British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on 28 June 2023 honoured Rajindar Singh Dhatt with a Points of Light award at a UK-India Week reception at 10 Downing Street.
According to Downing Street, the Points of Light award recognise outstanding people whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose stories can inspire others towards innovative solutions to social challenges in their own communities and beyond.
Dhatt was one of the last surviving Sikh soldiers who fought in World War II.
Dhatt aged 101 was recognised for his service and work running the 'Undivided Indian Ex-Servicemen's Association' to help bring together British Indian war veterans.
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He was born in pre-Partition India in 1921 and fought with the Allied forces during the British colonial period. He is based in Hounslow in southwest London since 1963.
“It is an immense honour to receive this recognition from the Prime Minister, to whom I would like to extend my deepest appreciation for acknowledging the importance and impact of the 'Undivided Indian Ex-Servicemen's Association'," said Dhatt as quoted by PTI.
While hosting a special reception to celebrate India Global Forum’s UK-India Week 2023 in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London, Sunak said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he agrees that there is a huge potential to step up bilateral trade ties.