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Vedanta founder Anil Agarwal honored with Global Indian Award in Canada

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  • agarwal donated the prize money to a Canadian charity dedicated to the well-being of Native Indians.
  • The mining magnate praised the achievements of the 1.6 million Indo-Canadian community.
  • He said India and Canada have many similarities and complement each other in many areas.

Vedanta founder Anil Agarwal was honored with the Global Indian Award worth $50,000 by the Canada-India Foundation at its 15th annual gala weekend here.

Agarwal donated the prize money to a Canadian charity that works for the well-being of Native Indians.

Receive the award at a star-studded gala event, including Ontario Prime Minister Doug Fordministers and Indian Consul General Apoorva Srivastava, the mining magnate praised the achievements of the country’s 1.6 million Indo-Canadian community.

“I’ve been all over the world, but I’ve never seen such a close bond anywhere in the Indian diaspora that I see in Canada. Take your businesses to the skies and make Canada proud. You live in the best country in the world,” said Agarwal.

He said India and Canada have many similarities and complement each other in many areas. “Together, the two countries can do phenomenal work.”

The founder of Vedanta said India has been a poor country. “But time has turned. The $3 trillion economy will be a $30 trillion economy in the next few years. The middle class that is 20 percent today will be 80 percent in the next six to seven years. We are going to build 150 major cities Indians may be 20 years behind Canada in lifestyle, but their ambitions are so high that with a population of 1.4 billion, you can imagine the (huge) demand.”

Ontario Prime Minister Doug Ford praised the Indian magnate for this charity. “I can’t think of a person who deserves more (for the price) than Anil Agarwal, whose generosity has improved the lives of so many people. You are a role model and an inspiration, Anil,” said the Ontario premier.

Welcome Agarwal to the gala event, Canada India Foundation Chair Satish Thakkar said: “Mr Agarwal’s life story is one that should inspire every young person growing up, dream big and persevere to fulfill the dream. As a person who has pledged to give 75 percent of his wealth to charity, Mr. Agarwal is also a philanthropic role model for all. On behalf of CIF and all attendees, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Agarwal.”

Ratan Tata, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and Deepak Chopra one of the past recipients of the Global Indian Award, started by this leading Indo-Canadian organization in 2007.

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