ICYMI: Indian Origin New Zealand MP wins hearts by taking oath in Sanskrit

In a moment of pride for India, Dr Gaurav Sharma, one of the youngest and newly-elected MPs in New Zealand, on Wednesday took oath in Sanskrit in the country’s Parliament.

 It was informed by the India’s High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, Muktesh Pardeshi that Dr Sharma took oath first in “New Zealand’s indigenous Maori language, followed by India’s classical language – Sanskrit, showing deep respect for cultural traditions of both India and New Zealand.”

Dr. Sharma also clarified on his twitter, that he didn’t take his oath in Hindi as he wanted to pay homage to all the Indian languages and didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling by doing it in Hindi.

Dr.Sharma, 33, hails from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur, was recently elected as the Member of Parliament from the Labour Party for Hamilton West in New Zealand. Sharma, who did his MBBS from Auckland and MBA from Washington, is working as a General Practitioner (GP) in Nawton, Hamilton.

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