About the author Wahid Saleh


September 1963
Wahid receiving the 
Knighthood of the Order of Orange-Nassau.
He is said to be the
first Indian national to receive this award.
Wahid at the first 
Pravashi Bharatiya Divas held in New Delhi
from 09-01-2003 to 11-01-2003

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The Global People of Indian Origin (GOPIO)Pravasi Bharatiya Community Service Awards for the year 2007 were presented to Charan Gill(Canada), George Abraham(Singapore), Nevin P. Megchiani(Middle East) and Wahid Saleh(The Netherlands). Wahid was the only awardee from Europe.

In acknowledging the accomplishments of the awardees, GOPIO president Inder Singh remarked, "You have done more than enough community work to earn respect, honor and recognition and established Indian community name with your name. You have provided more paths and trails to our community and we thank you for your dedication and commitment to overseas Indian community and India."

The Awards banquet at Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi was well attended was chaired by Vayalar Ravi, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs.

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Welcome by Ghana Hazarika, President Titabor Town Committee. With late Jugal Bhuyan, Secretary and founder of Prajnalaya and acting Chairman of Prajnalaya.
Wahid at Prajnalaya, Saraipani, Titabor (near Jorhat), Assam.
Prajnalaya, is school with more than 180 students. Around eighty of them stay in the hostel. Some of the students are orphans, while parents of other students are too poor to otherwise afford a good education.
www.prajnalaya.org . Wahid is supporting this project and he is also trying to get support for this project.

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Wahid at Parijat Academy, Pamohi, Guwahati, Assam (22-01-2007).
Uttam had saved Rs 800 from the fees he received after giving tuition to a few students outside his village. With this amount, he got a pair of desks and benches made by a village carpenter. Parijat Academy was born. It is a school for underprivileged children. Parijat Academy is covering 7 tribal villages.
www.parijatacademy.org . Wahid is supporting this project and also he is trying to get support for this project.

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Felicitation for Wahid at a special function organised by
Roshanara Educational Foundation, Guwahati, Assam, India on 23-01-2007.

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Wahid Saleh from the Netherlands - recipient of the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.
The Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA) is the highest honour conferred on overseas Indians. The PBSA is conferred on Wahid Saleh in recognition of his outstanding achievement in the field of Community Service, his valuable contribution in promoting the honour and prestige of India, for fostering the interests of Overseas Indians. Wahid Saleh is recognized for his significant contribution to the Indian community in the Netherlands and for his philanthropic work in Assam. He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman by the Hon’ble President of India Shrimati Pratibha Devi Singh Patil at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 9th January, 2011. He was also given the rare honour of making the acceptance speech on behalf of all the PBS awardees.

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Wahid Saleh with Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh.
Group photo of the awardees Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2011 with Prime Minister of India.

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On 13th January 2014 seven distinguished achievers in various fields belonging to six different countries of the world were honoured by the Ahmedabad based Vision Foundation at an award function in Ahmedabad.

Wahid Saleh of the Netherlands is one of the awardees who was honoured with a statuette, a citation and a Gandhi Charkha.

The Global Visionary Award is conferred on Wahid Saleh in recognition of his work as India's Cultural Ambassador in the Netherlands, for his contribution for the needy in Assam and for his role in the Netherlands in helping Indians to settle down into the Dutch way of life. Vision Foundation feels proud to present Global Visionary Award to Mr. Wahid Saleh.

Global Organization of Persons of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Netherland’s : Sewa Award
On the occasion of the Global Organization of Persons of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Netherland’s Anniversary Gala Dinner 2019, Wahid Saleh was given the prestigious Sewa Award for his ‘personal not-for-profit contribution to Indian Cultural development and Society’.

Wahid, linchpin in the Indian community in the Netherlands, also happens to be on the Board of the International Friends of Zero Association (IFZA).

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