Newly elected Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has made it a priority to make the party MORE culturally diverse and his first step is the appointment of Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as Indian Adviser.
Choudhrie, with close ties in both the countries, will be key to take across British-Indian community’s needs and concerns to Farron as well as seeing how Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India can improve further.
Farronwas confident that Lib Dems can be effective in maximising UK’s relationships with Indians, “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.”
At the election, the new Lib Dem leader also stated that the party will be working towards getting to know Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community’s needs and concerns as well.
The Lib Dem leader said that appointing Choudhrie as adviser wasn’t a tough decision “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 will also be visiting India in 2016.
The appointment was announced pretty close to PM Narendra Modi’s visit to UK and Choudhrie felt honoured by the decision: “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.”