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Oath on Bhagwad Gita to 1st Indian-origin PM of UK: Rishi Sunak’s many firsts

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Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister of Britain (AP)

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The first Indian-born British Prime Minister has many accolades to his name. By beating Penny Mordaunt, Rishi Sunak landed the top job to run the country, which he lost to Liz Truss just six weeks ago.

The win is the vindication of Sunak, who warned last campaign that Truss’ economic tax-cutting plans were reckless and would cause havoc. And they did.

Truss resigned last week after his tax cut package spooked financial markets, hammered the value of the pound and shattered his authority.

Let’s take a look at the many feathers in Sunak’s cap

First Indian-born British Prime Minister

Sunak was born in 1980 in Southampton on the south coast of England to parents of Indian descent. He grew up in a middle-class family, his father a family doctor and his mother a pharmacist, and says he inherited their hard work ethic.

“I grew up working in the store, delivering medicine,” he said during the campaign. “I worked as a waiter at the Indian restaurant down the street.”

He described how his parents saved up to send him to Winchester College, one of Britain’s most expensive and exclusive boarding schools.

Prime minister’s cabinet to be sworn in on the Bhagwad Gita

Rishi Sunak, when he was appointed Britain’s finance minister, did not hesitate to embrace his heritage by taking an oath by placing his hands on the Bhagavad Gita. “I am now a citizen of Great Britain. But my religion is Hindu. My religious and cultural heritage is Indian. I proudly say that I am Hindu and my identity is also Hindu,” Sunak said.

First person of color to rule the UK

In one of the most notable political comebacks in British politics, Rishi Sunak became the first non-white British leader to hold the top job. He is also Britain’s first Hindu Prime Minister.

Britain’s youngest PM

At 42, he will also be the youngest prime minister in over 200 years, a political prodigy whose youthful looks, sharp suits and gentle, confident manner have seen him dubbed “Dishy Rishi” by the British media.

William Pitt ‘The Younger’ had been Britain’s youngest Prime Minister at the age of 24.

The richest MP will become Prime Minister of Great Britain

This year, the Sunday Times Rich List valued the joint fortune of Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty at £730million and ranked them 222nd on the list of the 250 richest people in the UK. Sunak is said to be the wealthiest man in the House of Commons, while reports claim his wife Akshata is wealthier than Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II with assets worth £430million.

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