Sudhir Choudhrie Calls British-Indian Story “My Story”
Now a resident of London and a full-fledged citizen of the U.K., Sudhir Choudhrie nevertheless remains deep connections to his native India, including dual citizenship with both nations. Born in Delhi and educated at the University of Delhi, Sudhir Choudhrie went on to become among the most successful self-made entrepreneurs of his time. His current net worth is in excess of $2 billion. It was built to a large degree on the connections he forged between the British and the people of India. India was once a vassal of the British Empire, a fact Sudhir Choudhrie readily acknowledges. He was born in 1949 just two years after the Indian people shook off their European masters. This ushered in the tumultuous times of The Partition. Now in his 70s, Sudhir Choudhrie said the India-British story “has been my story.”
Choudhrie notes with interest how both countries have moved on to forge a new kind of relationship based on trade, mutual respect and a shared geopolitical interest on many fronts. Sudhir Choudhrie believes Brexit will ultimately be a boon for commerce. It’s an opportunity for British diplomats and business entities to sit down with their Indian counterparts and forge all-new relationships that will be more constructive than what has come before.
Sudhir Choudhrie expresses great confidence in the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He called him a “progressive, honest politician” who has “taken the country to a new level.” Choudhrie had particular praise for Modi’s Make In India program that encourages manufacturing at home rather than relying on imports. He said further that it’s programs like Make In India that will jumpstart “a golden period” for India. Sudhir Choudhrie also notes that India enjoys the advantage of being a nation of young people. For example, the median age for a citizen of India is 28 years, 10 years younger than the median age in China and more