorney General Todd Rokita and Consul General Amit Kumar spoke on the occasion about the progress being made in strengthening the relationship between India and the USA in various fields such as music, food, and dance. The previous Indiana Ratna Awards were awarded to Christel De-Haan, founder and CEO of Christel House International in 2018, Mayor Gregory A Ballard in 2019, and Governor Eric J Holcomb in 2021.