New Zealand Member of Parliament Dr Gaurav Sharma has created history by becoming the second leader of Indian origin to take oath in Sanskrit language on foreign land.
Sharma, who lost the elections in 2017, defeated National Party’s Tim Macindoe this year.
The 31-year-old, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, was recently elected from the Labour Party in New Zealand.
He said he speaks multiple Indian dialects and wanted to choose a language that would represent a wide range of current languages spoken in India.
The young leader did his MBBS from Auckland and MBA from Washington, and is working as a General Practitioner in Nawton.
He was previously been involved in public health, policy, medicine and consulting in New Zealand, Spain, the US, Nepal, Vietnam, Mongolia, Switzerland and India.
Replying to a Twitter user who asked why he didn’t take the oath in Hindi, Sharma said it is hard to keep everyone happy so he decided Sanskrit as it pays homage to all Indian languages.
He added he learnt Sanskrit during his primary and middle school in India.
The development comes months after the newly-elected President of Suriname, Chandrikapersad Santokhi, took the oath of office in Sanskrit while holding the Vedas in his hand.
He had also repeated the Sanskrit verses chanted by the priest during the ceremony.
Earlier this month, Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her executive.