Geetakshi Arora of SOAS South Asia Institute has won the first Noor Inayat Khan Prize, the Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust announced in London.
Noor Inayat Khan
- Noor was born in Moscow in 1914 to Indian father Hazrat Inayat Khan and American mother Ora Ray Baker.
- She was a secret agent in World War II and was sent behind enemy lines. She operated from Paris, doing crucial work for the allies.
- Noor was betrayed, arrested and killed in Dachau Concentration Camp at the age of 30.
- Her last word was ‘Liberte’
Noor Inayat Khan prize
- Noor Inayat Khan Memorial Trust has inaugurated the Noor Inayat Khan prize in memory of the second world war heroine
- Shrabani Basu is the founder and chair of the trust
- The prize consists of 1000 pounds and a certificate
- The annual prize is awarded to the post-graduate student Geetakshi Arora from SOAS, University of London, working in the area of gender studies and South Asian history
- Geetakshi Arora is an Indian origin student who was awarded for the Dissertation in spirit with Noor Inayat Khan’s efforts
- The award was given by Michael Hu, head of SOAS South Asia Institute
Points to note
- A memorial square for Noor Inayat Khan is at Gordon Square, London
- It was opened in 2012