Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat’s recently elected leader, has made a commitment to culturally diversify the party. As the first crucial move in that direction, he has appointed Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser on India to get closer to the British-Indian community.
Choudhrie will be critical to the party’s strategy as he will aid Farron in getting to know the community’s needs and concerns better, as well as helping in computing the scope of improvement in Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India because of his close ties in both the countries.
Apart from getting closer to the Indian community, Farron also talked about his plans to reach out to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in order to be demographically more diverse.
The Lib Dem leader expressed the significance of India as a strategic partner for UK, “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.”
He revealed whyChoudhrie is the perfect person for the role of adviser, “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.”
Farron has also made plans to visit India in 2016. Choudhrie was named as adviser just ahead of Indian PM Narendra Modi’s UK visit, and he took it as a great honour. “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.”