Being born in India is like winning lottery: UK envoy

"Being born in India in the 21st century is like winning lottery of history."

This is how British High Commissioner James Bevan explained the immense potential for growth in diverse sectors in India as well as its growing stature in the world on Thursday.

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Delivering a talk at the Jamia Millia Islamia here, Bevan listed India's economic advantage, education system, cultural plurality and said the country is filled with "reasons to be cheerful and optimistic".

"If you want to do something really big, India has the money, the people and the resources to do it. India's youthful population is a huge economic advantage, provided its millions of young people can be given the right education and good jobs," he said.

He was delivering a talk on "Reasons to be Cheerful: Why Now is the Best Time to be Young".

"So you can be optimistic because you live at the beginning of the 21st Century. You won the lottery of history. And I would argue that as young Indians today, you have also won the lottery of geography. Why? Because India possesses advantages many other countries don't," the UK envoy said.

Bevan said in Indian context "unity in diversity" is not just a slogan but a fact which "I see every day in my travels, and a huge unseen force for creativity and prosperity."

On the visa issue, Bevan clarified that there are no limitations to British visa for Indians if they meet the basic qualifications.

"We have not limited the visa provided you meet the basic qualifications. At the moment we have sufficient skilled labour in our country and by allowing more skilled workers we don't want to deprive or risk them of job opportunity," he said during interaction with students of the university.

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