The Hinduja Family’s Annual Diwali Party has become one of the most important events in the London calendar. Each year the Hinduja brothers, Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok along with their families host a memorable Diwali Party.
This year’s celebration held on Thursday 8th November was no exception; the 400 plus guests included the who’s who of London society, along with members of every political party as well as the Mayor of London, the Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan.
Guests were entertained with an array of drinks, delectable food dishes and sweets. After the scrumptious dinner the guests were treated to entertainment from the legendary Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Baroness Sandip Verma as the Master of Ceremonies, conducted the proceedings. The Guest of Honour was the International Development Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP, who recognised the contribution of the Hinduja family and read a special Diwali message from the Prime Minister.
The speeches from GP Hinduja, Mayor of London The Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan and the Rt. Hon. Penny Mordaunt MP, were full of humour and goodwill to all. In welcoming the guests, GP Hinduja touched on the importance of Diwali and commented on how the Hinduja family has hosted these Diwali celebrations since their move to London nearly forty years ago. The Rt. Hon. Sadiq Khan also recognised the contribution the Hinduja family and wider Asian community has made to London life.
Amongst other notable guests were Minister of State at the Foreign Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad, Lord Bates, the Minister of State at the Department for International Development, Lord Archer of Weston Super Mare, the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, as well as Lord Gadhia and Baroness Lynda Chalker, Dr Rami Ranger CBE, Co Chairman of the Conservative Friends of India, BBC presenter, Zeinab Badawi, Mr CB Patel, Chief Editor of Asian Voice, Mr Rajan, Minister Coordination at the High Commission of India and the High Commissioner of Canada, HE Janice Charette were also present.
All in all, a night of celebration, and remains the talk of London.