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Indian Anti-poverty Activist to Receive Award

Washington, D.C., April 28, 2005— Reform activist Barun Mitra will be honored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute for his efforts to promote economic opportunity and combat poverty in India. Mitra is the founder and director of the Liberty Institute, a nonprofit public policy research and education organization based in New Delhi, India.

Mitra will receive CEI 's Julian L. Simon Memorial Award at CEI’s 11th Annual Dinner on May 11 in Washington, D.C. This special award is presented to the individual who best exemplifies the late Julian Simon’s ideals and optimism about the future of mankind.

“Barun Mitra has demonstrated an outstanding dedication and results-oriented approach to expanding economic liberty and empowering the peoples of India,” said CEI President Fred L. Smith. “India seems at long last to be breaking the cultural and political chains that have too long kept its people in poverty,” Smith said. “The Liberty Institute offers the intellectual ammunition and grassroots activism that makes reform possible.”

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