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.