On 20th October I co-hosted a wonderful evening reception with Minister Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP at the Foreign Office to celebrate the contribution of the Indian Diaspora in Britain.
As the largest ethnic minority group in the UK, the Indian Diaspora continues to make an incredibly vibrant and rich contribution in so many aspects of British life.
From politics, business, academics and law, to medicine, charity work and the arts, the British Indian community has enriched these areas and professions through hard work, commitment and expertise and has truly helped make Britain great.
The Indian Diaspora not only has an eminent role in this country but has also got very strong roots in India, making the British Indian community a cornerstone of the relationship between the UK and India – a relationship of great importance that we can only hope will continue to become deeper, stronger and more prosperous.
The variety of guests that attended the event was a true testament to the contribution the Indian community makes to British society, having all contributed greatly to their respective fields, from the arts and charity work to politics and business.
Following the previous government’s dedication to strengthening relations between the UK and India through visits from both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, it is very heartening to witness this Government’s deep commitment to India, made even firmer following the Prime Minister’s third visit in as many years. This is very positive news and we can only hope that this relationship will continue to blossom and become ever stronger.