Rishi Sunak’s family in Ludhiana cherishes his role as British PM
28 October, 2022 | Riya Girdhar
Raghubir Berry, Sunak's maternal grandfather, was a native of Jassowal Sudan village who had moved to Tanzania to work as a railway engineer.
Rishi Sunak’s mother’s family members, who live in Punjab’s Ludhiana city, have welcomed his appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Raghubir Berry, Sunak’s maternal grandfather, was a native of the Jassowal Sudan village of Ludhiana who had moved to Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in Africa to work as a railway engineer. He married Sraksha, who was born in Tanganyika, and the couple later moved to the United Kingdom. Usha, Rishi Sunak’s mother, is one of the couple’s three daughters.
Subhash Berry (74), a resident of Ludhiana’s Club Road, said his uncle (father’s younger brother) now lives in London. “Our ancestral home was in Jassowal Sudan village, where Raghubir Berry was born and lived until he went to India.” After studying engineering, he moved to Africa and married there. The couple settled in the United Kingdom and had three daughters. “Usha, Rishi’s mother, is one of my cousins,” Subhash explained. “My uncle is now 92 years old, and we have yet to congratulate them on Rishi’s accomplishment.” He is currently in the hospital due to age-related issues.”
Sunak’s paternal family was also from undivided Punjab. In 1935, before India gained independence from the British, his paternal grandfather Ramdass Sunak moved from Gujranwala (now in Pakistan’s Punjab province) to Africa. He worked as a clerk in Nairobi, Kenya, before moving to the United Kingdom.