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Vivek Maru receives GOPIO Award for Social Entrepreneurship

On April 28, 2012, Namati CEO Vivek Maru was honored with the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Connecticut Chapter’s “Entrepreneur Award.”  Selected for his role as Founder of Namati, Maru accepted the award alongside co-honorees Faquir Jain, Chandra Prasad, Neena Singh, Malika Bhandarkar, and William Pinch.  According to GOPIO-CT President, Shailesh Naik, “the award selection is a rigorous process conducted by an independent committee which evaluates all nominations, and we are glad we select the best possible candidates every year.”

In his acceptance remarks, Maru stressed that “law and government should be palpable earth in people’s hands, not abstractions sealed in books or courtrooms.”  He recalled being at the Ramila Grounds in Delhi in August 2011, where tens of thousands of people had gathered to support Anna Hazare’s hunger fast.  Elaborating on Namati’s Environmental Justice Program in India, Maru highlighted ongoing work with communities in coastal areas to monitor the conditions that industrial firms commit to when they receive environmental clearances.  Namati’s mission to grow the field of legal empowerment, Maru explained, is working to make the ideals of grassroots justice a reality.

Maru’s full remarks can be accessed here.

The press release of the awards selection can be accessed here.


April 29, 2012 | Namati

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