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Anshu Khanna, Smriti Morarka among Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018 recipients

President Ram Nath Kovind recently honoured over 40 women with ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar’, a special recognition to celebrate women achievers from different walks of life. Organised by the Women and Child Development Ministry, the prestigious awards are given at the occasion of International Women’s Day every year

Anshu Khanna

Nari Shakti Puraskar being given to Royal Fables founder Anshu Khanna

Royal Fables founder Anshu Khanna, saree revivalist Smriti Morarka, spiritual leader Sister Shivani, commando trainer Seema Rao, marine pilot Reshma Nilofar Naha, scientists A Seema and Ipsita Biswas, DD News anchor Neelum Sharma, acid attack survivor Pragya Prasun, radio music composer Madhuri Barthwal and activist Manju Manikuttan are among other awardees. Some 1,000 nominations were received by the WCD Ministry this year.

“The awardees are a face of change, reflecting a shift in the status of women, from women development to women-led development,” WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi was quoted as saying. “No field has been left untouched, where women have not left their indelible mark, making women the leading force of our development trajectory,” she added.

Anshu Khanna

Nari Shakti Puraskar recipients on their way to Rashtrapati Bhavan

Anshu Khanna is conferred with the prestigious awards for founding Royal Fables and working towards promoting the legacy of artisanal karkhanas that existed in the golden era of  princely India and are now being revived by many young women belonging to royal families of India with renewed vigour.

Royal Fables works towards bestowing entrepreneurship in women born within traditional Indian families. In turn also supporting craft-based NGOs and artisans that work with these women.

“As a journalist and a publicist, I had the good fortune to work with and meet many young women born to princely families who were quietly reviving the culture of patronage. They were upgrading their museum shops, enriching their palaces and also empowering many women artisans working in their region. I simply worked towards creating a market for their goods and alsoshowcasing their fairly tale to the world,” says Anshu Khanna.

Watch the award ceremony in the video below:

After getting the honour from the President, the recipients of Nari Shakti Puraskar also met PM Narendra Modi. While congratulating the awardees, the PM said that women continue to inspire the nation in all spheres. He also thanked women for giving importance to initiatives like Swachhta Abhiyaan programme.
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