Great visionary

Avicenna’s Salim Jetha said: “Ramniklal was a man with a great vision. Starting off with Asian newspaper with his wife, he had a great ability to be able to spot gaps in the market such as pharmacy where he introduced a pioneering trade title which immediately followed by the sector’s oldest Pharmacy Business Awards.

“His network was phenomenal – from politicians, manufacturers, regulators, trade organisations, right down to individuals – he knew everyone. This network becomes very visible if one attends the annual awards and dinner and I must say I haven’t witnessed any event with such a wide gathering of movers and shakers in the industry.

“I have known Ramniklal for many years. He used to attend Avicenna functions and was always willing to advise me on how it could be improved. When the Royal Navy wanted to establish links with the Asian community, they turned to him and he invited a cross-section of the leadership and I still recall how warmly we were received.

“He had succession planning well in place, and he groomed his children accordingly with the same clear focus and gradually passed lotsof responsibilities onto them.

“What I remember most is his genuinely welcoming smile. He was a great host who made me feel well at ease on each occasion and introduced me to some of his contacts. Undoubtedly, he will be sadly missed, but surely, he will be pleased to note that his DNA continues with his offspring.”