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Watch: First Minister shakes a leg at Diwali celebration

14 Nov 2021 2 minutes Read
Mark Drakeford dancing. Image by Dr Bela Arora / Twitter

It’s the First Minister of Wales as you’ve never seen him before – strutting his stuff at his official Diwali reception.

The festival of lights was marked this week at Cardiff University by Mark Drakeford and Gaitri Issar Kumar, Indian High Commissioner to the UK.

The annual Diwali celebrations are a must-go to event for many in the strong Indian diaspora community in Wales. According to the 2011 census, there were 24,000 Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs in Wales.

They also inaugurated the Ganga Connect exhibition which focuses on reversing environmental damage to the Ganga river eco-system in India.

In his keynote address, the First Minister said that borders are irrelevant in the climate crises and impacts cannot be mitigated by individual countries acting alone, with international collaboration being the only way forward.

The Indian High Commissioner to the UK highlighted how Indians revere the Ganges and shared the high priority which the Government of India places upon the Namami Gange mission.

She further commented how Namami Gange mission brings together public policy, technology intervention and community participation to revive and rejuvenate River Ganga.

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Robert G
Robert G
20 days ago

No social distancing? No masks? Dancing away like a prat while over 7,000 deaths in Wales. Shameful.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
20 days ago

I’m all for inclusivity, but Drakeford who had always insisted on the public following Welsh Government Covid rules has dropped a clanger here. No masks. No social distancing. Not a good example.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
20 days ago

“In his keynote address, the First Minister said that borders are irrelevant in the climate crises and impacts cannot be mitigated by individual countries acting alone, with international collaboration being the only way forward”….and Mark Drakeford is correct in what he says there. Sincerely hope then Mark Drakeford will be communicating his displeasure to the UK’s India high commisioner with India’s Modi govt joining forces with other climate change denying govts to water down the final document at COP26

TheSickManOfEurope
TheSickManOfEurope
20 days ago

As usual from the Politicians found out breaking the own rules….(that only us plebs must obey)….I expect a (fake) apology to come out soon!

steve day
steve day
19 days ago

Hypocrite

Clive Mortlock
Clive Mortlock
18 days ago

This tortoise in an ill-fitting suit must have lost his impossibly tiny mind if he thinks anyone will listen to him about social distancing and mask-wearing ever again.

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