PM Sunak’s “Jai Shri Ram” on Aug 15 would have choked Lord Curzon, says UK envoy.

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently participated in the ‘Ram Katha’ recitation led by spiritual leader Morari Bapu, which took place at Cambridge University on August 15th. This event coincided with India’s Independence Day.

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During the NDTV G20 Conclave held in New Delhi, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis highlighted the remarkable position India holds in the global arena. He attributed this to India’s successful execution of the G20 presidency and to a significant moment when UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, staying at 10 Downing Street, proclaimed ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on India’s Independence Day.

In his speech, Ellis emphasized that India stands out in all three major visa categories in the UK—students, visitors, and skilled workers. He posed a rhetorical question, asking if anyone could have imagined that one day a person residing at 10 Downing Street would utter the words ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on the 15th of August.

Ellis further commented on historical context, stating that Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India during the time of the Bengal Partition in 1905, would have been taken aback by such a sentiment. The Bengal Partition was viewed as an attempt to sow discord along religious and ethnic lines through a policy of “divide and rule.”

At the ‘Ram Katha’ event, Prime Minister Sunak began his address with the chant “Jai Siya Ram” and expressed his honor in being present at Morari Bapu’s recitation on India’s Independence Day. He introduced his speech by addressing Bapu and acknowledging his presence as not just a Prime Minister, but as a Hindu individual.

Sunak delved into the personal significance of faith in his life, describing how it guides him in every facet of his existence. He admitted that serving as Prime Minister is both an honor and a challenging responsibility, involving tough decisions and difficult choices. Sunak credited his faith for providing him the courage, strength, and resilience necessary to make the best decisions for his country.

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