For Me It’s About Dharma, Says Rishi Sunak On Taking Up Challenging Tasks

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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak completed 100 working days


British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has spoken of his motives behind taking the top job at 10 Downing Street following last year’s intense political turmoil as his “French”.

In a televised interview with ‘Talk TV’ host Piers Morgan at his Downing Street home to mark 100 days as the first British Indian Prime Minister on Thursday, he was asked what led him to take on this difficult task amid the high costs. -of-life and the shortest Prime Minister term of his predecessor Liz Truss was only 45 days.

“For me, it’s duty. There’s a concept in Hinduism called dharma, which roughly translates as duty, and that’s how I was raised. It’s about doing what’s expected of you and trying. try to do the right thing,” he replied.

“Although it would be a nightmare job… I felt that I could make a difference and was the best person to make a difference at the time, especially in light of the challenges that I faced. What people are facing, what they see with their mortgages and That’s why I’m determined to do it knowing it will be difficult and challenging but in the end doing what it means my service in that situation. I believe deeply in service and think I can make a difference for the country,” he said.

The 42-year-old, who swore allegiance when elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons on the ‘Bhagavad Gita’, often spoke of the Hindu faith that gave him strength.

The UK-born son of Dr Yashveer of the National Health Service (NHS) and pharmacist Usha spoke of regularly visiting the temple with his family and during last year’s leadership campaign, he took the time to visit a Hare Krishna temple in the suburbs of London for Janmashtami to seek blessings.

In this week’s wide-ranging interview, he also mentioned his wife Akshata – daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy – as his support system and admitted that he had “hit the mark.” above average” with her as his mate.

He revealed how he proposed to her romantically, getting down on one knee and praising “the support she has given me in this work”.

“I wouldn’t be able to do this job without her love and support to keep going,” he said.

When asked about the “mantra” the British public could cling to, he added: “Let’s hope because I can make it better and I’ll make it better. That’s what I’m doing. work day and night.” Morgan also asked him about his personal wealth and he repeated his earlier pledge to make his tax returns public for the sake of “transparency.”

“Surname [tax returns] will be published shortly. As you know, the tax deadlines are just a few days away… they will be announced soon,” he said.

In the wake of a wave of public sector strikes demanding pay, Sunak said he “would love to raise nurses’ salaries” but pointed out he couldn’t, as doing so would cause inflation.

“Even if it’s unpopular, it’s the right thing for the country to stay on a path to beat inflation,” he said.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)

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