NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA: Author and activist Jaya Kamlani was the recipient of two NRI awards earlier this year. She received the NRI Institute’s Bharat Samman (Pride of India) award from former Army Chief, General V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs and Manu Jagmohan Singh, Secretary General of NRI Institute on January 12 at the Leela Palace,Delhi.
Kamlani received the Hind Rattan Award at the 35th Congress of NRIs on January 25, 2016, where she took the podium and addressed her concerns about women and children’s issues in India.
Both awards were for her outstanding contributions in the field of writing.
The Bharat Samman award ceremony was attended by a host of distinguished guests such as Nadir Patel, High Commissioner for Canada, Joseph Kruzich, spokesperson, US Embassy, Minister Georgina Fernández Destéfano, Chargé d´Affaires, Embassy of Argentina, H E . Hamza Yahia-Cherif, Embassy of Algeria,H.E Dembo Badjie, Embassy of Gambia, H.E. Hassan M. Al Jawarneh, Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, H.E Dr. Sabit Subasic, Embassy of Bosnia & Herzegovina, H.E Augusto Montiel, Embassy of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Ms Khanddolgor Batsukh, Counselor Minister, Embassy of Mongolia and other distinguished guests.
Kamlani, a former Silicon Valley technology veteran, is the author of three books- “To India with Tough Love” (non-fiction), “Scent of Yesterday,” (memoir) and “Garden of Life.” (poetry).
In November 2014, Kamlani was a panelist at the 1st South Asian IAAC literary festival, at Columbia University in New York where she spoke on the exploitation of women and children of India.
In October 2015, she was a panelist on the “Self-Publishing” at the 2nd IAAC literary festival at Hunter College, New York.
Kamlani also belong to the global Pax Christie group, a Christian group for social justice and peace.