2022: Tumult that led to Britain’s first Indian-origin PM

LONDON: A tumultuous 2022 politically and economically has culminated in a first for the UK as a native of India Rishi Sunak took power at 10 Downing Street as the country’s first non-white Prime Minister.
At 42, the British Indian leader is also the youngest in 200 years and staunchly supports India soon after being elected Conservative Party leader during Diwali.
“The Prime Minister said that he is a visual representation of the historic link between the UK and India, and intends to build on this relationship to develop an increasingly closer relationship between our two countries. ta,” said the Downing Street quote of Sunak’s introductory phone call with the British Prime Minister. Minister Narendra Modi.
It comes just after the Diwali deadline of his former partisan boss, Boris Johnson, to a much-anticipated outcome. India-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was abandoned just a few days earlier. Since then, Sunak has announced that the UK is “working on a new FTA with India”, with a sixth round of talks due to take place in New Delhi this month.
The political turmoil caused by his predecessor, Liz Truss – the UK’s shortest-serving Prime Minister was forced to resign after a pathetic small budget that was not funded – resonated in the relationship. bilateral relationship when her Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, threw the FTA negotiations into disarray. with attacks deemed bad for Indians who are “visa overstayers”.
Sunak’s re-appointment of his Indian-born colleague to his Cabinet in the same position came with some appeasement, with the launch of the Anglo-Indian Young Professionals Program shortly after the first meeting between Prime Ministers Sunak and Modi at the G20 Summit in Indonesia.
“I am pleased that even many of India’s brightest young people will now have the opportunity to experience all that life in the UK has to offer – and vice versa – that makes India’s economy and society better. we get richer,” claimed Sunak, referring to the reciprocal agreement. the scheme will be launched in early 2023. It will allow 3,000 educated Indians aged 18-30 to access an annual visa to live and work in the UK for up to two years, with the same offer for British graduates.
It marks one of many highlights for Indian students in the UK, which has overtaken China for the first time as the largest group of international students. However, with the number of migrants soaring, there are growing whispers of a squeeze on international students, which education leaders have warned and will remain a problem on the list. track 2023.
The inclusion of the UK back in the list of countries with expedited e-visas for tourists is another key outcome of the extremely important first bilateral meeting between Modi and Sunak, confirmed. by India’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Vikram Doraiswami, who also became the first Indian diplomat to present his credentials to King Charles III.
The new king ascended the throne after suffering a great loss to the passing of his mother Queen Elizabeth II – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – on September 8, causing the whole world to mourn and mourn. witnessed thousands of people queuing for days to pay their respects. she lay in state at Westminster Hall in London.
President Droupadi Murmu represented India at the Queen’s State Funeral at Westminster Abbey in London, followed by a funeral at St. George at Windsor Castle.
Since then, Charles has continued his duties as a monarch and will be officially crowned in a grand coronation ceremony to be held on May 6, 2023.
While his son and heir, Prince William, will be by his side, the role of young son Harry will remain to be seen after a series of dramatic statements about racism and mass protests. media attack in a new documentary titled ‘Harry and Meghan’. It comes as a senior Buckingham Palace aide resigned after a race, condemned by the palace in a rare intervention to say “racism has no place in our society”. me”.
While the year was dominated by chaos, there were also moments of celebration – including gala events to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June and also the 75th anniversary of independence. India’s founding, notably the naval ship INS Taringini docked in England for the festive Independence Day in August.
Geetanjali Shree has made history as the first Indian author to win the International Booker Prize for his Hindi novel ‘Ret Samadhi’/Tomb of Sand’ and the sustainable farming project Greenhouse-in-a -Box of India has won Prince William’s GBP 1 million Earthshot prize for 2022.
Meanwhile, the fight to extradite economic criminals wanted in India on fraud and money laundering charges is progressing slowly in the UK legal system.
diamond merchant run away Nirav Modi, wanted in an estimated $2 billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) loan scam, has lost a major appeal against extradition on mental health grounds and will be arrested. extradition next month. However, a delay is expected if Mr. Modi makes an appeal on human rights in Europe or applies for asylum as was the case with former Kingfisher Airlines chief Vijay Mallya, which is said to be involved in the process. UK’s secret asylum program.
Sanjay Bhandari, wanted for tax evasion and money laundering, also continues to appeal his extradition which was approved by Westminster Magistrates Court in London.
Overall, Collins Dictionary of the Year “permacrisis” – a prolonged period of instability and insecurity – most accurately describes 2022, with its political ups and downs and the cost-of-living crisis. ongoing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. war in ukraine and the consequences of the covid pandemic.


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