London: Lord Navnit Dholakia, leading NRI
politician in the UK, has won the top honour at the GG2
Leadership Awards 2011 for his outstanding achievements.
Britain`s Attorney General Dominic Grieve presented the
GG2 (Garavi Gujarat) Hammer Award to Lord Dholakia during a
ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel where
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was the chief guest.
Receiving the award, Dholakia, Deputy Leader of the
Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, lauded the
achievements of the Asian community and minority community
from all walks of life in the UK.
Speaking briefly on the occasion, Clegg said he along
with leaders of other parties in the UK strongly believed in
multi-culturalism - universal respect for basic values,
respect for law and liberty.
"Education remains the greatest key to progress and
advancement," he said.
Other recipients of the awards were: Sargeant Dip Pun
(GG2 Pride of Britain Award), Nina Wadia (GG2 Woman of the
Year), Darra Singh, Chairman of the Riots Community and
Victims Panel (GG2 Man of the Year), Nazia Parveen, Senior
Reporter, Lancashire Evening Telegraph (GG2 Young Journalist
of the Year), Atul Pathak (GG2 Social entrepreneur of the
In a message, Prime Minister David Cameron said, "There
is little doubt that Britain today is a far more diverse and
tolerant society than it was a generation ago. As a country we
have thankfully come a long way in the last fifty years and we
now have some of the strongest equality legislation in
Ramniklal Solanki CBE, Editor in Chief, Asian Media &
Marketing Group, organiser of the Awards, said "all the
winners tonight exhibit some of the very best leadership."