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A landmark book, featuring contributions from leading experts on the UK and India relations across business and politics, was launched at British Council in the national capital.
Published a week after the beginning of the UK's negotiations in Brussels for exit from the European Union, the book includes chapters from London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council Chair, Jonathan Marland.
Titled, "Winning Partnership: India-UK Relations Beyond Brexit", the book has been edited by Manoj Ladwa, who also presented a copy of the book to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.
The book launch event witnessed a panel of contributors to the book, including Lord Meghnad Desai, who is Professor Emeritus of the London School of Economics, British Indian investment banker and businessman Lord Jitesh Gadhia, Chairperson and Managing Director of The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group Jyotsna Suri, OBE, British Council India Director Alan Gemmell, and its editor Manoj Ladwa. The panel was moderated by Ashok Malik, Senior Indian analyst and commentator.
"We know that we're leaving the European Union, we know that things will change. I wanted to do something positive to show how India and Britain can maximise its global partnership to grow prosperity," Ladwa said in his address.
He said that the UK's relationship with India is one that is predominantly transactional, but it needs to become transformational.
"India and the UK need to understand where the true value comes from the partnership, and how they can turn this special relationship into a global relationship, one that changes the world for the better, tackling significant issues such as security and climate change together," he added.