Indian independence day saw Lord Bilimoria speak to the business focused broadsheet City AM about India – UK relations and the opportunities for further integration between India and the UK.
In an interview with David Watts for Asian Affairs magazine Lord Bilimoria referenced his own background as an immigrant to demonstrate the damaging nature of Britain’s current immigration policy. He noted the negative consequences of the government’s approach to immigration, such as its impact on the UK’s Higher Education and curry industries, and stressed that the government’s flawed approach, championed by Theresa May, is destroying Britain’s future business success potential.
On the 12th September Lord Bilimoria delivered the Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) Foundation Lecture in Patna. In the lecture, which has previously been delivered by Nobel Laureates Amartya Sen and Joseph Stiglitz, Lord Bilimoria discussed the role of Jamshetji Tata and the contribution of Parsis in the Indian freedom struggle. Drawing on his personal experiences as a Zoroastrian Parsi, Lord Bilimoria talked passionately about the role that the Parsi minority has had in business both in India and the UK. He also highlighted how the struggle of Tata, both as a visionary businessman and as a freedom fighter, was representative of the struggle of the Parsi minority and closed with words by Mahatma Gandhi, stressing both their general importance, as well as the specific resonance they hold for the Zoroastrian community.
Writing for City AM, a business daily, Lord Bilimoria argues that the latest uncertainty concerning the Chinese markets provides the ideal reminder of the importance of trade with India, whose economy continues its rapid growth.
Monday saw Lord Bilimoria share his thoughts about the growth opportunities for beer in India in an article for Indian news magazine, Indian Outlook. The piece identified the substantial discrepancy between the consumption of beer and spirits in India, despite the recent rise in popularity of beer in the country, and made the case for reforming the taxation rates in India so that they better reflect the alcoholic potency of the products being sold and help to reduce the health and social problems associated with easily available cheap liquor.
On 3rd July, Lord Bilimoria was invited to be the Chief Guest Speaker at the Annual India Link Awards. He spoke about India-British relations and their smart power on the world stage, and his comprehensive speech (a transcript of which is available below) was extremely well received by all those present.
To cap off a wonderful night, Lord Bilimoria was also awarded with the India Link International Indian of the Year Award 2014-15, which recognised his significant achievements in the business and education sectors.
Following the spectacular scenes in Delhi last Sunday, where the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, led the largest Yoga demonstration in a single venue in history, Lord Bilimoria today led the First Annual UN International Yoga Day Celebrations in the UK Parliament to demonstrate the benefits of the ancient practice.
A number of MPs and Peers took part in the event, including the former Defence Secretary, Lord King of Bridgwater, former Managing Director of Marks and Spencer, Lord Stone, former surgeon and professor, Lord McColl of Dulwich, Virendra Sharma MP, Chairman of the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group, and Bob Blackman MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for British Hindus.
The event saw Yoga teachers from around the country discuss the history of the discipline and deliver demonstrations on meditation and mindfulness, breathing exercises, and office yoga.
Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), who recently celebrated their thirtieth anniversary of their UK office. To celebrate this relationship with the United Kingdom, the CII spoke to a number of senior governmental figures in both nations, as well as leading businesspeople from the UK and India, regarding the commercial and economic links between them.
The Confederation of Indian Industry is a non-governmental , not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organisation that has played a key role in Indian economic development since it was founded in 1895. As India’s premier business association, the CII now boasts over 7200 members from both the private and public sectors, and from businesses of various sizes. Together with its ties to over 242 national and regional sectoral industry bodies, it enjoys an indirect membership of over 100,000 enterprises.
Lord Bilimoria was interviewed by Bloomberg’s “The Pulse” television programme regarding the recent landslide election of the BJP in India and examined the potential business and economic impact of opposition leader Narendra Modi’s victory at the polls.
The full video can be found HERE.
On Sunday 11th May, Lord Bilimoria was interviewed on Sky News’ flagship “Murnaghan” programme regarding the on-going Indian General Election. A transcript of the interview can be seen below.