On the colorful Instagram account of Keshav Suri (33), descendant of a wealthy Indian hoteliers family, an atypical photo appeared in black and white at the end of June. Suri and his beloved Cyril Feuillebois (38) are standing there, the latter smiling while Suri gives him a kiss on the cheek. Below: " Happy pride everyone " and a rainbow icon.
The photo was taken in the town hall in the 1st district of Paris, the hometown of Feuillebois. Only after the two have given each other their yes-word. Two weeks later Suri is in another room, in his hometown New Delhi, where the Supreme Court of India is looking at a very different kind of law . Should sex between two men or two women remain punishable, as Indian law now prescribes, or not?
The verdict expected in the course of this month can unleash a revolution in the still conservative India. For Suri, who, together with his mother and three sisters, heads Bharat Hotels Limited, of the luxury chain LaLiT hotels in India and London (turnover converted last year 72.5 million euros, 3,500 employees), that is exactly why he is one of the people who has requested the court to delete the law . "This is just the beginning."
Headquartered in New Delhi, the company opened its first hotel here in 1988 under the dynamic leadership of Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri, who spearheaded the Group’s unprecedented expansion plans.
Rapid expansion and consolidation of its leadership position continues under the enterprising stewardship of Dr. Jyotsna Suri, who took over as Chairperson & Managing Director in 2006.
All hotels within the group operated under the brand The Grand – Hotels, Palaces & Resorts. It was re-branded as ‘The LaLiT’ on November 19, 2008 as a tribute to the company’s Founder Chairman Mr. Lalit Suri.
The company offers twelve luxury Hotels, Places & Resorts and two mid market segment hotels under The LaLiT Traveller brand offering 2261 rooms.