BY RAVI R PONANGI
Atlanta, GA: A well known Atlanta based community activist, Ms. Kusum Khurana received the Hind Rattan Award on the eve of the 64th Republic Day on January 25. The award was presented by the NRI Welfare Society of India (Regd.), New Delhi at Hotel The Ashok, Chanakya Puri, New Delhi. The award was presented at the 32nd International Congress of NRIs by Mr. Tariq Anwar, Minister of State of Agriculture and Processing Industries, Supreme Court Justice Markandey Katju and Shree Rajeev Shukla, Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs.
Kusum was one of the 30 recipients selected from over 300 nominations around the world for this year’s Hind Rattan Award. Recipients were chosen for their expertise and in various disciplines of as well as in their dedication and service to the Indian community. In addition to the ceremony and festivities in New Delhi,
Kusum was also honored at a ceremony in Jaipur on January 27 by Shri Virendra
Beniwal Home Minister and minister for Transportation, Rajasthan State and Smt. Jyoti Khandelwal, the Mayor of Jaipur.
Since her arrival in Chicago in 1971, Kusum has dedicated her life to serving her community. Her commitment to the Hindu cause is evidenced through her various affiliations in local and national organizations. In addition, to all of her volunteer work, Kusum has maintained a full time job in corporate America. After moving to Atlanta in 1983, Kusum has been involved in various activities serving both the Indian and American community in which she lives. She currently is the President of the World Hindu Council of America, Atlanta Chapter; Regional Vice President of Ekal Vidyalaya and the Treasurer of the Hindu Society of Atlanta. She has been actively involved in organizing and running programs sponsored by these organizations, such as Hindu Unity Day / Diwali, an annual event held at Centennial Park in Atlanta, Vanprasth program for seniors, and Balvihar, a Hindi program for children in Cobb County. She is a loving mother of two children and four grand children, all of whom live in metro Atlanta.