Faiths Forum for London are delighted to announce that our Co-chair, Dr. Deesha Chadha has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.


The OBE has been awarded for services to faith communities in recognition of Deesha’s contribution to interfaith dialogue and harmony, exhibited through her work with Faiths Forum for London, and the Hindu Forum of Britain


Deesha said, “It is an honour to receive this title. Unfortunately, the significance of my efforts to unite communities was once again highlighted with police forces recording nearly three times more hate crime offences between January and March during the COVID-19 crisis, than that of the previous two years.”


“Now more than ever, we must come together. Only through our joint efforts, as a single humanity of all faiths and none, can we overcome the challenges of this virus. I urge everyone to show compassion during this time and offer their support to friends, neighbours and strangers. I point to the local humanitarian work of places of worship in Harrow and across the nation as an example to us all. We must provide support to everyone in need – compassion has no room for prejudice.”


Faiths Forum for London would like to thank Deesha for her vital work and we look forward to continuing our joint pursuit of interfaith harmony for years to come.


In response to Deesha receiving the title, Mustafa Field OBE, Director of Faiths Forum for London said, “With Hate Crime Awareness Week fast approaching, this is incredibly timely to recognise the efforts and contribution of Deesha in promoting equality and respect as a bulwark to tackling intolerance, hatred and extremism.”


Deesha and Faiths Forum for London would also like to thank the Hindu Forum of Britain and those who have contributed to Deesha’s journey, without whom her to promote equality, respect, and tackle hated would not have been possible.