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Not Only Rishi Sunak- The New PM Of The UK, These 6 are Also Indian-Origin World Leaders

Apart from Rishi Sunak, here are 6 major Indian-origin world leaders


Rishi Sunak scripts history, and becomes 1st Prime Minister of the colour of Britain. He is also the first Indian-origin PM to hold the command of such a powerful nation.

Here is all you want to know about the newly elected British Prime Minister.

Rishi Sunak served as Chancellor of the Exchequer in the UK government for over two years. Before resigning due to Johnson’s approach being ‘Fundamentally too different’, Sunak has been in the limelight for both good reasons and bad.

Who is Rishi Sunak?

Born into an Indian family in Southampton and educated at Stanford and Oxford, Rishi Sunak has been an MP since 2015. He first served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Sunak was very popular with the British public for most of his tenure. Therefore, he was an easy choice for Johnson’s successor.

However, by early 2022, his charm began to wane after his policies failed to resolve the cost-of-living crisis despite ambitious promises.

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The Akshata Murthy Controversy

Sunak’s rating took a further beating when in April 2022, it was revealed that his wife Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Infosys founder Narayana Murthy held a non-domicile status in the UK. This allows her to evade tax on foreign earnings. This did not reflect well on the finance minister.

Major Indian-origin world leaders

Despite all the criticism, Rishi finally made it to the PM’s post.

However, From the United States to Portugal, Indian-origin politicians are currently serving in crucial portfolios in countries all around the world.

Here are 6 major Indian-origin world leaders:

Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris is currently serving as the Vice President of the United States of America in the Joe Biden-led government. The politician who belongs to the Democratic Party became the first female vice president in the history of the country. Previously, Kamala Harris, who has roots in Tamil Nadu, served as California’s attorney general from 2011 to 2017.

Pravind Jugnauth

Pravind Kumar Jugnauth was elected the prime minister of Mauritius after holding several significant positions in the cabinet. The politician was born into an Indian family in La Caverne.

Antonio Costa

Antonio Costa is the current prime minister of Portugal and is serving his third tenure after winning in 2022. The politician is half Portuguese and half Goan.

Prithvirajsing Roopun:

Prithvirajsing Roopun GCSK, also known as Pradeep Singh Roopun, is a Mauritian politician who has been the country’s seventh president since 2019.

Roopun was born into an Indian Arya Samaji Hindu family.

Mohamed Irfaan Ali:

On August 2, 2020, Mohamed Irfaan Ali was sworn in as Guyana’s ninth executive President. He was born in Leonora, West Coast Demarara, into a Muslim Indo-Guyanese family.

Ali is Guyana’s first Muslim president and America’s second Muslim head of state after Noor Hassanali.

Chan Santokhi:

Chandrikapersad “Chan” Santokhi is a Surinamese politician and former police officer who has served as the country’s ninth president since 2020. Santokhi was Suriname’s sole presidential candidate after winning the 2020 elections. Santokhi was elected president by acclamation on July 13, in an uncontested election.

He was born in 1959 in Lelydorp, Suriname, to an Indo-Surinamese Hindu family.

The effect of these Indian-origin world leaders may not come to us directly, but in future, they’ll be a major support for making foreign policies.

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