New York, September 17
Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna will probably be honoured with the celebrated 2020 Asia Game Changer Award for feeding tens of millions throughout India amid the COVID-19 pandemic via an enormous meals distribution drive that he coordinated from 1000’s of miles away in his Manhattan residence.
The Asia Game Changer Awards, launched by the Asia Society — a US-based non-profit organisation — in 2014, establish and honour true leaders who make a optimistic contribution to the way forward for Asia.
Khanna is the one Indian among the many six honourees named by the main organisation on Wednesday.
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Preeminent cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tennis champion Naomi Osaka, Korean boy band BTS, producer of Oscar-winning movie ‘Parasite’ Miky Lee and enterprise leaders and philanthropists Joe and Clara Tsai are the honourees of the Asia Game Changer Awards “for their responses to the year’s twin traumas of COVID-19 and racially motivated violence”.
Khanna is being honoured “for dropping everything to feed millions in India at a time of great need and suffering”.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit India, Khanna, sitting 1000’s of miles away in New York, launched a meals distribution drive that steadily reached tens of millions throughout the nation. Since April, Khanna’s #FeedIndia initiative has distributed 35 million meals, together with cooked and dry ration, in addition to 500,000 slippers, 3.5 million sanitary pads, two million masks and different important provides throughout a whole lot of cities all through India.
Khanna advised PTI he felt “humbled” by the honour from an eminent organisation that has performed an incredible function in selling Asian tradition.
“I’m humbled to be among such a great line-up of awardees,” he mentioned.
From actor Dev Patel to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, Khanna mentioned, through the years the Asia Society has honoured individuals who wield large “cultural influence” over tens of millions world wide.
Khanna, who had earlier mentioned that he feels the previous 30 years have been getting ready him for this second of the humanitarian disaster, added: “This has been the most gratifying (time) in my culinary career.”
The digital occasion to honour the awardees will probably be held in October and also will function a particular message by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a efficiency from Yo-Yo Ma, and a function to honour frontline well being care staff within the US and Asia.
“In this time of profound global challenge, our 2020 Game Changers shine a beacon of love and courage across our divided globe,” Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran mentioned, including: “They have met the moment, and they have inspired the world. We are honoured to bring them to our signature global event.”
The Asia Society mentioned whereas Khanna had been feeding folks since he was a toddler, “but not until 2020 did it become a matter of life or death”.
Watching the hardships and struggles of tens of millions of individuals throughout India because the pandemic hit, Khanna issued a “heartfelt plea for information on communities in need” from his Manhattan condo.
Khanna had partnered with India’s National Disaster Relief Force for logistical and on-the-ground help and his motion quickly obtained support from grain firms, tech companies, and affords of business kitchen house in Mumbai.
The well-liked Korean boy band is being honoured for elevating their voices and provoking their enormous international viewers to face in opposition to any type of discrimination, whereas Asia Society lauded Lee for shining a lightweight on inequality and blazing a path for Korea on the worldwide stage. The organisation mentioned Yo-Yo Ma is being awarded for “a lifetime of achievement and providing ‘songs of comfort’ to millions when the world needed it the most.”
Osaka, who gained her second US Open title this month, is being honoured “for using her large global platform to call for racial justice and social change”.
As COVID-19 tightened its grip on New York, and the extreme scarcity of medical provides and private protecting tools (PPE) within the US grew to become obvious, the Tsais “swept into action”.
“As co-founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, sourcing from China was in Joe Tsai’s DNA,” Asia Society mentioned including that via their eponymous basis, the Tsais donated tens of millions of masks, goggles, and ventilators to hospitals and nursing houses in New York, then the epicentre of the coronavirus.
Past awardees embrace PepsiCo’s former CEO Indra Nooyi, South Delhi Deputy Police Commissioner Chhaya Sharma, Alibaba founder Jack Ma and Co-Founder and CEO of non-governmental training group Pratham, Madhav Chavan. PTI