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'Sneham naranya aashamsakal...' When New Zealand's first Indian-origin MP addressed Parliament in Malayalam

Nov 6, 2020, 7:31 PM IST

"Ellam suhrathakalkam ende sneham naranya aashamsakal. Ellarkum ende nanni ariyikyunnu... " (Best wishes for all my friends. I congratulate everyone) -- That's how New Zealand's first Indian-origin Cabinet minister Priyanca Radhakrishnan greeted her country's Parliament back in 2017.

Union Civil Aviation 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."

This November 2017 video of Priyanca, who has been a member of the New Zealand parliament twice and is a member of the Labour Party since the last 14 years, has now gone viral.

Priyanca was born in Chennai, but her family is originally from Kerala. She moved to New Zealand for higher education after she completed her school in Singapore. 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.’

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