STAMFORD, CT — The Global Organization of People of Indian Origin-Connecticut Chapter honored outstanding achievers of the Indian American community in Connecticut at its Annual Awards Banquet June 20 here. 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who helped to improved bilateral relations between the U.S. and India, received the Friend of India award. 

Four Indian Americans were honored for their achievements in profession and community service:

Prof. Akhil Reed Amar, a Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, was recognized for his achievement in arts and letters.

Dr. Vinod Srihari, who has been the founding director of an Early Intervention service for young adults with psychotic disorders in New Haven, was recognized for his contribution in medicine. 

Nisha Arora, co-founder of the Indian Community Center of Greenwich, was honored for Community Service and Promotion of Indian Arts and Culture.

Dr. George Joseph, deputy director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale, was honored for his contribution to International Relations and Connecting India to the U.S. 

The GOPIO-CT President’s Young Achiever Award went to Moh Sharma, who serves as a policy advisor for the House Democratic Caucus under chair Xavier Becerra. 

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