Theme of the Week: ACHIEVEMENT

Achievement is the measure of diligence, perseverance, focus and the desire to excel. British Indians rank among the highest achievers globally and across industry. As someone once said,
“High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation.” 

Over the course of the weeks leading up to the general election, Election Masala will be posting excerpts from interviews that we have recently conducted with members of the British Indian community. Every week is headed by a particular theme: this week’s theme is achievement. 

Karishma's black and white photoKARISHMA VORA PAREKH is a dual qualified barrister in India and England – no mean feat, that! Having practiced litigation in India for about 6 years, she moved to London in 2009. Breaking into the commercial Bar in England was one of the most trying tasks she recalls having undertaken. Her alma mater is the London School of Economics, and she has taught commercial law at the LSE summer school. Presently, she is the only Indian elected to the Gray’s Inn Barristers Committee for a three year term.

Here is a brief Q ‘n’ A with Karishma:

What according to you is the biggest contribution of the British Indian community in the UK?

That we keep things together; whether it is as a family, or contributing at the workplace.

After the Call to the Bar ceremony, outside The Hall, Gray's InnWhen you think of the word ‘achiever’, who comes to mind and why?

My parents. My father set up an industry manufacturing engineering files and won a collaboration with the oldest file factory in the world, in Germany, breaking the Indian cartel prevalent at the time.

My mother is India’s leading audiologist and is immensely trusted by her patients who include cabinet ministers and top industrialists. Both have excelled without losing the curiosity to learn more.

As a British Indian, what personal values do you associate with the Conservative party?

The theory of ‘Karma’. Valuing hard work and rewarding those in work rather than those out of work echoes the karmic philosophy, which resonates with Indian values.

What has been your proudest British Indian moment?

I have two: the appointment of Sir Rabinder Singh QC as the first Sikh judge of the High Court of England and Wales, and singing the Indian national anthem at Middle Temple Hall to commemorate Sardar Vallabhai Patel’s 100 years of call to the bar.

If you can wish for one thing, what would it be?

A balance. A balance between work and family life, between Indian and western values, between knowing and learning and between satisfaction and curiosity.


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