Priyanca Radhakrishnan, the first Indian origin minister of New Zealand, spoke in the parliament in her native language — Malayalam.
India’s Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri shared a video of Priyanca speaking in Malayalam in the parliament of New Zealand. Tweeting the video, he said, “Doing India proud, the Indian origin minister in New Zealand @priyancanzlp addresses her country’s parliament in Malayalam.”
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) November 5, 2020
The video which is now getting viral is from November 2017. Priyanca has been a member of the New Zealand parliament twice and is a member of the Labour Party for the last 14 years. She was born in Chennai, the capital of the Indian state Tamil Nadu but her family is originally from Kerala. She moved to New Zealand for higher education after she completed her school in Singapore.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) November 2, 2020
Earlier, Shashi Tharoor had congratulated Priyanca for her selection in the New Zealand’s cabinet in a tweet. He had also expressed that people from Kerala are taking pride in Priyanca’s success.
— Amul.coop (@Amul_Coop) November 3, 2020
The 41-year-old New Zealand minister had thanked Shashi Tharoor and recalled an old incident with the Indian politician.
— Priyanca R (@priyancanzlp) November 5, 2020
Priyanca is among the five new ministers that have been inducted into the country’s cabinet. Jacinda had described this new cabinet as ‘incredibly diverse.’