Liberal Democrats’ leader Tim Farron has earned laurels in his span thus far especially because of the way he brings new ideas to the table which aim to help the party grow. His decision to culturally diversify the party has been very well received.
The appointment of Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser to India was one important move. Choudhrie will not only make it easier for the party to understand UK-Indians’ needs and concerns better, his business expertise and political counsel will also aid the party to find out the scope of improvement in Britain’s business and foreign relationship with India.
Farron applauded Choudhrie’s committed support for Lib Dems: “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 promised an India visit this year.
Choudhrie shared why he has been supporting Liberal Democrats and showed respect for their idealogies, “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.’’
Farron stated that the party needs to be closer to all the people they’re going to serve and hence Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities will also be at the centre of the cultural diversification planned.