The Liberal Democrats are going to incorporate fresh ideologies in the party after their newly elected leader Tim Farron expressed his desire to culturally diversify.
Sudhir Choudhrie, a businessman with close ties in both India and UK, has been appointed by Farron as the party adviser on India. The decision was made to develop a greater understanding of the UK-Indians, their needs and concerns. Choudhrie’s experience will also be vital to Farron to help him form strategic plans to improve Britain’s foreign and business relations with India.
Farron praised Choudhrie’s commitment towards Lib Dems and expects his expertise to benefit the party immensely, “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.”
“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.” Farron cited the importance of having India as a strategic partner, adding that he will be visiting the country sometime in 2016.
While getting closer to the British-Indians, Farron has also committed to be available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities for all their needs and concerns.
Choudhrie felt honoured by the decision and reaffirmed his support for the Liberal Democrats, saying, “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.”