The High Commissioner of India Mrs Gaitri Kumar recently held a series of virtual interactions with young members of the Conservative Friends of India, Mahatma Gandhi Leadership Program hosted by the Labour Party, and the British South Asian Youth Summit hosted by Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing.

The High Commissioner reiterated a keen interest in strengthening positive and constructive linkages between the youth of India and the United Kingdom calling them key components of the living bridge between India and the UK. These linkages include enhancing mutual understanding, greater engagement, clearer understanding of issues – so that there is no scope for misinformation, creating networks for positive messaging, sharing good news from India, good news about India UK relations, and about new India-UK initiatives. She praised the youth of the Indian communities across the UK for their great spirit and leadership during the worst period of the health crisis and lockdown – for helping communities, delivering food, medicines, information through their networks

As British citizens, she said, Indian origin youth in the UK embody the great heritage of India and all that a modern and technologically advanced country like the UK has infused in them – and, in fact, they symbolise the shared values of India and the UK and common aspirations of our people – two of the world’s greatest functioning democracies.

Mrs Kumar called upon the young people of Indian origin to showcase the traditional Indian principles of good conduct – which is a duty – discipline, honesty in our transactions, sincerity in dealing with people and staying away from divisive impulses, always making sure that the sum total of their efforts is always a constructive contribution.

 Furthermore, Mrs Kumar shared that on July 15, India had celebrated World Youth Skills Day. The message of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, to the youth on that day was to skill, upskill and reskill. She quoted PM Modi’s call to the youth of India – which is relevant everywhere – to think and act outside comfort zones, learn new skills and hone existing ones till these very skills become the greatest strengths to discover new paths, not only for greater employability but also for personal enrichment.