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    How British Indians are leading Boris Johnson's new cabinet

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    Rishi Sunak's cabinet colleague Patel, 47, a prominent Brexit campaigner, was also home secretary in the first Johnson government. She has, in fact, had a dramatic bounce back in her political career after being sacked in 2017 by then PM Theresa May as international development secretary.

    Three Indian-origin MPs are in Boris Johnson's government.
    The surprise elevation of Rishi Sunak as the Chancellor of the UK Exchequer and Priti Patel already the home secretary, persons of Indian origin now hold two top posts in the new Boris Johnson cabinet in post-Brexit Britain. Sunak, 39, an MP from Richmond and the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy, became the finance minister after the resignation of Sajid Javid, whose parents were from Pakistan.

    His cabinet colleague Patel, 47, a prominent Brexit campaigner, was also home secretary in the first Johnson government. She has, in fact, had a dramatic bounce back in her political career after being sacked in 2017 by then PM Theresa May as international development secretary.

    Along with Sunak, Alok Sharma, 52, the Agra-born MP from Reading, was appointed secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy and minister for COP26 (26th session of the Conference of the Parties on climate change).

    Commenting on the cabinet reshuffle, Karan Bilimoria, founder of UK-India Business Council and vice-president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), said: “I had the pleasure of working with Narayana Murthy as co-chair of the Indo-British Partnership, and it is marvellous to think nearly 20 years later I’ll get to work with his son-in-law, Rishi Sunak, in my role as CBI vice-president. He is a highly talented individual who shares the same pro-enterprise instincts as his predecessor Sajid Javid.”

    The British Indian entrepreneur also echoed the excitement of UK’s Indian community and said that with Sharma’s appointment as business secretary, and Patel remaining in her role as home secretary, there are now three Cabinet ministers of Indian origin. “I’m sure all will prove huge assets not only to the government but also for the economy and UKIndia relations,” said Bilimoria.

    UK’s business and industry have also welcomed the elevation of Sunak, a former Goldman Sachs banker. “He has a real grasp of the issues we are facing. His experience will help him retain the good relations the financial sector has enjoyed with the treasury. This relationship will continue to be vital as we navigate the waters ahead,” said Catherine McGuinness, corporation policy chair, City of London.
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    2 Comments on this Story

    Aniruddha Bhide346 days ago
    talent bahar jaata hai aur kachra hamare hisse aata hai....
    Valerian Pereira346 days ago
    Top CEO s in the USA, Top politicians in UK.
    God bless us.
    Important is Upbringing: Love and respect Elders: teachers.
    Spirituality...
    Being Humble and Simple...
    Ex: That of Dr. Kalam an institution..
    Family support..
    Indians can go places.
    Many Congratulations..
    We are proud Indians.
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