Connecticut chapter of Global Organization of People of Indian
Origin (GOPIO) will honour four Indian Americans for their
achievements and contributions.
In addition, Paul Semanski of Hartford will be honoured with Friend
of India Award, GOPIO announced Tuesday.
The four Indian Americans - Vijay Prashad, Madhu Mathur, Vidya
Teredesai, and Mequitta Ahuja - will be honoured with a Friend of
GOPIO award as the organisation celebrates its fifth anniversary
Sunday at the Italian Centre of Stamford.
Prashad holds the George and Martha Kellner Chair in South Asian
History, and is Professor of International Studies at Trinity
College, Hartford. He has published several books on world
governance. Prashad is recognized in the category of Arts and
Mathur of Greenwich is a tireless advocate for children's health.
She is the founding member of Stamford's Childhood Obesity Task
In addition, she is Medical Director of the Regional Medical Home
Initiative and Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee of
Childhood Blueprint Initiative in Stamford. Mathur is recognized for
her contribution to Health Services.
Teredesai of Norwalk is being recognized for her community service
in the US and in India. She has raised funds for homeless shelters,
Norwalk Senior Centre, Evergreen Foundation as well as Women's
Hospital in Baroda.
The Young Person's Award goes to Mequitta Ahuja of Weston, who is a
visual artist. Her work has been exhibited across the United States,
in Paris, Brussels, Berlin, India and Dubai. In February 2010, she
was profiled in ArtNews as "Artist to Watch."
Semanski serves as a Co-Coordinator for Asha Hartford, which
organizes several fundraisers each year on behalf of the Navsarjan
Trust Schools for disadvantaged girls in Gujarat and the DF Blind
School in Kolkata.