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Rishi Sunak highlights Punjabi heritage in message, Trudeau extends best wishes

In a greeting message from 10 Downing Street on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak mentioned his Punjabi Indian origins, news agency PTI reported. The 43-year-old politician was born in the United Kingdom to a Hindu Punjabi family who immigrated from East Africa, with ancestors from Ludhiana and Gujranwala in pre-partition modern-day Pakistan. In his greeting, he also praised British Sikhs as a “source of pride and inspiration” for Britain.

“It gives me immense pleasure to wish Sikhs in the UK, India and around the world a very Happy Gurpurab,” PTI quoted Sunak as saying in its report.

“Today we are celebrating the 554th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism. As a person of Punjabi Indian heritage, this day is especially dear to me,” he said.

“This joyous occasion is an opportunity to once again recognize the immense contribution of the Sikh community to our country. You are a source of pride and inspiration for all of us. Waheguru ji ki Khalsa, Waheguru ji ki Fateh,” he said.

Sunak, Britain’s first Prime Minister of Indian origin, has often spoken about his ancestors from the Indian subcontinent. His father, general practitioner Yashvir, was born in Kenya and his chemist mother was born in Tanzania, before their families immigrated to Britain.

“Sixty years after my grandmother boarded the plane to East Africa, on a warm, sunny October evening, her great-granddaughters, my children, played in the street outside our house, drawing rangoli on the door, lighting sparklers and lamps ; Like many other families, I too had a lot of fun on Diwali. Except that the street was Downing Street, and the door was door No. 11,” Sunak said, referring to becoming the first Indian-born Chancellor of the United Kingdom at No. 11 Downing Street in 2020.

Sunak and his Indian wife, Akshata Murthy, recently hosted a special Diwali event, and Downing Street was once again decked out and decorated for the festival of lights – this time at No. 10, the prime minister’s residence-turned-office.

Canadian PM Trudeau greets Sikhs on the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Dev’s birth anniversary, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulated Sikhs in Canada and around the world and said his teachings of equality, as well as the values ​​of unity, selflessness and compassion should serve as an inspiration to all Canadians. can do. Building a better future for all.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I extend our warmest wishes to all those celebrating the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Happy Gurupurab!” PTI has cited the official statement of Prime Minister Trudeau in its report.

Huge crowds gathered at Gurudwaras across the country to celebrate the 554th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder of Sikhism.

“On this important occasion, family and friends will gather to reflect on Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s teachings of equality and the values ​​of unity, selflessness and compassion that he upheld. These important values ​​continue to guide Sikh Canadians today. are, and can serve, an inspiration to all Canadians as we strive to build a better future for all,” he said.

Noting that Canada has one of the largest Sikh communities in the world, he said Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary is a time for all of us to celebrate the tremendous contributions of Sikh Canadians to Canada’s culture, community and economy. Makes the country stronger and more. lively.



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