Honours & Awards

Suma Rao received the 'Hind Rattan Award' by Honorable Mr. K. C. Pant, (former Defence Minister); and Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and present Chairman of Press Council of India on January 25, 2012 at New Delhi, India.

Suma Rao was awarded for her outstanding services, achievements and contributions, raising the India flag high outside of India.

The ceremony was also attended by many members of Parliament, Central Ministers of Government of India and other dignitaries namely Shri Kapil Sibal (Union Minister for Human Resource Development & Information Technology), Shri Abhishek Manu Singhvi (Chairman, Legal & Human Rights Deptt.), Mr. K. C. Pant, (former Defence Minister); Dr Nitish Sengupta, Chairman, Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises; Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and present Chairman of Press Council of India, Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh (Former Governor).

The Hind Rattan Award is given yearly to about 30 members of the worldwide Indian diaspora by the NRI Welfare Society of India at a ceremony in connection with the yearly "International Congress of Non Resident Indians"(held since 1982) on and around the Indian Republic Day in New Delhi. This award is considered very prestigious, as is shown by the association of prominent personalities — including present and past members of the Indian Government — not only with the award ceremony, but also with the advisory board of the Society itself; among those associated with the board or present or past award ceremonies are the former Prime Ministers H.D. Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujral, ministers such as K. C. Pant (Former Defense Minister), and Oscar Fernandes, Vasant Sathe (Former Union Minister), Sushil Kumar Shinde (Union Minister for Power), K.H. Muniyappa (Minister of State for Railways), and several members of parliament. Former Election Commissioner G.V.G. Krishnamurthy. Ambassadors of countries with a high number of diasporic Indians are also regular attendees addressing the participants of the Congress at which the awards are presented.

Suma Rao with Dr. Bhishma Narain Singh, Former Governor

Suma Rao receiving award from Honorable Mr. K. C. Pant, former Defence Minister

Receiving Certificate from Justice Markandey Katju, a former judge of the Supreme Court and present Chairman of Press Council of India

Suma Rao with the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper