Joe Biden, president of the United States, described the appointment of Rishi Sunak, an individual of Indian ancestry, as prime minister of the United Kingdom as “quite astonishing” and a “ground-breaking milestone.”
The president said the festival of lights is a reminder that everyone can banish darkness and bring light to the globe during his comments at the White House Diwali celebration on Monday.
“It’s a decision. And we decide that each day. It holds true for us and our country, particularly for a democracy, whether we are in America or for the family in India celebrating their country’s 75th anniversary of independence, ” he said.
Biden said, “And whether it’s the United Kingdom, where just today we’ve received the news that Rishi Sunak is now the Prime Minister,” to loud applause from the more than 200 guests, who included the crème de la crème of Indian Americans and officials from his administration.
“Go figure, as my brother would say. The Conservative Party, too! When (Sunak) visits the monarch tomorrow, he is anticipated to be appointed prime minister, I believe. He was amazingly stunning revolutionary accomplishment. It also matters. The point is, “Biden praised the achievements of the Indian immigrant community.
Biden made history when he chose Indian-born Kamala Harris as his running partner in 2020. As vice president of the United States, Harris is now the second most powerful person in the nation behind the president. In addition, she is the first person of Indian descent to hold the position.
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Biden said he wanted to thank the Asian American community for its efforts and that there were now more Asian Americans than ever in his administration. “It has an easy message. Many thanks, many thanks, many thanks “said the president.
As we see it across the nation, opening homes and hearts, exchanging gifts and sweets, hosting feasts for family and friends, and organizing cultural programs that bring us together… you contribute to every aspect of American life, and the speaker thanked Indian Americans for bringing Diwali into American culture. The president said, “I want to thank you for expressing the heart of who we are as a country.
Biden greeted a happy Diwali to the more than one billion Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists who were enjoying the festival of lights in the US, India, and other countries earlier in a statement.
He stated, “We are honored to light the diya surrounded by members of the most diverse administration in American history—led by Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black and South Asian American to become vice president. We are hosting the official White House Diwali event.
Affirming the hope, bravery, and humanity of South Asian Americans, he said they exemplify the “spirit of who we are as a nation, whether helping us emerge stronger from this epidemic, developing an economy that works for everyone, or serving and defending our communities and our country.”
He did warn that evil was “always lurking,” however. “We have never completely lived up to the terrible fact that we are all created equal, and this has been a continual fight throughout American history. Diwali serves as a reminder that everyone of us has the ability to light up the globe by symbolizing the triumph of light over darkness, whether it is here in America or elsewhere in the world “said he.
May everyone who celebrates Diwali have the opportunity to connect with others, to experience a sense of community, and to keep in mind the strength in the accumulation of light, said Biden.