Indian-origin New Zealand MP takes oath in Sanskrit

Wellington: Gaurav Sharma, the New Zealand Labour Party MP, on Wednesday (November 25, 2020) became only the second Indian outside India to take oath in the Sanskrit language.
Sharma, 33, who hails from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, was elected as the Member of Parliament from the Labour Party for Hamilton West in New Zealand. He defeated Tim Macindoe of the National Party this year.
When a Twitter user asked Sharma why he didn’t take the oath in Hindi, he replied, “To be honest I did think of that, but then there was the question of doing it in Pahari (my first language) or Punjabi. Hard to keep everyone happy. Sanskrit made sense as it pays homage to all the Indian languages (including the many I can’t speak).” (Agency)