Several Indian-origin medics, charity workers, musicians and entrepreneurs were among hundreds of people honoured by Queen Elizabeth II in her annual Birthday Honours list. The prestigious title of the Order of the British Empire went to Professor Usha Chakravarthy, Professor of Ophthalmology, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, for services in Northern Ireland and voluntary service for managing eye conditions.
Bharat Maganlal Mehta, CEO, Trust for London, was also given the title for services to Finance in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors.
Sewa Singh Mandia was honoured for services to the Inter-faith and Community Cohesion, particularly in the Sikh community.
Also honoured were - Bhanu Ramaswamy, Independent Physiotherapy Consultant for services to Physiotherapy; Dhanonday Shrivastav, Musician, Instrumentalist and Founder of Inner Baluji Shrivastav Vision Orchestra for services to music; Dr Geetha Upadhyaya Co-Founder and CEO and Artistic Director Kala Sangam, for services to South Asian Arts in the UK.
From the overseas list, Dr Charan Singh Bunger, Founder/Chairman of the Guru Ravidass Educational Assistance Trust, was honoured with the Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to education for deprived and exploited children in India.
A total of 1,149 people from the worlds of celebrity, sport, culture, science, politics and charity have been recognised for their contributions to the British society.
The UK Cabinet Office said this was the most diverse choice since the Order of the British Empire was instituted in 1917 with the greatest ever number of recipients coming from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.
The Queen’s Birthday Honours list published on 10 June 2016, on the occasion of her 90th birthday, recognizes the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people right across the United Kingdom.