Tim Farron, the Liberal Democrat’s new leader, wants to bring a fresh outlook to the party by pushing cultural diversity higher up the priority list. As an important step in that direction, Farron has appointed Indian-born businessman Sudhir Choudhrie as adviser on India.
The decision will be crucial for Farron to reach out to the British-Indian community and learn their needs and concerns. Choudhrie’s years of experience would also be valuable for the party to be able to strategise ways to improve Britain’s foreign and business relationship with India.
Farron said he looks forward to be able to use Choudhrie’s expertise to follow his plans, “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.”
“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.” Farron appreciated the UK-Indian community’s contribution to UK. He also promised to visit India in 2016.
However, apart from the UK-Indians, Farron also pledged to get closer to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities because they are also an important part of the country.
Choudhrie said a strong relationship between the countries will benefit both economically, “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 world’s millennials, is slated to emerge as the world’s third largest economy by 2030, which makes the country extremely attractive. It is thus, 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.”