Assam-origin Ayesha Hazarika creates history, appointed member of Britain’s House of Lords

GUWAHATI: In a first, a British-Indian person of Assamese origin, Ayesha Hazarika has been appointed as a member to the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament.
A journalist, broadcaster and stand-up comic, Ayesha has her ancestral roots in Upper Assam’s North Lakhimpur. She was born in Bellshill in 1975 and raised in Coatbridge in Scotland.She hails from an Indian Muslim family, with first generation immigrant parents. Her father Liyaqat Ali Hazarika, a doctor by profession moved to Glasglow in the 1960s.
Hazarika has been made the “Baroness Hazarika of Coatbridge” after taking a seat in the House of Lords on May 9. She donned the traditional scarlet robes for her formal introduction ceremony. She has previously served as a special adviser to British politicians.
“What an incredible, special day spent with family and friends. Especially my amazing parents who came here as Indian Muslim immigrants and worked so very hard. It is genuinely the honour of my life to join the House of Lords as a Labour peer,” she wrote on X after she took her oath.
Hazarika was awarded with the “Member of the Order of the British Empire” in 2016 for her exemplary political service.


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