LONDON: A 32-year-old Indian-origin adviser was the main writer of UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent hard-hitting anti-extremism speech that was described as his most significant speech on terrorism.
Ameet Gill, born in Britain to Indian parents, was recently promoted to Director of Strategy by Cameron and was reportedly the main writer of the speech in which Cameron described the fight against terrorism as the “struggle of our generation”.
Gill, who grew up in Oxford, has been a long-serving adviser to Cameron and started working for him in 2006.
A history graduate from Oxford University, Gill is well known for his aversion to the limelight, refusing any media interviews.
According to the reports, most of Cameron’s speech was an expression of Gill’s thoughts.
“Extremists do not represent Islam. But, because the Islamists self-identify as Muslims, we need to challenge them. And that needs help from Muslim communities, and from Muslim scholars who can say they are wrong,” Cameron had said in what was described as his most significant speech on the subject of terrorism.
“It is right to say these people have nothing to do with the true nature of Islam. But that, on its own, is not enough. We need to go further,” Cameron said in his speech in Birmingham last week.