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Lord Navnit Dholakia

Lord Navnit Singh Dholakia, President of British Liberal Democrats is the first Asian to head a political party.

india Updated: Jan 09, 2003 12:07 IST

Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson in the House of Lords, Lord Navnit Singh Dholakia became the first Asian to head a political party in Britain when he was appointed President of the Liberal Democrats in early June 2002.

In the past as today, he has always espoused the cause of the minorities, usually lost in the great milieu of nations.

His belief was that the minorities of any community are as much an integral part of a nation as the majority. Holding firm on his belief in racial equality and equal opportunity to all, he has worked his way up the ladder with sheer perseverance.

The journey to this position was not a pre-planned trek. Dholakia had primarily come to study at the Brighton Technical College. Dholakia moved to representative politics after being elected to Brighton Borough Council (1961-1964) and took his first job as Medical Laboratory Technician at Southlands Hospital. His active participation in Liberal politics continued.

First Published: Jan 09, 2003 00:00 IST