UK PM Rishi Sunak refers to his Punjabi heritage in Gurpurab message

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British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak highlighted his Punjabi Indian heritage in his message on Guru Nanak Jayanti. The 43-year-old leader was born to a Hindu Punjabi family who had emigrated from East Africa. Its ancestral roots are in Ludhiana and its predecessor is Gujranwala in modern day Pakistan.

Rishi Sunak Gurpurab Greetings: Rishi Sunak, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, addresses members of the media.(Bloomberg)

In his address, Rishi Sunak hailed the great contribution of British Sikhs to the UK as a “source of pride and inspiration”.

Rishi Sunak said, “I wish all Sikhs in the UK, India and the world a very happy Gurpurab.”

“Today we celebrate the 554th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh religion. As a person of Punjabi Indian heritage, this day is especially dear to me. This auspicious occasion is an opportunity to once again recognize the great contribution of the Sikh community to our country. You are the pride and inspiration of us all. Wahguru Ji Ki Khalsa, Wahguru Ji Ki Fateh,” said the UK Prime Minister.

Rishi Sunak, Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian heritage, has often spoken about his family roots.

“Sixty years after my Naniji boarded a plane in East Africa, on a clear sunny evening in October, her grandchildren, my children played in the street outside our house, painted rangoli on the door, lit sparklers and diyas. He enjoyed Diwali like any other family. Except the street was Downing Street and the door was door number 11,” Rishi Sunak said earlier.

On Diwali, Raishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy got a special welcome as Downing Street was brightly decorated for the festival of lights.

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