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Rishi Sunak to Be the Next UK Prime Minister

MG is a keen political observer and commentator who has a ringside seat to the turbulent years of the present political scenario

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Introduction

Momentous news is coming from England; something one could not think of even 30 or 40 years back. An Indian origin man Rishi Sunak, who has close ties with India has been elected as the leader of the Conservative Party and will be Prime Minister of England under King Charles.

The British ruled India for close to 200 years and it was the prime jewel in the crown of the British Empire but after the end of World War Two, the British were emaciated by a pyrrhic victory over Hitler and faced a revolt from the British Indian Army which had been loyal to them all the decades. The army was inspired by the ideals of Subhas Chandra Bose, the fiery Indian leader who had joined Hitler and Tojo mutinied, and British officers were shot dead in Bombay and Karachi.

The British saw the writing on the wall and Lord Clement Attlee, the then Prime Minister of the Labour Party decided to leave India. It is pertinent to recall that in 1947 when power was transferred to India Sir Winston Churchill in a statement had said "all Indian lead­ers will be of low cal­i­bre & men of straw". He has been proved wrong and the British have got over the hangover of India and have now elected a man whose roots are in the sub-continent and is the son-in-law of the owner of the Indian multinational Infosys, Narayan Murthy.


Sunak is PM

Sunak takes over as Prime Minister at a time when the British economy has tanked and there is rampant inflation. The real wages have gone down and the British are facing a very bleak winter by having shot themselves in the foot with sanctions on Russia.

Rishi had contested the election two months back and lost to Liz Truss who took over as Prime Minister of England. She was out of her depth and the economy continued to flounder and the British Conservative party in opinion polls is way behind the Labour Party. At the moment they needed a new mascot to fight the next general election as well as improve the economy.

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Rishi Sunak is expected to be like Merlin the magician and rescue England from the dire straits it is in. He had thrown his hat into the ring after Liz Truss resigned having served as Prime Minister only for 45 days and in a contest against Penny Mordaunt and Boris Johnson was the preferred candidate.

Faced with a near-impossible situation the Conservative party has decided to elect him as their leader and he will now be the Prime Minister. Being Prime Minister is a great honor for him and for the people of Indian origin. His personal beliefs are well known and he is a devout Hindu who as head of finance in England had taken the oath of loyalty to the Gita.

We do not know how successful Sunak will be but the run-up to the election and the pictures show there's a lot of bonhomie and confidence now in the conservative party to face the Labour Party in the coming election. The gap between the two parties is so wide now that in case an election would be held right now most of the Tory members of parliament would lose their seats.

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The way ahead

I can sum up the way ahead with one word and that is " difficult.". The British have lost their empire and also left the European Union and have very few resources to sustain themselves as an economic power. Whether Sunak comes or anybody else comes it, will be very difficult to restore the economy of England to the level it used to be earlier.

The only possibility is that if England downsizes its commitments to Nato and prunes expenditure then perhaps the crisis could be postponed. In any case, as far as India is concerned they should not be enamored that the Prime Minister of England is of Indian origin because history has shown that expatriate Indians who go abroad invariably act against the mother country.I don't think Sunak will be an exception. In the meantime, he has a very difficult task ahead and his performance on the economic front will decide the result of the next general election. The world will watch how he functions as the Prime Minister of England and how he can restore the economy. It is a herculean task , something like trying to clean the Augean stables and it could well lead to unexpected results.

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