In an exclusive with IBTimes UK, the online business and commerce publication, Lord Karan Bilimoria discusses his early life and arrival to the UK. He also talks about the challenges associated with setting up Cobra, and his hopes for future UK-India trade and business relations.
Lord Bilimoria was recently interviewed by Philip Slater of Forbes, the business news publication, about the state of UK-India relations. The piece touches on the UK’s changing business relationship with India and the rise of entrepreneurship in both countries, as well as the lessons that the Britain and India can learn from each other.
The article is available here and a full transcript of the interview is below:
Lord Bilimoria praised the recent unveiling of the Mahatma Gandhi statue on Parliament Square. As a member of the Mahatma Gandhi Statue Special Advisory Panel, and the Founding Chairman of the UK-India Business Council, Lord Bilimoria explains the importance of recognising the man who rose above his diminutive stature to become one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century in an article for Total Politics.
This Tuesday, Lord Bilimoria responded to the Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence report Persuasion and Power in the Modern World. Speaking in the House of Lords, he praised the report and discussed the significant soft power that India, his country of birth, and the UK, his adoptive country, wield on the world stage.
Lord Bilimoria went on to detail the threats to the UK’s soft and hard power, which include the repeated budget cuts inflicted on Britain’s cultural and defence institutions, and noted the areas in which the UK continues to excel.