Rishi Sunak has been appointed the first Asian Prime Minister of the UK.
This indeed is an accomplishment of a historic proportion. It demonstrates how far the Asian communities have moved on in British democracy within a time span of the last 70 years.
Sunak is a practising Hindu of Indian origin. In this week of Diwali celebrations, he has become the youngest prime minister in modern times.
This historical change leaves Sunak to be the 6th prime minister of the country during the twelve years of the Conservatives in office. He is also the third Prime Minister this year.
Yes, we are talking about the U.K., the world’s longest-established and stable democracy; not some newly evolving democracy in another distant part of the world.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour Party leader described these developments as ‘ revolving doors’.
Rishi Sunak, the former Chancellor under Boris Johnson’s leadership, previously lost out in the conservative membership vote to Liz Truss, who lasted 44 days before being pushed to resign.
Sunak faces enormous challenges ahead. He is taking over the leadership of a much-divided party.
Uniting it will be difficult. He has no mandate of the broad conservative membership.
Economically, the country is in substantial economic turmoil with heavy debts, rising household energy bills, rising costs of essentials, rents and mortgages and the Russian war.
The opposition would be asserting that he has no electoral mandate. After the third Prime Minister, the country needs to move to General Election.
The Conservative Party would resist going to the General Election. They would insist that they have a substantial majority in the commons and have two years of government left.