The three Indian stars in UK Cabinet
Boris Johnson is the new prime minister of the United Kingdom but the most interesting fact for Indians is the list of three PIOs (Persons of Indian Origin) in his cabinet. Alok Sharma, Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak have been selected to be part of the UK government. The three Indian-origin ministers have been given key portfolios in what is being seen as the most diverse cabinet in British history.
She is the UK’s Secretary of State for the Home Department. Priti Patel has replaced Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid, who has been appointed as the UK’s first ethnic minority finance minister. The 47-year-old MP from the Conservative Party supports no-deal Brexit for the country voted so England would be out of European Union (EU).
Indians know Sunak as their son-in-law as he’s married to Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata. The Oxford and Stanford alumni first entered the British Parliament in 2015 and also served in the Theresa May government. In Johnson’s cabinet, he is taking charge as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Agra-born Alok Sharma moved to England with his parents in the 1970s. He’s the new International Development Secretary and has about 16 years of experience in the banking sector. He was the Housing Minister in 2017 and a year later, he was appointed as the Employment Minister in Theresa May’s cabinet.
Until the age of eight, Johnson was severely deaf because of glue ear, a condition where the ear canal fills with fluid that can cause temporary hearing loss. He had to wear a grommet, a small tube surgically implanted in the eardrum to drain liquid.