A nation is its people; as the population diversifies, a nation grows. Political parties have to be aware of that and spread their concerns across all the budding cultures of their country.
Liberal Democrats, under their new leader Tim Farron, are out to achieve just that. To get closer to the UK-Indian community, which has grown into a vital part of the UK, Farron has appointed Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as Adviser to India.
Not only would Choudhrie be able to better traverse UK-Indians’ needs and concerns better, his invaluable business experience and unparalleled network would be a boon to Lib Dems who seek to improve Britain’s business and foreign relationship with India.
Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities also form a key part of the UK’s future and Farron has promised to cater to their needs and concerns as well.
Farron said Lib Dems will do whatever it takes to strengthen ties between UK and India: “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.” He announced that he will visit India in 2016.
Choudhrie readily accepted the responsibility stating: “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.”