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UK PM Rishi Sunak Celebrates Guru Nanak Jayanti, Honors Punjabi Heritage

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in a heartfelt message on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, emphasized his Punjabi Indian heritage and acknowledged the significant contributions of British Sikhs to the United Kingdom. Born to a Hindu Punjabi family with roots in Ludhiana and pre-Partition Gujranwala, Sunak’s Gurpurab message expressed admiration for the Sikh community’s achievements and marked the 554th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth.

In extending his Gurpurab wishes, Rishi Sunak acknowledged the joyous occasion of celebrating Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s birth and recognized its special significance for him as an individual of Punjabi Indian heritage. He conveyed his appreciation for the Sikh community’s immense contribution to the UK, expressing pride and inspiration. The UK Prime Minister concluded his message with the traditional Sikh greeting, “Waheguru Ji Ki Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.”

Rishi Sunak, who holds the distinction of being Britain’s first prime minister of Indian heritage, has consistently expressed pride in his familial roots. Reflecting on his Naniji’s journey from East Africa to the UK, Sunak highlighted the cultural celebrations within Downing Street during Diwali. He shared the vibrant atmosphere as his children engaged in traditional festivities, underscoring the cultural diversity within the UK’s political heart.

On Diwali, Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty hosted a special reception at Downing Street, illuminating the official residence to celebrate the festival of lights. The festive occasion showcased Sunak’s commitment to recognizing and embracing the cultural richness of the Indian diaspora in the UK.

Rishi Sunak’s Gurpurab message serves as a poignant acknowledgment of his Punjabi heritage and a tribute to the Sikh community’s valuable contributions. As Britain’s leader with Indian roots, Sunak continues to celebrate and honor the diversity that enriches the country’s cultural landscape.

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