Conservative Friends of India

As the UK General Election approaches, it’s still astounding how many British Indian voters sleep walk into voting for Labour just because they always have. Here’s something which may help change their minds:

In politics personal, as in business relationships are underestimated sometimes and underutilized almost all times. Rapport matters. Just look at Obama-Modi.

The Finance Minister of the fastest growing economy in the world, Minster Jaitley, will represent PM Modi at the unveiling of the Gandhi memorial in Parliament Sq in London on March 14th. Remember this against a backdrop where no other Western Government has managed a State visit from the PM of India since his election. Yet the Indian Finance Minister visits as personal representative of PM Modi barely two weeks after his budget speech and a couple of months after a major surgery. So how do you get such coups?

Thanks to the personal relationship of British Indian Minister Baroness Verma who went to meet Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in person and ask for his attendance at the unveiling of the Gandhi memorial in Parliament Sq, London on 14th March (I was there in the room, when the offer was made and accepted). Add the close links between the Conservative Party and BJP – she was the only British Minister at the swearing-in of PM Modi as a Conservative Party representative.

PM Cameron has been clear of the importance he places on UK’s relationship with India and also the importance the Indian Diaspora and their personal relationships play in that. This is proof of it – without Minister to Minister personal rapport this could not happen. It could not happen at anything lower than Ministerial level, and anything less than a long-standing mutual respect between peers.

So to recognize the Indian diaspora worldwide, the power of its relationships, I’m privileged to be host at an event Minister Verma will be supporting; the NRI Foundation dinner with Finance Minister Jaitley as guest of honour prior to the unveiling of the Gandhi memorial; bringing together and celebrating successful non-residents from across the globe – because personal relationships make all the difference for countries and companies.

Alpesh Patel

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