CtoI News Desk– Three hundred British Indians have been shortlisted as finalists for the Seventh British Indian Awards 2019, but not all of them are happy about it.
British Punjabi mental health not-for-profit Taraki founder, Shuranjeet Singh Takhar stirred up a minor controversy when he declined the nomination in the Influencer of the Year category, objecting to the term ‘influencer’ and the categorisation of the awards as ‘British Indian’.
Takhar posted a statement on Twitter explaining that he was “withdrawing Taraki from this opportunity”.
“I do not feel comfortable identifying myself or Taraki as an ‘influencer’ or a movement identified as ‘British Indian’,” he stated.
Jaspreet Singh, a Sikh student at Birmingham University who had been shortlisted in the Young Achiever category, also withdrew from the awards.