A privilege to know

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Ramniklal Solanki CBE, a man known to many as the founder of the Asian Media Group, but also a much-loved father, grandfather and a true gentleman who I had the privilege of knowing for many years.

“When I was growing up, there were publications who would often misrepresent or even erase the voices of people of colour. When we were not invisible, we were figures of ridicule and it is hard to say which was worse. That’s why the contribution of people like Uncle Ramniklal to the British Asian experience cannot be overstated.

“Many of my parents’ generation endured real hardship while carving out their place in our society, but the connection and comfort that his community-led publications offered helped make that journey a little bit easier.”