India-born Sudhir Choudhrie has been appointed party adviser on India by the recently elected Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron.
The development marks the party’s move to solidify its relationship with the British-Indian community. Sudhir’s responsibilities will include helping the Dem Lib leader know more about the needs and concerns of the UK Indian community along with advising him on Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India. The new incumbency is considered a strategic advantage ahead of Farron’s visit to India in 2016.
Farron understands the need to increase the diversity of the Liberal Democrat party. He has been a proponent of exploring equations with various minorities through reaching out to Black, Asian and Minority etchic (BAME) communities.
In a keynote address, Farron said: “India is a key strategic partner for the United Kingdom and the British-Indian community contributes so much to our country. I am determined that the Liberal Democrats do all we can to maximise the economic, cultural and social benefit of these relationships”
On the decision to appoint Choudhrie he said, “Sudhir has been a committed supporter of the Liberal Democrats for many years and I look forward to being able to draw on his vast business experience, unparalleled network in both the UK and India, and wise political counsel.”
The decision came at a very important time because it almost coincides with Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK.
Expressing the need for minority communities to come up mainstream, Sudhir Choudhrie said: “I have long believed that the Liberal Democrats best embody the internationalist and pro-enterprise values that characterise the British-Indian community. India, with its ever vibrant and expanding consumer market of over 1.2 billion people, and home to more than a quarter of the world’s millennials, is slated to emerge as the world’s third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is thus, critical that both India and UK collaborate on a common agenda of growth and I am honoured by Tim Farron’s decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.”