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DC Days Awards: Hall of Fame

Washington, D.C. - Since 2005, the Hindu American Foundation has honored esteemed individuals at its annual DC Day's Capitol Hill reception.  From public policy leaders to interfaith activists to community leaders, the Foundation has shown a commitment to recognizing those who work to strengthen the ideals of pluralism, tolerance and understanding.  Below is a listing of the award receipts.

2013

HAF's Friend of the Community Awards
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
 
HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Awards for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Prof. Arvind Sharma, McGill University 
 
HAF's Pride of the Community
Prof. Ved Nanda, University of Denver
 
HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Prof. Sachi Dastidar, Old Westbury
 
HAF’s Award for the Advancement of the Dharmic Arts and Humanities
Kanniks Kannikeswaran

2012

HAF's Friend of the Community Awards
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL)
Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA)
 
HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Rev. Welton Gaddy, Interfaith Alliance
 
HAF's Pride of the Community Award
Animesh Sinha, M.D., General Practitioner, UN Volunteer of the Year, 2011
 
HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Vinod Prakash, India Development Relief Fund (IDFR)

2011

HAF's Friend of the Community Awards
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
Rep. Donald Manzullo (R-IL)
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA)
Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
 
HAF's Pride of the Community Award
Captain Rajiv Srinivasan, U.S. Army
 
HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Lt. Col. Ravi Chaudhary, U.S. Air Force

2010

HAF's Friend of the Community Award
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA)
 
HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Rev. Patrick McCollum
 
HAF's Pride of the Community Award
Neal Katyal, Acting Solicitor General for the United States
 
HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Vishal Agarwal, Lay Scholar of Hinduism and Community Activist

2009

HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Awards for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Rev. Canon Dr. Gwynne Guibord, the Officer of Ecumenical and Interreligious Concerns of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Reverend Karen Macqueen, a priest and Associate Rector of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
American Jewish Committee (AJC), represented by Richard Foltin, Legislative Director and Counsel in the AJC's Office of Government and International Affairs in Washington, D.C., and Nissim Reuben, Program Officer on Indian-Jewish American Relations
 
HAF's Pride of the Community Award
Anju Bhargava, member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

2008

HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Rev. Barry Lynn and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State
 
HAF's Pride of the Community Award
Raj Bhavsar, U.S. Olympic Men's Gynastics Team, Bronze Medalist

2007

HAF's Award for the Advancement of Hindu Human Rights
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
 
HAF's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism
Preeta Bansal, Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
 
HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Dr. Rohit Bhatnagar, Community Leader

2006

HAF's Friend of the Community Awards
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY)
Rep. Eliot Engel (D- NY)
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ)
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)

2005

HAF's Dharma Seva Award
Mr. Nainan Desai, Community Leader

2004

Inaugural HAF DC Days and Capitol Hill Reception:  Special blessings from H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.