UK, Ireland & Scotland State Heads From Indian Subcontinent

UK, Ireland & Scotland State Heads

Within less than the time of six months, Rishi Sunak appeared as the UK Prime Minister, as a second term Ireland’s Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar turns back and now as Scotland’s future first Prime Minister, Humza Yousaf has been elected. The most common factor or thing between all these three leaders is that the roots of their family are embedded in the well-known Indian Subcontinent.

The origin of Sunak and Varadkar is from the Indian region, while the grandparents of Humza Yousaf have come to Scotland from the Pakistan region in the 1960s. It is assumed that a cradle of talent for global leaders will be provided by the Indian subcontinent. Antonio Costa Portugal’s Socialist Prime Minister, is also an Indian descent, and Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy both of them have Indian origins and launched their US Presidential elections bids in 2024.

Ireland, the UK, and Scotland are now having Indian subcontinent origin men as their heads of state. It is a very big and unbelievable deal because Britain ruled the whole Indian subcontinent till 1947. Now we will take a brief look at the basic profile of these three UK heads of state and know about how they made it to the top.

Humza Yousaf

Humza Yousaf is a Scottish politician who was born on April 7, 1985, in Glasgow, Scotland. He is of Pakistani origin and his parents migrated to the UK from Pakistan in the 1960s. Humza Yousaf’s father, Bashir Yousaf, was a prominent member of the Scottish National Party (SNP) and served as the party’s national convener for several years. Humza Yousaf’s mother, Sabiha Yousaf, also acted in Scottish politics and was a founding member of the Muslim Women’s Association. Humza Yousaf is now serving as head state of Scotland.

Scottish National Party (SNP) leadership contest held on Monday, 27 March, was won by Humza Yousaf, and he is now set to become the First Minister substituting Nicola Sturgeon as First Scotland’s First Minister. He said that he will be the first minister of Scotland. And he said also that he will earn respect and trust by working from dawn to dusk, and he said it in his acceptance speech.

When Humza Yousaf became the first Muslim leader of a great and major political party in the UK and also became the first Muslim leader belonging to the Indian subcontinent who leads Western Europe he was 37 years old.

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak was born on May 12, 1980, in Southampton, England, and his parents belong to the Indian subcontinent that had migrated to the UK in the 1960s. Rishi Sunak grew up in the town of Winchester, Hampshire, and attended Winchester College, a prestigious private school. He went on for the purpose of study at Oxford University, where he gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) from Lincoln College.

Last year on October 25, he became Britain’s third Prime Minister and also the first person of color who lead the nation in a year. A one billion great global investment firm had co-founded by Rishi Sunak which is specifically for small British investing businesses which is just before his entrance into politics, and now he is serving as head of state.

Rishi Sunak’s political career began when he was elected as the conservative member of the parliament (MP) for the constituency of Richmond (Yorks) in the 2015 general election. Prior to this, he had worked as a banker and an entrepreneur in the investment sector. During his time in Parliament, Rishi Sunak served in several communities, including the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Committee, and the Treasury Select Committee. He was also appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Minister for Employment in 2018.

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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is an Irish politician who served as the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland from 2017 to 2020. He was born on January 18, 1979, in Dublin, Ireland, to an Indian father and an Irish mother. Leo Varadkar’s father, Ashok Varadkar, was born in Mumbai, India, and worked as a doctor. He met Leo’s mother, Miriam Howell, while he was working in the UK, and the couple moved to Dublin, where Leo was born and raised.

Leo Varadkar is openly gay, and his election as Taoiseach made him the first openly gay head of state in Ireland’s history. His leadership was marked by his efforts to improve the rights and status of the people in Ireland, as well as his work on issues such as Brexit, climate change, and healthcare reform.


In conclusion, it is important to recognize the accomplishments of these individuals, while also acknowledging that there is still work to be done to ensure that people of all backgrounds have equal opportunities to succeed in politics and other fields. As mentioned above three heads of state got their position in politics on their own efforts.

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