Diversifying the party is Lib Dem’s number one priority and Tim Farron, their leader, has appointed Sudhir Choudhrie as Adviser on India, as a positive step in that direction.
As an Indian-born businessman with close ties in both the countries, Choudhrie is the perfect person to help Farron map out and ideate strategies on how to further improve Britain’s business and foreign relationships with India as well as helping the party strengthen its ties with the UK-Indian community. Choudhrie will also help Lib Dems learn British-Indians’ needs and concerns better.
Farron also committed that the party will get closer to Black, Asian, and Minority ethnic (BAME) communities so they’re well aware of the needs and concerns of the people they’re going to serve.
Tim Farron said he’s looking forward to get political advice from Choudhrie: “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 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.”
Sudhir Choudhrie reiterated his respect for Lib Dem’s pro-enterprise values: “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 Farrons decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modis visit to the UK.”
Farron has also said that he will be visiting India sometime in 2016.