According to US President Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak becoming the UK’s first British Asian prime minister “matters” and is “pretty astounding.”
Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister
Joe Biden termed Rishi Sunak’s appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom “pretty astounding.”
The election of Indian-origin Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is “pretty astounding” and a “ground-breaking milestone,” stated US President Joe Biden.
The president said at the White House Diwali celebration on Monday that the festival of lights is a reminder that each of us has the power to get rid of darkness and bring light to the world.
“It’s a choice. And we make that choice every day. It’s true in our lives and the life of this nation, especially in a democracy, be it here in America or for the families back in India marking 75 years of independence,” he said.
“And whether it’s the United Kingdom, where just today we got the news that Rishi Sunak is now the Prime Minister,” Biden said to a standing ovation from the select guests, who included the who’s who of Indian Americans and members of his administration.
Sunak, Kamala, a community’s milestone achievements
“As my brother would say, “Go figure!” And the Conservative Party! (Sunak) He is expected to become prime minister when he sees the king. That’s pretty amazing. A watershed moment. And it matters. It is significant, “Biden spoke about the accomplishments of the immigrant Indian community.
In 2020, Biden made history when he chose Kamala Harris, an Indian immigrant, as his running mate. Harris is now the US Vice President and, after Trump, the second most powerful person in the country; she is the first person with Indian roots to occupy the position.
Biden said he wanted to thank the Asian American community for its contributions and that his administration had more Asian Americans than ever. “It’s easy to understand. Thank you, thank you, thank you, and thank you. “What the president said was.
He thanked Indian Americans for making Diwali a part of American culture, saying, “We see it across the country: opening homes and hearts, exchanging gifts and sweets, hosting feasts for family and friends, putting on cultural activities that bring us all together… you contribute to every part of American life.” “Thank you for showing who we are as a nation,” the president said.
In an earlier statement, Biden wished a happy Diwali to the more than a billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists celebrating the festival of lights in the United States, India, and all over the world.
Most diverse administration in history
“As we host the official White House Diwali reception, we are honored to light the Diya with members of the most diverse administration in American history, led by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black American and South Asian American to become vice president,” he said.
He praised the optimistic, brave, and caring members of the South Asian community in the United States. He said that they show “the soul of who we are as a nation,” whether they are helping us get through this pandemic stronger, building an economy that works for everyone, or serving and protecting their communities and the country.
He did warn, though, that darkness was “always lurking.” Yet, “American history has always been a tussle between the idea that everyone is equal and the harsh reality that we have never fully lived up to that idea. Diwali reminds us that we can all bring light to the world, whether we live in America or somewhere else, by celebrating the victory of light over darkness. “He said that.
“May everyone who celebrates Diwali enjoy the opportunity to celebrate and connect through prayers, dances, fireworks, and sweets, to feel the pride of the community, and to remember the power of the gathering of light,” Biden said.