We have great pleasure and honour of announcing that Mr. Deep C. Anand (R 47-51) has been appointed Knight in the National Order of Merit (Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite) by the President of the French Republic.
Col. R Dewan
July 18th 2011 update from Vivek Bhasin – Chairman OCA UK :
Deep C.Anand Esq.,
1, Sri Aurobindo Marg
New Delhi-110 016
Honorary Life President
Old Cottonians Association ( India)
Bishop Cotton School
I was extremely pleased to receive your letter along with the attachment from the French Ambassador to India H.E. Jerome Bonnafont; which is quoted below
Dear Mr Anand Sir,
I have great pleasure and honour of announcing to you that the you have been appointed
Knight in the National Order of Merit ( ”Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Merite”) by the President of the French Republic ( H.E.Nicholas Sarkozy)
You have played a very important role in promoting the links between the Indian and French business communities and in enhancing the relations between France and India. In particular, you have had an eminent role in developing a world leading company in the area of water supply. I am very pleased that this honour has been bestowed upon you and I congratulate you very warmly for it.
With My Best Regards,
Ambassade de France, Inde
New Delhi, 27th June 2011
On behalf of the OCA (United Kingdom) that comprises of members not only from the UK, but also from Switzerland, Germany, India, Australia, Nepal, Canada, USA, Pakistan, Netherlands, Sweden and many more countries, I express my great joy on such a prestigious honour having been bestowed upon you.
For the entire Cottonian Fraternity I will say you are elevated to the Highest Hall of Fame.
(I trust this will also mean the gift to you of one of France’s most prestigious vineyards in the Bordeaux district, a luxury yacht docked at San Tropez and a special unlimited pass to the Crazy Horse Saloon and the Moulin Rouge in Gay Paris!)
My Kindest Regards,
Capt. Vivek C.Bhasin
Chairman OCA (United Kingdom)