Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Sunday visited his ancestral village along with his family members in the coastal Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, calling it “a very special moment”. It was his first visit to the village of Varad in Malvan tehsil, around 500 km from Mumbai after he became prime minister in June 2017.
Varadkar’s father Ashok Varadkar, a doctor, hailed from Varad. He moved to the United Kingdom in the 1960s. The visit was a “special moment” as three generations of his family had gathered, the Ireland prime minister said after the villagers felicitated him. He also visited the temple of the village deity.
Proud Moment !
Prime Minister of Ireland @LeoVaradkar is in Malvan,Sindhudurg,he is visiting his ancestral village in Maharashtra.
His father was a doctor who had migrated to Ireland long ago. He got married to an Irish lady. Leo is half Irish,half Indian. pic.twitter.com/wDFbIKZ6su
— Sanjay Nirupam (@sanjaynirupam) December 29, 2019
“I am here with my parents, my sisters and their husbands, my partner and some grandchildren are here…so it is a big family visit,” the Irish PM said. It was “very special moment” for them as three generations of his family were visiting “a place of my grandfather”, he said. “I am on private visit here as of now, but I would like to visit this place again in the official capacity,” Varadkar added.