‘Making history’: Indian-origin MP in New Zealand takes oath in Sanskrit, video is now viral

A video of Indian-origin Dr Gaurav Sharma, a newly elected Member of Parliament in New Zealand, taking oath in two languages – Te Reo Māori and nearly 3,500 years old Sanskrit went viral. Netizens are hailing as “making history” and crediting Sharma for making them “feel proud of being Indian”.

Sharma, 33, originally hails from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur and won the election in the Kiwi nation as the candidate for Labour Party from hamilton West. Also Read: 29-year-old doctor quits job to serve a neglected village in Himachal 

The video of the ceremony was shared on the MP’s Facebook page. “Today I took my Affirmation of Allegiance to the Crown in Te Reo Māori, to acknowledge Tangata Whenua, and in Sanskrit, to acknowledge my Indian heritage. I have tried to learn Te Reo in the past through Unitec and learnt Sanskrit when I was in primary and middle school in India,” Sharma wrote in the caption.

He further added, “I am deeply honoured to be part of the 53rd New Zealand Parliament and look forward to serving fellow Hamiltonians as well as New Zealand over the next three years.”

Since being shared a few hours ago, the video has received nearly 4,000 views and the MP’s gesture getting praised by netizens.

Earlier this year, PTI reports, Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister. Born in India, Radhakrishnan, 41, was born in India and went to school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to further her education.


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