Another Feather in the Cap
The Akshaya Patra Foundation was honoured with the prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize for 2016 further enhancing its substantial credentials. The Foundation was recognised under the ‘Economic and Business Innovation’ category.
Nikkei Asia Prizes, an annual award, is instituted to recognise outstanding achievements contributing to sustainable development and for a better future of Asia. Since 1996, Nikkei Inc., one of the largest media corporation in Japan has been presenting this award to honour people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas: ‘Economic and Business Innovation,’ ‘Science, Technology and Environment’ and ‘Culture and Community. ‘Nikkei Inc. established these awards in 1996 in commemoration of the company’s 120th anniversary.
Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, who is also the Chairman of Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir, received the honour at a prestigious awards ceremony of Nikkei Asia Prizes on Sunday, May 29 in Tokyo. The winners were each awarded three million Japanese yen as well as a certificate by Naotoshi Okada, President, CEO of Nikkei Inc.
In his remarks before the august gathering at the awards ceremony, he said, “We cannot stop the natural force of karma – human action and reaction that create the gap between the rich and the poor. But there is something we can do. We can unleash the compensating force of compassion in the hearts of the rich to share their wealth at least to meet the basic needs of humanity, cultural values. It is only through the promotion of the virtue of compassion, turned into action in human society, that we can make this world more inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”
He attended the official dinner of the “Future of Asia” conference on the evening of May 30, 2016. Japanese Prime Minister, Mr Shinzō Abe spoke on the occasion.