Indian native Leo Varadkar, that is indeed his name not an Anglicised abbreviation, could well create history by becoming one of the youngest prime ministers in the world at the age of 38.
Leo Varadkar, son of a Mumbai-born doctor and Ireland’s first openly gay minister, is in the forefront to succeed Enda Kenny as the country’s prime minister.
His family, including cousin Shubhada Varadkar, an Odissi dancer of repute, keenly looks forward to Friday when the result is expected to be declared around 5 pm Irish time or 10pm IST.
Shubhada says, “We hail from a family of freedom fighters that spread its wings across Mumbai and Ireland in the 1960s. His father Ashok, a doctor, married an Irish nurse, Miriam. Leo, too, is a medical doctor. His parents visit Mumbai and our ancestral village of Varad. Leo comes too. In fact he did his internship at KEM hospital. When he was sports minister, he accompanied the Irish cricket team to Mumbai.”
She says, “Ours is a large family. Whenever the Irish side of the family arrives here, we have a large gathering of 60-odd extended relatives in our Borivli house.”