Hailing from a Himachal Pradesh town Hamirpur, Dr Gaurav Sharma scripted history when he decided to take oath in the Sanskrit language. He sworn in as a Member of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old New Zealand Parliamentarian belongs to Hadeta village of Hamirpur. On October 17, he was elected as the MP from Hamilton West in New Zealand. Contesting for the Labour Party, Gaurav defeated Tim Macindoe of the National Party with a margin of 4,386 votes.

He had earlier contested elections in 2017 but could not claim a seat in the Parliament.

“This is the start, because we have to make sure, that we keep the promises we make, as the Opposition will hold us accountable for not fulfilling our promises,” Gaurav told The Tribune.

Gaurav’s father Girdhar Sharma was an Executive Engineer in the state Electricity Board, while his mother Purnima Sharma is a homemaker. He completed his schooling up to Class IV at DAV school in Hamirpur and Class VII from Adhunik Public School in Dharamsala, before his family moved to New Zealand.

Gaurav is now a resident of Frankton and works as a General Practitioner in Nawton. He took to Facebook to share the footage of him taking oath in the Sanskrit language.

“I have tried to learn Te Reo in the past through Unitec and learnt Sanskrit when I was in primary and middle school in India,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Sanskrit is a 3500 year old language from which many of the current Indian languages have originated,” Gaurav added.