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  • 13 Aug 2018, NRC.NL

I am not an activist, but through and through a capitalist

'I am not an activist, but through and through a capitalist'

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."

About The LaLiT Hotels

The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group, an enterprise of Bharat Hotels Limited is India’s largest and the fastest growing privately owned Hotel Company. The company offers Seventeen luxury hotels, with 3600 rooms in the five-star deluxe segment with eleven operational hotels and six under development/restoration (including three overseas). The operational hotels include The Lalit New Delhi, The Lalit Mumbai, The Lalit Grand Palace Srinagar, The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort Goa, The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, The Lalit Laxmi Vilas Palace Udaipur, The Lalit Temple View Khajuraho, The Lalit Resort & Spa Bekal (Kerala), The Lalit Jaipur, The Lalit Chandigarh & The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata. The Group has also forayed into mid-segment hotels under the brand – ‘The Lalit Traveller’. The first two hotels under this brand opened in Jaipur and Khajuraho with 25 more hotels planned in the next five years.

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