Liberal Democrats’ new leader Tim Farron has brought a fresh outlook to the party, putting cultural diversification at the top. He has promised to be more aware of the needs and concerns of UK-Indian as well as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.
To be better equipped to reach out to the former, the party has appointed Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser on India. With business experience in both countries, Choudhrie will be able to aid the party help Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India.
Farron expressed delight on having Choudhrie on board: “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.” Farron also committed to visiting India this year.
Choudhrie readily accepted the role and revealed his long-standing respect for 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 Farrons decision to ask me to fulfil this role, especially coinciding with Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the UK.’’