Labour Party’s Indian Mother- Son duo become councillors in London

Councillors Parveen Rani and her son Tushar Kumar are in the political limelight since they won, reports Rahul Laud

Indian-origin parents are inspired and London’s mother-son duo carved a niche in history when they both won in their debut contest at recent Council elections. Mother Parveen Rani and 20-year-old son Tushar Kumar bagged seats as Labour Party members breaking traditional Conservatives strongholds from Hertsmere Borough Council, in Hertfordshire and Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, (in Hertfordshire) respectively. Tushar made history at the election by helping the Labour group take overall control of the town council for the first time this century. Both Tushar and Parveen were standing in elections for the first time.

 With her win, Parveen Rani Marks new chapter as Kenilworth, Borehamwood Borough Councillor and Cabinet Member. Borehamwood, UK local elections have marked an exciting turn of events for the residents of Kenilworth, Borehamwood. Rani is known for her versatile roles as an entrepreneur, educationist, and social activist, and is all set to bring “a fresh perspective to the Hertsmere borough council,” she said.

Alongside her new role as a councillor, Rani has been appointed as a cabinet member responsible for the portfolio of ‘Street Scene, Parks, Leisure, and Culture.’ She is poised to leverage her diverse skills and experience to enhance the local community’s quality of life in this area.

Rani has previously held the role of governor at several UK schools, guiding them with her educational acumen and keen insight. Further establishing her dedication to education and culture, Rani founded the charity organisation ‘Hindi Shiksha Parishad UK’ where her son Tushar teaches pro bono. This organisation champions the cause of Indian culture by celebrating Indian festivals and offering free Hindi classes to children. Through this initiative, she has played a pivotal role in promoting and preserving the Hindi language in the UK.

Recognising her extraordinary contributions to social activities and her tireless efforts to promote Hindi globally, the Governor and Chief Minister of Haryana, India, have previously honoured Rani. High Commission of India, London has also acknowledged her work, recently bestowing upon her an award for her outstanding role in promoting Hindi across the UK.

Tushar Kumar, Rani’s son has become the youngest Indian-origin councillor in the United Kingdom. As a town councillor, Tushar will be expected to attend regular council meetings, vote on local planning issues and help residents with constituency enquiries.

He moved to London at the age of 10. Passionate about politics and community work from a young age, Tushar is a student of politics at the prestigious King’s College London. He is engaged in an internship at a charitable organisation dedicated to the well-being of senior citizens. Additionally, he volunteers his time to teach Hindi at Hindi Shiksha Parishad UK.

Tushar has been selected for a prestigious summer internship with the Civil Service Fast Stream programme. He actively participates in various extracurricular activities, including fundraising initiatives for the homeless and involvement with charitable organisations. Tushar’s victory in the local elections marks a significant shift in the political landscape of the United Kingdom. It reflects the nation’s changing demographic and highlights the importance of younger voices in politics.

Tushar was also determined to stand in the election to help inspire young people to engage more with politics.

He said: “I have been involved in politics since a young age and I see that young people like me aren’t involved, there’s not a lot of trust, so I wanted to represent the younger generation and show them that things can be different.

“I wanted to bring about some change and show that young people can do so too. I want to deliver on the promises that I have made and change some perceptions.”


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