Earlier this week, Priyanka Radhakrishnan, after becoming the first-Indian-origin minister of New Zealand, addressed an old video of her in Malayalam, socializing social media. Viral video went viral on social media. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday shared a three-year-old video on Twitter.
According to PTI news, India-born 41-year-old Priyanka Radhakrishnan did her schooling in Singapore and then moved to New Zealand for further studies. She lives in Auckland with her husband. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern added five new ministers to her cabinet, including Priyanka. Two weeks ago, Ardern’s party won a landslide victory in the country’s general election.
In the video, Radhakrishnan, who is from Kerala, can be heard speaking a few lines in Malayalam. He said, ‘Mr. President, I believe this is the first time that my mother tongue, Malayalam has been spoken in this Parliament.’ The video is from the Parliament session from November 2017.
Puri shared the video on Twitter, writing, “Proud of India, Indian-origin minister in New Zealand @priyancanzlp addressed his country’s parliament in Malayalam.”
– Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) November 5, 2020
The old clip has gone viral with thousands of views on the microblogging platform. Priyanka Radhakrishnan was born to Malayali parents in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. On Monday, he took oath as Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities. Apart from this, she has also become Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector and Assistant Minister of Ministry of Social Development and Employment.
Announcing the new ministers, Prime Minister Ardern said, “I am excited to include some new talent, people with grassroots experience”.