17 Oct Jewels of Rajasthan
The history of the Non- Resident Rajasthani community is indeed one to be treasured and captured. Rajasthanis, from the rich awe-inspiring land of Rajasthan, set up their community in various parts of the world, to not only uphold their cultural footing but to ensure that their values and heritage are firmly sustained.
The world today has seen the dawn of several prominent Rajasthanis who have profoundly contributed to the vast and forever adapting working sectors within the community in which we all live in.
The political and business sector has seen the contribution of Lord Sir Gulam Noon who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Noon Products Ltd. He was voted Asian of the Year 1993-1994, received an MBE in 1996 and a knighthood in 2002, elected the first non-white president of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2002, awarded Asian Business Award for Community Services in 2004. Another well known personality is Raj Bagri who is a former Conservative member of the House of Lords. A businessman, Bagri was Chairman of the London Metal Exchange until 2002. He was awarded the CBE in 1995. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of The Prince’s Trust and Chairman of the Bagri Foundation.
The business sector saw the rise of Lakshmi Narayan Mittal, who was born in the Churu district of Rajasthan. Mittal is the world’s largest steel maker and the third richest person in the world today. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaking company. Mittal is the 44th “most powerful person” of the 68 individuals named in Forbes’s Most Powerful People list.
A further addition to the business sector is Anil Agrawal who is the founder and Executive Chairman of the UK-based Vedanta Resources Corporation. Agrawal has mounted his way up to success from being a scrap-metal dealer to becoming 12th richest Indian Businessman in 2011. Another Businessman is Pramod Agrawal, the founding owner of Zamin, is a successful independent metals trader and former chairman of Gerald Metals, the private trading house. There are many other top businessmen from Rajasthan in UK such as Nirmal Sethia, Jay Saraf, and Dr. Sanjeev Kanoria.
The legal sector saw the benefaction of Vijay Goel, who is the founder of the Indo-European Business Forum, which was established in 2007. Goel was conferred Asian Achievers’ Award for Professional of the Year by Britain’s Minister of state for Justice Lord Tom McNally at a ceremony at the Wembley stadium in 2010. Goel was awarded the ‘National Law Day Award’ on 22 November, 2009 for his most exemplary contributions in commercial law and in strengthening Indo-UK business relations, from Indian President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil.
The health sector is filled with many top doctors of Rajasthani origin. We guess that there are approximately hundred doctors in UK from Rajasthan.
Hundreds of individuals of Rajasthani origin have established themselves within the UK including Subodh Agrawal and Sanjay Newatia from the banking sector, Dr. Deepak Tibrewal from the medical sector. The list of well known Non-Residential Rajasthanis and their role in society is merely incessant.
After establishing themselves in various working sectors, all Rajasthanis needed a platform on which all could come together. The Rajasthani Foundation did precisely this. Being a unique UK-based organisation, they achieve their charitable goals of poverty reduction and further educational programmes in Rajasthan, through their social and cultural activities.