Indian-Origin MP In Scottish Parliament Recites Sikh Prayer Before Oath

Pam Gosal, of the Scottish Conservatives, ended her oath by taking blessings from the Sikh scripture, the Gutka Sahib.

New Delhi: Pam Gosal, Scotland's first woman MP of Indian-origin, recited a Sikh prayer before taking oath in Parliament on Thursday. Ms Gosal, 49, is also one of the first two women of colour in Scottish Parliament, the other being Kaukab Stewart.

Ms Gosal, of the Scottish Conservatives, then took the oath in English swearing allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. She ended her oath or affirmation by taking blessings from the Sikh scripture, the Gutka Sahib...

..."As the first female Sikh MSP I am humbled to have been able to read the Mool Mantar, a Sikh prayer before taking the oath as a Member of Scottish Parliament. I am excited to begin my journey as an MSP for @ScotTories make my community proud," Ms Gosal tweeted.

It was the first time a parliamentarian in the United Kingdom has read from the Sikh scriptures inside Parliament.

"It's a privilege to be the first female MSP elected to the Scottish Parliament from an Indian background. Thank you to everyone who's supported me. Can't wait to get to work for the people of the West of Scotland," Ms Gosal said in a tweet on May 9...

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