Indian businessman Sunil Chopra has been elected mayor of Southwark for the second time.
Delhi-born Sunil Chopra was sworn in on Saturday at Southwark Cathedral, Montague Close in central London. Chopra was the Mayor of the London Borough of Southwark in 2014-2015 and Deputy Mayor in 2013-2014, the first person of Indian descent to hold the prestigious office in the Borough.
The British Labor Party has triumphed over the Liberal Democrats in the London Bridge and West Bermondsey seats, led by Chopra. These seats were occupied by the opposition party for decades. This win is significant because the London Borough of Southwark Council has only 2 percent of people of Indian descent.
Mr Chopra entered British politics in 2010 and was first elected Mayor of the London Borough of Southwark in 2014. He was also three times Deputy Mayor. His political journey began long before that, in the 1970s in Delhi.
He became the first president of the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University in 1972. While holding LL.B. in 1973-74 he held the position of Supreme Councilor at Delhi University. Later, he also became NSUI (National Students Union of India) president for New Delhi.
Mr Chopra has lived in London for over four decades and is actively involved in local community work. In 1979, after moving to the UK, Chopra started a retail store that grew into a wholesaler of children’s clothing and baby products.
In addition, he took the opportunity to promote Indian culture by organizing cultural events and community work. He co-founded an organization, the Southwark Hindu Centre, for the Indian community in the area.
Mr Chopra also sees the strengthening of economic and cultural ties between the UK and India. He wants to promote Southwark locally and globally and is passionate about bringing different communities together.
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