A leading Indian-origin Labour MP has been chosen for the V K Krishna Menon Award 2010,for his outstanding contribution towards political,social and economic advancement of the deprived sections of the British community.
Announcing the award,Dr Cyriac,Maprayil,Director of the London-based V K Krishna Menon Institute,said the award would be presented to Virendra Sharma later in the year who will also deliver The V K Krishna Menon Memorial Lecture.
Dr Maprayil said,”Sharma is one of the earliest labour party activists in this country with a consistent record of service to the labour party and to the Asian Community.
“His large majority at the polls speaks for itself and the high esteem and respect in which he is held by his constituents. He has brought dignity and self-respect to politics condemning opportunism,cynicism and self enrichment of many politicians at a time when we were beginning to lose faith in politics.
“Sharma is an admirer of the great V K Krishna Menon which is perfectly understandable because he is like Menon,who loved India and from his youth was involved in the liberation-struggle on two fronts first the independence of his country and then liberation of his people from racism in Britain.”
Sharma who was born in India arrived in the UK in 1968.
He has served as a councillor in Ealing for 25 years. He studied at the prestigious London School of Economics on a trade union scholarship and subsequently worked as a day services manager for people with learning disabilities in Hillingdon.
Sharma was elected as MP in the Earling Southall by-election in July 2007.
The V K Krishna Menon Institute was launched in early 2006 to celebrate and commemorate the life,times and achievements of a prodigiously talented statesman,Indian government minister and a pioneering London councillor.
Menon founded the India League,the unofficial embassy of British-India in London,which became a powerful force in the overseas movement to help liberate India.
One of the Institute’s objectives is to confer awards on outstanding Indian patriots,who have served in the Diaspora and also distinguished themselves in various fields including science,literature,economics,politics and diplomacy.