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Marian Noronha and Duncan Watkinson Receive the “Karmaveer Puraskaar” Noble Laureate Award

29-Nov-2011 – Margao, GOA (India) – TURBOCAM International is delighted to announce that two of our leaders were recently honored with a prestigious "Karmaveer Puraskaar" award for their “commendable work in the field of social service.”
Marian Noronha, TURBOCAM International Founder and President and Duncan Watkinson, TURBOCAM India Pvt. Ltd. General Manager
Marian Noronha, TURBOCAM International Founder and President and Duncan Watkinson, TURBOCAM India Pvt. Ltd. General Manager

The "Karmaveer Puraskar" is India’s national award for Social Justice & Citizen Action commissioned to recognize individuals in India and abroad who have been pivotal for leading change. Marian Noronha, Founder and President of TURBOCAM International, was awarded the “Global Indian Karmaveer Puraskaar” and Duncan Watkinson, Managing Director of TURBOCAM India Pvt. Ltd., received the “Global Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar.”

The awards are given every year on November 26, which is the day the country adopted its constitutional pledge as a Republic and Indian Citizens in 1949 and is now widely recognized as India’s National Social Justice and Citizen Action Day. The pair received their awards on Saturday, November 26 at Sri Ram School in Gurgaon. This was followed by a full day “Right Every Wrong” Conclave on Sunday, November 27, where Marian Noronha and Duncan Watkinson spoke on the theme “Active Citizenship For Fulfilling Fundamental Duties.” On Monday, November 28, the pair was congratulated at a “Musical Awards Evening” held in their honor at the Nirvana Patio Club in Gurgaon sponsored by the Lorraine Music Academy.

Mr. Noronha and Mr. Watkinson were recommended and nominated by Aubrey Aloysius, Managing Director of the Lorraine Music Academy and Founding Trustee of LAMP.

Duncan Watkinson accepting the 2011 Global Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar.Marian Noronha accepting the 2011 Global Citizen Karmaveer Puraskaar.
All of the award winners of the 2011 Karmaveer Puraskaar Award winnersLorraine Fiona Aloysius, pianist and teacher, was one of the many performers at the Musical Awards Evening in honor of Marian and Duncan's Karmaveer Puraskaar awards. The pair are on the advisory board of the Lorraine Music Academy.

“I have known Marian Noronha personally and professionally for over 21 years,” said Mr. Aloysius. “During this time, Marian has been a mentor, friend and advisor. Marian’s wisdom and exemplary life have had a huge positive impact on my life. Marian spent much of his college years working in slums in Mumbai and villages in Maharashtra. As an engineering student, he developed windmills for rural applications. He left India in 1977 with just $6, started TURBOCAM Inc. in 1985 in America as a manufacturer of complex machined aerospace components and started TURBOCAM India Pvt. Ltd. in 1989 to create jobs in Goa as a solution to poverty. Since 1999, Marian has worked extensively in Nepal by redeeming 42 families from slavery, creating three villages, funding the construction of four schools, and now financially supporting schools caring for over 400 children. His companies employ over 450 people in nine countries and he has established a corporate culture that allows them to be extensively involved in charitable work. Marian has developed, funded and installed water drilling, pump line and treatment systems in Nepal, India and Ghana. His company was awarded the Freedom Award by U.S. President George W. Bush in 2007 for extraordinary support of employees who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009, Business N.H. magazine named him the “Business Leader of the Year” in New Hampshire, U.S.A.”

“Over the past 23 years, I have known Duncan Watkinson as a mentor and friend,” said Mr. Aloysius. “I have seen him tirelessly pursue, in personal and public life, the path of honesty, integrity, humility, ethical business practice, social justice and mercy in action. He has relentlessly pursued anti-corruption policies, having not paid a single bribe, to the extent of incurring consequent losses and project delays. He has cultivated an environment of honesty and truthfulness in his organization. His life has been an example of frugal living and sacrifice in serving the poor and needy in our community and across India. He is involved with various works to serve the poor and needy such as running clinics, slum schools, a leprosy ambulance, and a home for the elderly. He has relentlessly pursued anti-corruption policies. He is the Founding Trustee of “The SPAN Trust,” based in Bangalore, where the leprosy affected are helped to earn a living. It also runs a Day Care Centre and Infant School in a Pune slum and self-help programs for women. Duncan has been an advisor to the Jesus Mercy Home Association Society, which runs orphanages, a rural hospital, and nurses' training in Tamil Nadu. He also cares for the leprosy-affected in Gulbarga through Karuna Charitable Trust, in which he is the Trustee.”

“I am concerned about helping the poor and needy and have spent much time, energy and money in helping the disadvantaged,” explains Mr. Watkinson. “However, I feel that one issue of social justice which must be addressed is the paying of bribes. I believe that the nation would change if a few lakh determined and outspoken people all refused to give or take bribes. We do not need new laws; we need ‘better’ people. I am longing for an army of such people to rise up and be counted.”

Mr. Noronha adds, “When a citizen sees a problem in society, he cannot wait until somebody else solves the problem. He steps into the need, even though the problem may be far bigger than himself. As he does so in a humble manner, seeking the help and support of his Creator rather than doing it for his personal glory, others join in and edifices may crumble.”

“Our nation and the world are in need of leaders with character and resolve to create change through a commitment to social issues,” Mr. Noronha states. “We are both so deeply honored to receive these awards. It is our hope that we can inspire others to have the conviction and compassion to stand up, speak out and lead the change with their positive attitudes and commitment.”

Karmaveer Puraskaar 2011-2012 Awards BookletAbout Karmaveer Puraskaar (KVP)

The "Karmaveer Puraskaar (KVP)" awards were established in 2006 and are Global Awards for Social Justice & Citizen Action.  These awards were instituted based on a simple passion to recognize real life unsung heroes who believe 'It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness' and have walked that extra mile to "Be the change they want to see in this world.”

The KVP is given to citizens of Indian origin as well as Global Citizens for their selfless and sustained efforts to “Be and Lead The Change,” as our “Individual Social Responsibility” towards building an egalitarian, just, humane, and responsible society, nation and world. KVP takes into consideration the social impact made by the person, over a period of at least five years by evaluating the total social model set up by the person including the approach, impact, replicability, and sustainability of the project. KVP shall be given to an individual only once in a lifetime and may be revoked in case of any wrongdoing by an awardee.

Our KVP awardees are dubbed by the people as “Noble Laureates.”  Past awardees have been featured in documentaries and articles on Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC, TIME and gone on to win global fellowships, awards and to become ambassadors at the U.N. and other international organizations. To learn more, visit www.karmaveer.com.