Bahrain took pride as an Indian expatriate was presented with a prestigious award for his contributions toward the community. Prominent leaders of communities and institutions in Bahrain gathered to honour Bahrain’s Al Hilal Hospital vice-chairman and leading businessman V T Vinodan who was presented with the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2019.

Delegates from Bahrain took part in the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) that was held in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh India. The three-day event was hosted to highlight the contributions of the Indian community overseas.

A grand felicitation ceremony was held in Bahrain for Dr VT Vinodan for achieving the award. Also present at the event was Ahmed Mohamed Abdullatif Ahmed Al Maqhawi of Muharraq Governorate.

“What powers an organization is the vision of the leaders who found the organization and move it forward. The life story of Dr Vinodan is inspiring indeed. Like many of us in this room, who come to the Gulf, Dr Vinodan came with a vision in his mind with what his life should be. He came with a will to make it happen” said Meera Ravi.

Speaking about Dr Vinodan “Humility is the mother of all virtues and here we have a humble person. We are here to felicitate Dr Vinodan who has done so much for the community. When I got the chance to interview the late Indian President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam and had asked him to give a message for the people in Bahrain. He said to enrich the host country with our sweat, knowledge and dignity. Here we have a man who has done just that for two countries – Bahrain and Oman. This is why we take pride as he’s the 6th awardee from Bahrain to receive this prestigious award” said Chairman of Veritas Media and Public Relations Soman Baby.

Dr Vinodan was also recognized for his contribution through the organisation Thanal that gives hundreds of free dialysis to patients every day in Kerala.

“Only 136 people in the world have received the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award and the Al Hilal family is proud to have you as one of our directors,” said an Al Hilal representative.

He was praised for his contributions 17 years back for a well known Daya charitable trust that began in a clinic. Eventually, as cancer patients grew there was a lack of space to accommodate the growing number. The committee had decided to find a property to build a premises, Dr Vinodan purchased the land from his own wallet. It is only because of such a selfless gesture that the trust exists today.