Every politician should be both demographic and cultural versatile. Newly elected Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron understands that and has appointed Indian-origin businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as party adviser to India, in order to get more acquainted with UK-Indian’s needs and concerns.
On his decision to bring Choudhrie on as adviser, Farron 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.”
As adviser, Choudhrie would also be aiding Farron in forming strategies to improve Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India.
The Lib Dem leader also encouraged the party to reach out to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities so that they are well-informed about the needs and concerns of the residents they’re going to serve.
He expressed his opinion about UK having India as a strategic partner, “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.”
Choudhrie too, underlined the value of UK-India collaboration for common growth: “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.” He said.