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Indiana Business Journal Honors Sikh Visionary

Being a recipient of so many special honors, awards, and recognition for my artwork, advocacy for the historic architect...

IBJ's BRILLIANT IDEA TO IDENTIFY AND HONOR THE FIRST INDIANA 250 DISTINGUISHED CELEBRATED VISIONARIES
A Longtime Hoosier Sikh American Artist, Author,
and Community Leader, KP Singh, Among Them
“The leaders included on the Indiana 250 have made significant contributions in their communities, across their regions and to the state and nation,” said IBJ Media CEO Nate Feltman.
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“But the Indiana 250 is more than a directory or an honor roll,” he said. “It’s a way to help Hoosiers in one part of the state learn about leaders and organizations in other areas of the state. We hope the Indiana 250 will create a bond between influential Hoosiers and help them work together toward a stronger Indiana.”
 
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The IBJ's Indiana 250 were celebrated at an exclusive reception featuring remarks by Governor Eric Holcomb on July 21 at Salesforce Tower. Governor Eric J. Holcomb, who daily does his own heavy lifting uphill of the many burdens and enthusiastic cheerleading that come with his Office, summed up his pride about Indiana and challenged the gathered Honorees and their guests. As by now familiar and much like a veteran U.S. Naval Officer's precision and "a true unifier," the masterful ambassador and the 51st Governor of the State of Indiana, Eric J. Holcomb gave an inspiring Keynote as he laid out his vision and tribute to the Honorees:

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"PASSION in what you do;

MEET HIGH EXPECTATIONS - be humble and hungry - do more than someone else;
BE A LEADER: go somewhere where we have not gone before; BE MENTORS: willing to give and include;
BE AMBASSADORS to our State - the Indianapolis International Airport is our Embassy;
SERVE: be and appreciate people that serve - Say Yes! -
BE STEWARDS NOT CARETAKERS;
BE UNIFYERS;
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS of good parents and be involved in children's lives;
RECOGNIZE THE LARGE DIVERSITY: movers and shakers, friends, and outstanding contributors in our midst."
Meet the 2022 Class of IBJ's Indiana 250 Honorees:
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A Prayerful Reflection: I am grateful for this undreamed-of honor to among the IBJ's Indiana 250 distinguished celebrated visionaries. We understand that this is an introductory list of the celebrated achievers and outstanding contributors that reflect some high distinctions in the future destiny of Indiana. Governor Holcomb reminded us that there are an additional 6.8 million Hoosiers at work and allowing us their dedicated, generous and giant shoulders to lean on and shine.

IBJ President Nate Feltman and other speakers invited us to discover, connect, and celebrate other leaders and talents in Indiana and far beyond our "shores" as the governor put it: "Everywhere you go, there is a Hoosier doing something important."
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Being a recipient of so many special honors, awards, and recognition for my artwork, advocacy for the historic architecture, preservation and support of the arts and cultures, equality and dignity of all Hoosiers making Indiana their home, and sharing the good news about Indiana through my drawings, writings, commentaries and public speaking, and community engagements, I join all of you in a joyous shout: "Ain't God Good to Indiana."

Indiana has been my place of rebirth; it has provided me undreamed-of blessings, generous welcome at places that I could not have imagined, and magnified my pioneering call to value and expand our horizons to make room for new ideas, faiths, cultures, arts, cherished traditions, our proud history and heritage, and attract and celebrate world-class talents that may add dignity to our very being.
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We must create a spirit that all Hoosiers feel safe and at home and become robust partners and passionate participants to make Our Indiana Home a Welcome Destination for those who live or visit and a place to invest innovative and imaginative assets.

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Our first responsibility has to create a place that serves, where we are treated fair and just, where we together tirelessly strive and pray to assure that each Hoosier can experience the glow of freedom, dignity of his faith and culture, and pursuit of happiness and dreams. I came home with an amazing sense that the IBJ's Indiana 250 are doing just that and inspiring countless others to connect, collaborate, and scan the horizons for new pioneers to ask: "What you have done for Indiana" and prepare them to advance the Hoosier renaissance that began December 11, 1816. With so many working with a spirit of Charhdikala (Punjabi: joyous optimism), we can foresee "That the best is yet to come."

~ Respectfully, Kanwal Prakash KP Singh (KP Singh Designs) - Indianapolis, Indiana USA - July 21, 2022

Kanwal Prakash 'KP' Singh

KP participates in interfaith and humanitarian initiatives (Interfaith Hunger Initiative); activities and celebrations of diverse faiths and ethnic communities in Indiana.  KP assists with cultural training for Police Officers and TSA personnel; works with teachers, students, civic leaders to create a better understanding of Sikh and other faith traditions and contributions. KP advocates interfacing and mainstreaming ethnic talents, assets to benefit and serve all Americans.

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