'Namaskar Aur Pranam' Says Bihar's Daughter As She Swears In As US Senator Holding Gita

It was quite a moment when Mona Das began her speech with 'namaskar and pranam' and ended her oath with the holy text of Gita in her hand. When a seed of Bihar blooms as an elected senator of the State of Washington in the US in her maiden attempt, it makes us mighty proud.

Forty-seven-year-old Mona migrated to US with her parents when she was only eight-month-old. Her roots lie in Dariapur village of Munger district of Bihar. She was born to an engineer father in Darbhanga Medical College Hospital in 1971, a place where her grandfather worked as a civil surgeon.

According to India Today, Mona is a graduate in psychology from Cincinnati University and on the day of her swearing, her message was drenched in her love for India and its culture and tradition.

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Her message started with greetings on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, which was celebrated in India a day later on January 15. "Namaskar aur pranam aap sabo ko... Makar Sankaranti ki badhai ho aap sabo ko."

Mona Das further said, "Like Mahatma Gandhi and the present great and dynamic leader Prime Minister Modi ji said, education is the key to success for girls in life. By educating a girl you have educated an entire family and successive generations as well," she said in her message.

As an elected Senator, she has decided to encourage girls to push forward and shatter the glass ceiling.

Mona Das also plans to visit her ancestral village. "I have plans to one day visit my ancestral home in Dariapur in Bihar and travel through the rest of India to learn more about the immensely diverse culture that my native country is," she said.

In her capacity as Washington State Senator, she would like to make herself available to meet with key individuals in villages to provide guidance and mentorship in their efforts to improve the educational opportunities for women and thus affording them a better future. This, in turn, will yield far reaching benefit to the society as a whole, she said.

Her message ended in the same manner in had started. "Mahila Kalyan, Sabka Maan! (Women welfare, everyone's respect!) Jai Hind and Bharat Mata ki jai."

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Mona Das, who defeated two-term sitting Republican party Senator Joe Fain, will serve as vice chair of the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability Committee. She will also serve on the Senate Transportation Committee, the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development and Trade Committee, and the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee.

This session, she plans to advocate for the environment, communities of colour and equity for women.

Credits: India Today
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