Top 5 couples in Community Affairs
So many of the Asian Power Couples are involved in community affairs – from running charities, to being magistrates, fundraising, mentoring, trusteeship and civic engagement at a local or national level. The Top 5 Asian Power Couples in Community Affairs 2018 are Anil & Santosh Bhanot, Ravi & Sushma Bhanot, Avnish & Anita Goyal, Ramesh & Pratibha Sachdev, Nilesh Solanki & Heena Shah.
Top 5 Asian Power Couples in Community Affairs 2018
Presented in alphabetical order by surname
Anil & Santosh Bhanot are legendary in the Hindu community thanks in part to Anil’s association with the Hindu Council UK, where he was a founding member in 1994. He is now Chair of the Ethnic Minority Foundation which works for social justice and he runs it’s social enterprise arm the Peepul Centre Leicester bringing theatre, arts, sports, fitness and nursery facilities to the local communities. Santosh Bhanot is the Founder & Chair of The Asian Circle which aims to help support vulnerable and poor women on the Asian subcontinent. Ravi & Sushma Bhanot are also at the forefront of community affairs in Britain. This year they led the International Yoga Day celebrations and organised the Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square. Sushma Bhanot also co-hosted the Great British Chai Party at the House of Commons in March 2017. Created to tackle loneliness in the elderly, the Great British Chai Party encourages people to host tea parties to aid social cohesion and facilitate new friendships.
Through the Hemraj Goyal Foundation (HGF), Avnish and Anita Goyal (pictured above) undertake a breathtaking array of fundraising campaigns and community activities in Britain, India and other parts of the world. This year the flagship HGF Ball raised over £120,000 for The Lily Foundation against human trafficking. Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev have also stepped up activities at their GMSP Foundation, supporting the launch of the Sisters for Change ‘Unequal Regard, Unequal Protection: Public Authority responses to violence against BME women in England’ report at the House of Lords. Newcomers Nilesh Solanki & Heena Shahi, often in the background at major community and fundraising events, have been thrust into the forefront after Nilesh took up the role of North London Regional Director for Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) UK, organising activities for six branches, and this year, celebrated the 15th anniversary of the PwC Hindu Network which he Founded and Chairs. Avowedly, Nilesh would not be able to manage these roles without the project management expertise and support of his wife Heena Shah.