London, May 7 (PTI) Mahendra Chaudhry, Fiji’s Indian-origin former prime minister, has been chosen to receive the V K Krishna Menon Award in recognition of his contribution to the Indian diaspora. Also Read - Video Of Racist Abuse Against Jews On Streets In London Creates Stir, British PM Condemns

The award was announced by the director of V K Krishna Menon Institute Cyriac Maprayil as the institute celebrated the 122nd birth anniversary at the Nehru Centre here recently. Also Read - Pet Dog in UK Undergoes 3-Hour Surgery After Eating 30 PPE Gloves

Several dignitaries including Professor Philip Murphy, Director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London and J P Fernandes, General Secretary of the Indian Young Men’s Christian Association in London attended the function. Also Read - London Chef Refuses to Close His Restaurant During COVID Lockdown, Here's Why

Chaudhry is the leader of the Fiji Labour Party. The former trade union leader became Fiji’s first Indo-Fijian Prime Minister on May 19, 1999, but exactly one year later he was ousted in a coup.

Chaudhry’s ancesters hailed from Rohtak District in Haryana. His paternal grandfather arrived in Fiji in 1902, as an indentured labourer, to work on Fiji’s sugarcane plantations.

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