Dr. Gaurav Sharma, one of the newly elected MPs in New Zealand, made history by taking oath in Sanskrit on Wednesday. Dr Sharma, 33 years old, hails from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. Recently, Sharma has been elected a Labor Party MP from Hamilton West, New Zealand.
Muktesh Pardeshi, High Commissioner of India to New Zealand and Samoa, tweeted – Sharma expressed his deep respect for the cultural traditions of India and New Zealand, first in Maori language in New Zealand and then in Sanskrit.
Gaurav Sharma has completed his MBBS course from Auckland. He then earned an MBA degree from Washington. He works as a General Practitioner in Naughton, Hamilton. He has worked in the fields of public health and policy formulation in New Zealand, Spain, USA, Nepal, Vietnam, Mongolia, Switzerland and India.
On Twitter, a person asked Sharma why he did not take oath in Indian language. To this, Sharma said that all cannot be amused, so he considered it appropriate to take an oath in Sanskrit which brought respect to all Indian languages.
He tweeted, “To be honest, I had considered it, but the question arose about taking oath in Pahari or Punjabi, my first language. It is hard to keep everyone happy. All languages are respected by Sanskrit, so I thought it appropriate to take an oath in this. Let me tell you, in New Zealand, Sharma had to face defeat in the 2017 election. This year he won by defeating Tim Masindo of the National Party.