Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, received the ‘Politician of the Year’ award at the same ceremony.

92-year-old Kaul received the award on Thursday night from Baroness Betty Boothroyd, OM PC former speaker of the House of Commons.

"I have spoken for over 50 years on TV and Radio. When I first came to UK, the situation was entirely different,” said Kaul, the first NRI to be awarded OBE after World War II for his services in improving race relations through his BBC TV programmes.

“Now we can see the change and the Asian community has brought this about through its dedication and hard work,” he added.

Born and educated in Kashmir, Kaul served as newsreader, actor and producer of several programmes.
Kaul also worked for Radio Kashmir and All India Radio besides assisting the Films Division to promote rural development.
Editor of the Indian Services at Voice of America (1955-60), he later joined the immigrants programme unit of the BBC, producing two weekly TV programmes for Asian viewers for nearly two decades.
One of his popular programmes, ‘Apna Hi Ghar Samjhiye’ (Make Yourself At Home), ran for 14 years.
Kaul was brought in to present a series of such programmes to help immigrants to settle and integrate in UK. He was awarded the OBE in 1975 for services to race relations, a very rare award for NRIs at that time.
He later received the Duke of Edinburgh award.



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