A party grows in the right direction if it is led by a visionary, and Liberal Democrats’ leader Tim Farron is nothing short of that. Bringing fresh perspective to the table, Farron has put cultural diversification of the party on top on the to-do list.
As a first step in the new direction of the party, Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie was appointed as the Indian adviser to strengthen relations with UK-Indians.
Through his years of business experience, Choudhrie would advise the party on how to improve Britain’s business and foreign relationship with India. Through Choudhrie, the British-Indian community will also be able to voice their needs and concerns better.
Farron will however spread the diversification drive across to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities as well, because he believes it’s his responsibility to be aware of the needs and concerns of the people his party will serve.
Stressing the importance of the British-Indian community’s contribution to UK, Farron said: “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.”, further stating that he will visit India in 2016.
Choudhrie revealed his long standing admiration of Lib Dems, “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 worlds millennials, is slated to emerge as the worlds third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is 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.”