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Geetakshi Arora conferred with Noor Inayat Khan prize

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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.Geetakshi Arora conferred with Noor Inayat Khan prize
  • 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

Flash points

  • 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