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Felicitation of Mr Naveen Jindal, Honourable Member of Parliament on 11.01.11 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sohar
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Very few people achieve what they set out to do so early in life. We are indeed honoured to have in our midst an individual like this. For the first time ever if I am a correct a Member of Parliament from India is gracing a platform in Sohar. The personality in question is none other than Mr. Naveen Jindal, Executive Vice Chairman, Managing Director, Jindal Steel & Power Ltd.

Naveenji is a youth icon in India. He is a dynamic individual who graces business forums, parliament, public causes & sports arena with equal ease. For a man who studied in Texas, USA and now representing a very rural constituency of Kurukshetra in Haryana, for the second time shows how well he can straddle the two worlds of rural and urban India.

He has been listed as one of the 25 Global leaders from India in the World Economic Forum annual list. Under his leadership, Jindal Steel & Power Limited has been rated as the second highest value creator in the world by Boston Consultancy Group. JSPL was awarded the Forbes Asia’s ‘Fabulous 50’ international award in 2009. It has also been rated among India’s 50 best Blue Chip companies by Dalal Street journal.

A very able parliamentarian like his father late Shri O.P. Jindal, Naveenji has been active participant in Parliamentary debates. Mr. Naveen Jindal is a Member of various Parliamentary committees including Public Accounts Committee, Standing Committee on Home Affairs, Consultative Committee of Ministry of Defence, Civil Aviation, and Road Transport. He is also the Convener, Parliamentary Forum on Children.

As a parliamentarian he is committed to weeding out corruption, promotion of clean environment and providing health and educational facilities to all. The schools built by his company in Raigarh, Angul, and Hissar and elsewhere are a testament to the fact.

He has become an ardent champion of Indians displaying their patriotism. His legal battles to allow each and every Indian the right to respectfully fly the Indian Flag day and now in the night with good illumination, the right of Indians to use their own National currency in Duty free shops in their own country is part of our history now. Very recently, only last week I read his article about inability to use the Indian Rupee by foreigners in Indian Duty free shops to be an eye opener. I was unaware of that fact. I wish him success in this his latest crusade.

Very few people know that Mr. Naveen Jindal is an avid sportsman. A sharp shooter with a National Record in Skeet, unbroken to date, a Polo enthusiast and now an avid champion of Indian Hockey, Mr. Jindal has made his presence felt amongst the youth of India.

It gives me great pleasure ladies and gentlemen to welcome Mr. Naveen Jindal tonight and I request him to please come on stage.

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