Nov. 27, 2020, 9:20 a.m.
Wellington (New Zealand): Gaurav Sharma of Indian origin has been elected MP in New Zealand.
He defeated Tim McKindo of the National Party by 4386 votes. Gaurav Sharma is in the news for using Sanskrit during his swearing in at the Parliament of New Zealand. The video of the oath taken in Sanskrit is becoming increasingly viral.
A doctor-turned-politician, Sharma hails from the Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. He has won the election from the Hamilton West constituency as a candidate for the ruling Labor Party.
When a Twitter user asked the reason behind choosing Sanskrit instead of Hindi for swearing, Sharma said that he wanted to use a language that will represent a wide variety of languages being spoken in India today.
“To be honest I did think of that, but then there was the question of doing it in Pahari (my first language) or Punjabi. Hard to keep everyone happy. Sanskrit made sense as it pays homage to all the Indian languages (including the many I can’t speak),” Gaurav Sharma posted on Twitter.
Dr. Sharma is the first member of Indian origin to be sworn in Sanskrit in the Parliament of New Zealand and the second politician in the world to take oath in Sanskrit abroad.
Chandrikaprasad Santokhi, President of Indian origin of the country of Surinam of South America, took an oath in Sanskrit in July with a copy of the Vedas in his hands. Sanskrit trended on Twitter on Wednesday night.