This Abandoned Boy From Karnataka Would Be First Indian Origin Swiss Parliamentarian

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Niklaus-Samuel Gugger was abandoned in a hospital 48 years ago just after his birth. Days turned good for Niklaus and now he would be the first Indian to be elected to the Swiss parliament.

Born in CSI Lombard Memorial Hospital in Karnataka’s Udupi town, Niklaus was adopted by a Swiss couple named Fritz and Elizbeth within a week of his abandonment.

Fritz and Elizbeth took him to Kerala when he was just 15-days-old and they lived there for around four years before moving to their native place in Switzerland.

Niklaus was among 143 People of Indian Origin (PIO) parliamentarians from 24 countries who took part in the conference organized by the Ministry of External Affairs to engage the diaspora as part of its diplomatic outreach.

Niklaus would be the only Indian in the Swiss parliament for at least the next decade as there was no other active Indian-origin politician in the country.

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