Under Tim Farron’s his leadership Liberal Democrats have brushed up party priorities in the right direction. One of the priorities now is to culturally diversify the party and as an important move to follow that plan, Sudhir Choudhrie has been appointed as Indian adviser.
Choudhrie has a vast business network as well as a sound political wisdom, both of which will help Lib Dems work on improving Britain’s foreign and business relationships with India. He will also aid the party to better understand UK-Indian community’s needs and concerns.
The Lib Dem leader also assured Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities that their needs and concerns would be included in the diversification bid too.
Farron applauded Choudhrie’s business experience and network: “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, he has also committed on visiting India this year.
Choudhrie cited the reasons for his long-standing respect for Liberal Democrats, “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.’’