Garavi Gujarat 2 (GG2), Tuesday 15 October 2002 at
the London Hilton Hotel
The Garavi Gujarat 2 (GG2) Leadership and Diversity Awards,
considered a premier award for diversity in UK, were presented
Tuesday by British Secretary of State for Defence Geoff
David Michael, Detective Chief Inspector, received the
Achievement Through Adversity Award
Expressing his best wishes for the awards, British Prime
Minister Tony Blair said, "I am proud to be the Prime
Minister of a country of many cultures and many faiths.
Events like this recognise the many achievements of Britain's
ethnic community and help strengthen the role that its
members are increasingly playing in a wide range of fields,
including business, the arts and sciences."
"I appreciate the increasing involvement of the
community in public life and look forward to building
on this in the future," he said.
Geoff Hoon said the government had removed "unnecessary
barriers" that come in the way of recruitment of
Hindus and Sikhs in the armed forces.
He said the ethnic minorities currently constituted 4
per cent of the forces and they would be increased by
one more per cent in 2003.
"The aim of the GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards
is to break down the walls that divide us," said
award organiser Ramniklal Solanki, OBE, Editor-in-Chief
of the leading English-Gujarati weeklies Garavi Gujarat
and GG2 . "We hope that by highlighting the achievements
of members of the ethnic communities, our award winners
can act as role models to the community as a whole,"
Solanki said racial intolerance and mistrust come in
many guises. "At times, openly hostile; at others,
lurking insidiously below the surface. Whether open or
hidden, there is no doubting the effects."
"The diversity of modern Britain is something to
be celebrated. Its rich foliage of cultures has its roots
in the common seeds of mankind, its growth in the common
bond of nationhood," Solanki said.
Diversity at the workforce helped companies to show better
results, said Indra Nooyi, President and Chief Financial
Officer of PepsiCo Inc USA, who was the guest of honour.