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Celebrating 50 years of Garavi Gujarat


FAMILY TIES: (From left) Shailesh, Sadhana Karia,
Parvatiben, Ramniklal, Jayanti and Kalpesh Solanki
FAMILY TIES: (From left) Shailesh, Sadhana Karia, Parvatiben, Ramniklal, Jayanti and Kalpesh Solanki

GARAVI GUJARAT’S founder and editor-in-chief, Ramniklal Solanki CBE, was pre­sented with a special memento to mark 50 years since the newsweekly was launched on April 1, 1968, from a terrace house in Wembley, north London.

Following its launch as an A4-size news­weekly, Garavi Gujarat quickly grew into a full-colour publication, providing readers with a wide range of news, views, analysis, exclusive interviews and features from In­dia, the UK and beyond.

Today the Asian Media Group (AMG) is Britain’s largest Asian publishing house – with titles including Garavi Gujarat and its sister publications Asian Trader, Pharma­cy Business, Eastern Eye, the Asian Rich List and GG2 Power List.

AMG also hosts the Asian Business Awards and the GG2 Leadership Awards, both of which recognise the contribution of the Asian community in Britain.

In a career spanning five decades, Mr Solanki has campaigned against hostile immigration policies, pushed for racial equality, shone a spotlight on the achieve­ments as well as challenges of the Asian community, interviewed British prime ministers and also solved a murder case. For the latter, he received a commendation the Metropolitan Police’s deputy commis­sioner, Sir Ian Blair, in 2003.

Mr Solanki’s efforts were recognised by the Queen on two occasions – he was hon­oured for his services to journalism and the Asian community with an OBE and a CBE.

Since its launch 50 years ago, Garavi Gujarat has become the leading publica­tion for the community in Britain and the US. The story of the newsweekly reflects the rise and influence of the Asian com­munity around the world.