In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) assembly, the first Indian-Australian member Deepak Raj Gupta took oath on Tuesday putting hand on Bhagwad Geeta. Deepak who is 30-year-old went Australia in 1989.
Deepak said - "I had already taken the decision to take oath with Bhagavad Gita, though the oath is taken with Bible in the House of Australia and when I told my wishes, the officers of the Assembly checked the rules which says that there is no rule as to how I person can take oath and so I was allowed. I took a copy of Bhagavad Gita with me”. He later gifted the Bhagwan Gita to the assembly as a souvenir.
Deepak’s brother Colonel Anil Raj said - "Deepak struggled a lot in Australia, he has even washed the cars and has also worked in restaurants. While all this, he continued to study. Deepak got the job of a Public Relation Officer in 1991. After this, he got the government job of the Executive Officer in the Department of Defense".
Deepak promoted the Indian culture. Anil said that Deepak didn’t forget the Indian culture even after living in Australia for so long. He organised many events to promote the culture. There have been celebrations of many Indian celebrations in Canberra, in which the ministers were also invited so that people would know more about the Indian culture. Deepak has also got the Multi Culture Advocate and Excellent Community Service award. Deepak has been the president of Australia-India Business Council from 2006 to 2016.