What can make any Indian proud of his fellow Indian residing abroad is seeing him scaling heights with complete Indian-ness. Something the Australian lawmaker of Indian origin has recently done while taking oath on being elected.
New South Wales (NSW) MP Daniel Mookhey, is the name of the Indian-origin lawmaker, who took oath on the ‘Bhagavad-Gita’ in Australia, thus, becoming the first elected representative to be sworn in to an Australian parliament on the Hindu religious book.
Mr Mookhey said the Gita is one of the world's great religious texts, along with the Bible, the Qur'an and the Torah. "It was an important backdrop to my childhood growing up in western Sydney”, he said. Adding "It's an incredible honour and I'm humbled to be the first Australian politician to take his oath of allegiance on the Gita".
"That's really the issue closest to my heart and how I get to use this position that I've been so lucky and fortunate to get”, Mr. Mookhey, commented on his election.
Mr. Mookhey elected by the Labor Party for New South Wales, originates from Punjab. His parents had migrated from India to western Sydney in 1973.
A highly qualified young man aged 32, with three university degrees and working for several diverse causes. He has won several hearts yet again by taking his oath of allegiance on Gita, which he credited it to the open hear-ted nature of Australia, which has provided him the necessary freedom to express his thoughts.
Bhagavad Gita is a 700- verse Hindu scripture, originally in Sanskrit language and is a part of Mahabharata. It is widely read and revered religious text in the world, compiled by sage Veda Vyasa, describing gist of life and karma of individuals. During Mahabharata, the Lord Krishna famously narrated it to Arjuna.