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Swadesh Chatterjee awarded North Carolina’s ‘Order of the Long Leaf Pine’

America’s former ambassador to India, Rich Verma, said Chatterjee has been pivotal to bringing India and US governments closer together

North Carolina Governor Ray Cooper presenting the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Chatterjee (Picture provided)

Indian-American political activist, Swadesh Chatterjee, added another feather to his cap with the State of North Carolina presenting him with the ‘Order of the Long Leaf Pine’ on Friday. It is the highest award bestowed by this State and was conferred on Chatterjee for his immense contribution to strengthening India-US relationship over the past 30 years.

Chatterjee was one of the founders of the ‘US-India Friendship Council’ -- a coalition of prominent Indian-American persons and associations that lobbied US Senators and House members -- that was instrumental in the passage of the US-India Civilian Nuclear Deal. The historic bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on Oct. 8, 2008.

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