As Rishi Sunak becomes UK PM, Anand Mahindra recalls a quote from Winston Churchill from 1947.

UK: Anand Mahindra, an industrialist known for his amusing and educational tweets, responded on Monday to the news that Rishi Sunak, an individual of Indian descent, would be the future prime minister of the United Kingdom.

For many Indians, Mr. Sunak’s selection as the new leader is a source of immense pride. Anand Mahindra, though, was reminded of Winston Churchill’s remarks by the news. Mr. Mahindra pointed out on Twitter that Mr. Churchill had disparaged Indian politicians in 1947, just before India gained independence, calling them “men of straw” and individuals of “poor quality.” The industrialist now perceived Mr. Sunak’s rise to prominence as a kind of turning of the tables.


In his writing, Mr. Mahindra cited Winston Churchill’s words: “Winston Churchill allegedly remarked, “…all Indian leaders will be of poor character & men of straw,” in 1947, just before India gained independence. On this day, the 75th anniversary of our Independence, a man of Indian descent is about to be appointed prime minister of the UK. Life is lovely.”

After winning the Conservative Party leadership election on Monday, Rishi Sunak is expected to become the next prime minister of the United Kingdom.

He will take office as Britain’s third prime minister of this year today. King Charles III will pick his first prime minister since assuming the throne at the morning session with the 42-year-old, barely two days after his late mother Queen Elizabeth II named Liz Truss.

Former British Finance Minister Mr. Sunak. With his selection, he would not only become the first prime minister of the UK of Indian ancestry but also the first Hindu to hold the position. One of the richest lawmakers in Westminster, Rishi Sunak has a net worth of more than 700 million pounds.

He would now be expected to implement significant expenditure cutbacks in an effort to restore Britain’s fiscal credibility, just as the nation is being pulled into a recession by the rising cost of food and energy.

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