'Aboslutely no idea who recommended my name', says HS Phoolka; dedicates Padma Shri to those working for human rights

Senior advocate and activist HS Phoolka, while admitting he did not know why recommended him for the Padma Shri award, dedicated it to human rights workers.

Asian News International January 26, 2019 11:24:06 IST
'Aboslutely no idea who recommended my name', says HS Phoolka; dedicates Padma Shri to those working for human rights
  • Phoolka is widely known for his legal battle to secure justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots

  • Phoolka said he was grateful to the President and the government of India for giving him the award

  • When asked why he might have been recommended he admitted to not having any idea

New Delhi: Senior advocate and activist HS Phoolka, who chosen for Padma Shri award, dedicated the honour to all those who are working for the protection of human rights.

Aboslutely no idea who recommended my name says HS Phoolka dedicates Padma Shri to those working for human rights

File image of HS Phoolka. PTI

Phoolka, who is widely known for his legal battle to secure justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, further thanked the government of India and President for recognizing his efforts.

Speaking to ANI, Phoolka said, "I am grateful to President and the government of India for giving me the award. This award is for everyone who is working for the protection of human rights, who is working for downtrodden and who is working to uphold the rule of law in the country."

When asked if he feels that the award is given to him for being active in the legal battle to secure justice for the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Phoolka stated that he has got "absolutely no idea about the same."

"I don't know who recommended my name, why they recommended my name. I have absolutely no idea. I am just thankful to the government and President of India for the award,” he concluded.

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