Former Civic Mayor of Tower Hamlets Abdul Aziz Sardar and former President of BCA Pasha Khandaker were awarded MBE on Queen’s Birthday this year. MBE most commonly refers to Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a grade within the British order of chivalry. This year one thousand and fifty seven people received this honour.
Abdul Aziz Sardar has been dedicated himself for the welfare of the community for long time. He was elected as the Mayor on 2003 while serving as a Councillor. Abdul Azix Sardar is also a dedicated Labour Party activist for years. He is also involved in many social and charity work in his hometown in Dhirai in Sunamganj in Bangladesh. He is also associated with a number of mainstream and Sunamganj based organisations in the UK. He has inspired many British-Bangladeshi young people to involve themselves in mainstream British politics.
Mr Nur-ur Rahman Khandaker Pasha, better known as Pasha Khandaker, is the former President of the Bangladesh Caterers Association. He is the chairman of Reliance West Malling Limited and Principal partner of Ghandi Tandoori restaurant, in West Malling, Kent and Gandhi Tandoori at Rye in East Sussex. Mr Khandaker served continuously on the previous National Executive Committees of BCA and became the Senior Vice President in 2003. He was the Secretary General of the organisation until June 2012. Mr Pasha has been a featured participant in various industry forums. He has served on a number of non-profit organizations, including the Kent police as a social trainer and was active as Senior Executive of Kent Muslim forum. He also worked as a coordinator for South East Human Rights. He is a Labour party activist and worked as the CLP secretary of his party. Throughout his career in the curry industry, he has continually established connections with many high profile policy makers through his participation in the Chamber of Commerce, local council and police and several informal business groups. Currently he is working relentlessly to raise the standard of curry industry as well as those who are related with this creative industry.