His Excellency Mr Y.K. Sinha has used one of his final speeches as India’s high commissioner to the UK to underline his country’s commitment to developing relations with Britain.
Mr Sinha is due to retire at the end of this month following almost two years as high commissioner, bringing an end to his 37-year career in the Indian Foreign Service.
Speaking at a dinner in London held to honour his achievements, he said given the chance he’d join the Indian Foreign Service all over again.
The event, hosted by Conservative Friends of India, was attended by 120 prominent members from across the British Indian diaspora.
Guest of honour at the dinner was Penny Mordaunt, secretary of state for international development, who took the opportunity to praise the outstanding contribution being made by British Indian communities in enriching the UK.
Dr Rami Ranger CBE, co-chairman of Conservative Friends of India, paid tribute to the high commissioner and his wife, Mrs Girija Sinha for their work.
He said that during their tenure, the Indian High Commission
had engaged with the British Indian communities on an unparalleled level. As a result, the India diaspora had built a very special relationship with the High Commission.
Daniel Huggins, Conservative Friends of India director, added: “Over the last nine months it has been a pleasure to work with the high commissioner and his team in promoting and enhancing the relationship between the UK and India.
“His commitment to this partnership of equals has played a key role in bringing the two countries closer together, to the benefit of both nations.”
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Main image: CF India Patrons, co-chairs and directors presenting memento to H.E. Mr Y K Sinha & Mrs Girija Sinha.