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‘A Diwali gift’: Indians celebrate Rishi Sunak’s rise to UK PM | Politics News


Many Indians rejoice at the prospect Rishi Sunak became the first person of Indian origin to become a British prime minister, as well as Hindus around the world to celebrate Diwali.

Sunak will take the top job after his rivals Boris Johnson and Penny Mordaunt pull out of the race to replace Liz Truss as Conservative Party leader.

Truss quit after a month and a half when her support disappeared. Sunak is poised to officially take office as prime minister on Tuesday.

By Sunak His expected rise to the position of prime minister has appeared on the front pages of most Indian newspapers – along with the Indian cricket team’s victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in a T20 World Cup match at the end of Sunday.

Some Indians say on social media that Sunak becoming prime minister this year will be extra special as India recently celebrated 75 years of independence from British colonial rule.

“Here [Diwali] very special to India’s great cricket win and most likely, Rishi Sunak, a native of India, a Hindu and son-in-law of our own Narayana Murthy, becomes the prime minister of the Kingdom of India. Great Britain,” D Muthukrishnan, resident of Chennai Written on Twitter, referring to the founder of Indian software giant Infosys Ltd.

“Rishi Sunak has sworn as a congressman about [Hindu holy book] Bhagavad Gita. If he repeats the same thing when he is sworn in as prime minister, it is a day for India, as it is in the 75th year of our independence from Great Britain. “

Sunak, the former prime minister of the Exchequer, is a practicing Hindu and known for hosting the festival of lights. He was also photographed lighting candles outside 11 Downing Street to mark the event.

Indians are often extremely proud when people originating from the country of 1.4 billion people do well abroad, including figures like US Vice President Kamala Harris, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

Some Indians are hoping for closer Anglo-Indian ties if Sunak becomes prime minister.

“@RishiSunak becoming UK Prime Minister would be a great Diwali gift to the UK and reason to celebrate in India,” said former Indian diplomat Rajiv Dogra Written on Twitter.

The Sunak family emigrated in the 1960s to Britain, which ruled India for about 200 years before the South Asian nation gained independence in 1947 after a long struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi.

Some British Indians who supported the Conservative Party also celebrated his rise.

“Rishi is a united force,” Nayaz Qazi, a spokesman for Friends of the Indian Conservative Party, told Al Jazeera. “He is an excellent professional. He’s definitely someone’s man. He will be the driving force for the party as well as contribute to the country.”

“Rishi is going to put together a great, dynamic, strong team and that team will overcome challenges and obstacles that are not unique to the UK,” he said. “He will give priority to providing the British people.”

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Ravi Kumar, a Conservative from Nottingham, called Sunak winning the Conservative Party leadership a “first moment”.

“I grew up in the 80s and 90s, and I can’t even imagine a non-white prime minister in my lifetime,” he said. “I’ve always considered it a white country, and we came as children of immigrants… so to see a British Indian leader was phenomenal. .”

Sunder Katwala, director of the British Future think tank, also said it was a historic moment, showing the changes in British political and public life in recent decades.

It is a new normal at the forefront of British politics and is partly due to the chaos of politics at the moment.

“We have a third female prime minister, followed by the first Asian prime minister. … Rishi Sunak was actually the fifth Asian-British cabinet minister in history, and it wasn’t until 2010.”

Revelations that Sunak’s wife, Akshata Murthy, an Indian citizen, has not paid UK taxes on her foreign income through “non-resident” status – which is for non-British foreign nationals is their permanent home – leaving Sunak vulnerable to running against Truss in the summer.

Murthy, who owns a 0.9% stake in Infosys, later said she would start paying UK taxes on her global earnings.

His family’s wealth proved a divisive issue for some.

“Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister is not a victory for Asian representation,” opposition Labor lawmaker Nadia Whittome, who is also of Indian origin, wrote on Twitter.

“He’s a millionaire who, as prime minister, cuts taxes on bank profits while overseeing the steepest drop in living standards since 1956. Black, white or Asian: if you working for a living, he’s not on your side.”

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