There is no better example than Rishi Sunak, who is not only a British Indian elected as the British Prime Minister but also he is a fine example of someone embracing our Rich Indian heritage, and success in the British land.
Having worked in highly esteemed companies, helping his mom in her pharmacy, to doing Gau puja with equal Élan, he exhibits that success can be experienced as you slowly but surely chisel your own meticulous craftsmanship.
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and the newspapers are flooded with the news like:
His ancestral homeland celebrates his achievement — 75 years after Indians cast off British colonial rule.
“Indian son rises over an empire,” read a chyron on the leading English-language NDTV channel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi alluded to those “historic ties” in a tweet congratulating Sunak. “Special Diwali wishes to the ‘living bridge’ of UK Indians, as we transform our historic ties into a modern partnership,” Modi wrote.
However, coming from Punjabi heritage, he also takes on the more esteemed title of the nation’s first British Asian leader.
Diversity debate rages as Sunak, a British Indian, becomes UK PM
His parents were Indian immigrants who grew up in Southampton. He is now the Conservative Party’s leader in the House of Representatives.
He takes over from Liz Truss, who broke record as the youngest leader in history.
The British politician stayed in office for 44 days and failed to exceed one head of lettuce, a British newspaper live-streamed on the web in an effort to determine which lettuce will last the longest.
Rishi Sunak’s Brief past
Sunak was born in the city with longest name of Southampton, England in 1980. His father, Yashvir, was a family doctor originally from Kenya and his mother, Usha, was a pharmacist originally from Tanzania. They moved to the UK before Sunak was born. Sunak’s grandparents on both sides were migrants from India who had settled in East Africa.
He was born in England to Indian parents, and he often spoke of feeling divided between his Hindu heritage and cheering for the local soccer team as a child.
Rishi Sunak: A practicing Hindu
Sunak embraces his Hindu religion and took his oath of office as finance minister in 2020 by placing his hands on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Hindu text.
He said that lighting Diwali oil lamps outside 11 Downing Street in November 2020 was one of the “proudest moments” of his life.
In his own words, he says and I quote:
“I am now a citizen of Britain. But my religion is Hindu. My religious and cultural heritage is Indian. I proudly say that I am a Hindu and my identity is also a Hindu,” Sunak said in 2017, when former prime minister, Theresa May, made him a minister in her cabinet.
In August 2022, when Sunak was considered a likely candidate to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister, he was spotted performing a “gau pooja” (cow worship) in London.
Rishi Sunak: UK’s new PM embraces India connection
Sunak, Hindu British PM, will probably have the support of the Indian diaspora. With 1.5 million people in Great Britain making up one of its largest ethnic minorities, this is a significant population backing him.
Indeed, it is about living your dreams.
The Sunaks’ personal family history could be read as a testament to the British dream: the idea that the UK is a land of opportunity where, no matter where you come from, if you work hard, and you have focus: you can make it right to the top.
British raj | Imperialism, Impact, History & Facts
British Raj, the period of direct British occupation of the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. The Raj was succeeded by the British East India Company in managing subcontinental territory when general distrust and dissatisfaction resulting in a massive rebellion in 1857 caused the British to consider a different way of governance. British authorities took over ownership and ruled directly.
The postwar years
On Armistice Day 1918 over a million Indian soldiers had been sent abroad in support of the Allied front against all of the major battlefronts, including Gallipoli in Europe and Turkey.
Almost 155,000 Indians were killed at Indian battlefields during the war.
India provided material and financial assistance to the war effort that included shipping large amounts of ammunition and supplies and supplying nearly five million tonnes of wheat in British waters, while the raw jute, cotton goods, rough tan, and tungsten materials were also supplied by India.
The journey of the British Indian community
Since then, they have made significant contributions to British society, culture, and politics.
Today, there are an estimated 1.4 million British Indians – making them one of the largest minority groups in the country.
They come from a variety of backgrounds and regions, each with its own unique customs and traditions.
Despite their diversity, people of Indian Origin background are united by a common identity and shared set of values.
This was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic when members of the community came together to support one another during these challenging times.
Looking to the future, it is clear that the people of Indian Origin community will continue to play a vital role in shaping Britain for generations to come.
The current state of UK-India relations
There are also strong economic ties between the two countries, and cooperation on a number of issues, such as climate change and trade relations.
Indians in the United Kingdom
This number increased to 15 Indian-origin MPs in the new UK Parliament in 2017 and since then there is no looking back.
The Indian Diaspora in UK is one of the largest ethnic minority communities in the country, with the 2011 census recording approximately 1.5 million people of Indian origin in the UK equating to almost 1.8 percent of the population and contributing 6% of the country’s GDP.
- The UK is among India’s major trading partners and during the year 2016-17, the UK ranked 15th in the list of India’s top 25 trading partners
- As per trade statistics of MoC&I, India’s trade with the UK in 2017-2018 was US $14.497 billion
India-UK Relations – Investment
- UK is the 4th largest inward investor in India, after Mauritius, Singapore, and Japan with a cumulative equity investment of US $26.09 billion (April 2000-June 2018)
- It accounts for about 7% of all foreign direct investment in India
- As per the data released in 2018, India was the third-largest investor in the UK and emerged as the second-largest international job creator with Indian companies having created over 110,000 jobs in the UK
- As of December 2018, the total consolidated revenue of Indian companies in the UK is £47.5 billion with the technical and telecom sector accounting for 31% with the pharmaceuticals and chemicals sector mapping 24% of the India-tracker
[stats courtesy: byjus.com]
Rishi Sunak’s plan includes Backing Local Businesses
- Small and medium-size businesses are the lifeblood of people of Indian Origin background. Most of us are employed in small enterprises, rather than large multinationals. Small companies are also an important part of our local communities.
Through visiting farms and auction marts and speaking with dozens of farmers, he has spoken on several occasions about understanding the issues facing the farming community today.
How have people of Indian Origin contributed to society and the economy?
British Indians have made significant contributions to the United Kingdom in a number of different ways. For starters, they have helped to boost the economy through their entrepreneurial spirit and hard work.
As a result, people of Indian Origin have made a valuable contribution to both the economy and society of the United Kingdom.
What challenges do people of Indian Origin face today?
British Indians today face a number of challenges, both in terms of their identity and in terms of their place in society. On the one hand, they are often seen as being too Indian to be truly British, and on the other hand, they are often seen as not Indian enough. This can lead to a sense of not belonging to either culture and to a feeling of isolation and exclusion. This can make it difficult to feel comfortable in their own skin and to achieve their full potential.
What is the future for people of Indian Origin in Britain?
The future for people of Indian Origin background in Britain looks very bright.
In the past, many British Indians have faced discrimination and racism, but thanks to the hard work of campaigners and activists, this is gradually changing.
More and more British Indians are being elected to parliament and holding senior positions in government, business and industry. This is giving people of Indian Origin background, a strong voice in shaping the future of Britain.
Besides, The younger generation of Indian Origin Background and NRIs are also highly educated and ambitious.
Many are now choosing to start their own businesses apart from going the traditional route of careers in the sciences, engineering and medicine.
Rishi Sunak’s rise to the most prestigious position in Great Britain as the Hindu British PM is the best proof of rising above the discriminations and mediocrities.
He is an inspiration to all people of Indian origin to thrive wherever they are.
As we draw the conclusion: The people of Indian Origin background community has come a long way and made great contributions to society and the economy, but there are still challenges that need to be addressed.
We hope that through continued dialogue and cooperation, both sides can work together to overcome these challenges and build an even stronger relationship.
and I leave you with this quote:
‘Move beyond the past to create something which is exquisite for the world.’
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