Councillor Ram Lakha OBE was the first British Asian Deputy Lord Mayor to serve the City of Coventry. Mr Lakha has worked as a Councillor for over 19 years and tirelessly engaged with the Places of Worship, Community Groups and the Trade Union, promoting equality and inclusiveness.
Ram Lakha said “I am pleased that my work has been recognised and I would like to dedicate this honour to the communities and individuals who are working hard to gain their rightful place in a multi cultural and modern society and especially to those who have suffered discrimination”.
Coventry Communities Group Chairman Mr Pashori Lal commented “the People of Coventry offer our heartiest congratulations to Cllr Ram Lakha for receiving the prestigious honour of the OBE for serving the communities of Coventry through the lifetime service he has rendered to the citizens of our great City. He truly is to be commended for his dedication, energy and steadfast approach which has touched so many people”.
The Coventry Communities Group was set up to celebrate the achievements and milestones in the lives of unsung heroes who work for communities in Coventry. The group tackles issues dividing the community and promotes racial equality, interfaith dialogue and community cohesion. In addition, the group will organise relief efforts for natural disasters and calamities, as well as fundraising for charities and good causes.
Raj Malhotra General Secretary of the Coventry Communities Group, who many years ago, himself became the first Asian Councillor in Coventry said “Ram Lakha is a role model for the younger generation because he came from a very poor and deprived background and has proved what can be achieved through hard work and determination. We need to use his life story to inspire others to work hard to achieve success. If he can do it, others should also be trying to do it”.
Ram Lakha was born into a poor family in India and in his young life he worked as a labourer in order to fund his education. After graduating he worked as a civil servant before migrating to England to marry Meto.
Guests invited to the event include the Lord Mayor of Coventry, Leader of the Council Cllr Ken Taylor, Opposition Party Leader Cllr John Mutton, Consul General of India, Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth, Jim Cunningham MP and Geoffrey Robinson MP. Part of the proceeds of the evening will be donated to Ram Lakha’s nominated charity Tiny Tim Centre Coventry which helps children with disabilities and special needs.