By Dr. Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui
Hyderabad, 10th July, 2018: British Deputy High Commissioner to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP) Andrew Fleming joined the British civil service in 1986 and has never looked back since then. After successful stints in Uganda, Ghana and Nigeria, he is making Great Britain proud in Hyderabad. His responsibilities include services pertaining to consular, visa and international services. But Fleming has made a name for himself with his social and cultural activities in a short span of time. He specializes in community cohesion and as such he is a regular feature in community events in Telangana and A.P. He fabulously wears many hats at the same time. He hogs the limelight on page 3.
Andrew Fleming visits different places of worship – temples and churches. He also visits Dargahs and promotes peace and harmony. His heritage walks in Hyderabad and his admiration for art and architecture takes him to many places in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Andrew Fleming enjoyed ‘peace and calm’ at Dargah Hazrat Shah Mohammed Hassan (Ra) along with his team of history buffs and Sufi enthusiast Haseeb Jaffery. He termed it as the ‘most beautifully restored dargah.’
Fleming visited many temples too. On one such visit to a temple he was ‘blown away by its beauty.’ He termed his meeting with His Holiness Chinnajeer Swamy as a ‘deeply moving experience.’ He is impressed with the art and architecture of the temples in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. He appreciates the composite and plural culture of these Telugu states, which are at the top ranks of ease of doing business, (not necessarily in order). He has participated in interfaith youth festival’s – ‘Agaaz –e- Baatcheet’ to promote dialogue.
Andrew Fleming is beaming from ear to ear in the company of His Holiness the Chinna Jeer Swamy.
Andrew Fleming is a sport enthusiast with a sportsman spirit. Those who move his company vouch that there is never a dull moment with him. He always wears a smile. He is currently following the FIFA World Cup and cheering his native England team endlessly. He has made special arrangements at his residence to share the enjoyment with others.
Andrew Fleming enjoying those thrilling football moments…
The seasoned diplomat Andrew Fleming holds dear to his heart all the issues connected with women and child welfare. He is a great supporter of girls’ education. He has participated in events in the old city of Hyderabad to encourage girls and appreciate them when they do well at different events. He is making a great contribution in fighting the horror of fake news and rumours along with India’s foremost Warrior taking head on Fake News – Rema Rajeshwari, IPS. He was instrumental in securing funds for a fake news awareness project targeting journalists. The media savvy diplomat gels well with journalists. My fellow journalists concur with me on this count.
Andrew Fleming inaugurated the plumbing works at Government Nizamia Unani General Hospital in March 2018 and discussed future needs of the hospital, bringing much needed relief to poor patients.
The distinguished diplomat Andrew Fleming is a wildlife champion and wages a continuous war against poaching of wild animals. He is a food lover and a sort of Ibn Battuta who loves to travel at the first opportunity. His commitment to ease the sufferings of the under privileged sections of society motivated him to help raise funds for providing infrastructural facilities and the much needed amenities in the government run Nizamia Unani Hospital at Charminar in Hyderabad. The poor patients were greatly moved by his noble gesture.
Andrew Fleming continues to make his phenomenal contribution in not only furthering Indo-British diplomatic and trade ties but also as an envoy of peace, harmony, love, universal brotherhood and all the cherished values that make ourselves civilized and forward looking.