Advertisement
Saturday, Dec 04, 2021
Outlook.com
UK Politics

#London Rising High

The new mayor is riding a wave of popular support

#London Rising High
Photograph by AP
#London Rising High
outlookindia.com
2016-05-13T20:59:39+05:30

"My name is Sadiq Khan, and I’m the mayor of London,” was straight out of My Name is Khan’s famous sentence: ‘My name is Khan and I’m not a terrorist’—a dig at his Tory rival Zac Goldsmith’s racist campaign. Known as a man who comes from ­behind, Sadiq Aman Khan, 45, was born to migrant parents from Pakistan. His father Amanullah Khan, a bus driver and his mother, Sehrun Khan, a seamstress, came to this country in the 1960s and lived in a council estate in Tooting.

Fifth of seven brothers and a sister, sharing bunk beds with his brothers, Khan was not brought up in luxury and he and his brothers suffered racism in the 1980s, so Khan learnt boxing to defend himself. He says, “When we were growing up, getting beaten up was a regular thing. Being called the ‘P’ word was common. Knowing how to take a punch was essential.” A football and cricket enthusiast who also completed the London Marathon in 2014, Khan became a Liverpool fan after he and his brothers faced racism during a Chelsea match at Stamford Bridge.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Shaheen Bagh, CAA, Farmers’ Protest: Hip-Hop Is The Voice Of Dissent In India

Young, brash and little-known artistes are using hip-hop as an outlet to speak up and speak out.

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

World Disability Day: Visually Impaired Girls In Himachal Use Education To Dispel Darkness

Umang Foundation in Himachal Pradesh has helped many blind and visually impaired persons achieve their dreams by giving them access to higher education.

Mayank Notches Maiden 100 Vs NZ – Statistical Highlights

Mayank Notches Maiden 100 Vs NZ – Statistical Highlights

Mayank Agarwal's ton against New Zealand on Friday was his first since his 243 vs Bangladesh in 2019 at Indore.

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Kashmir: Ghulam Nabi Azad Emerges As Key Player In J&K With Or Without Congress

Crowds at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's recent rallies show that he will be a key player in elections in Jammu and Kashmir, when they happen.

Advertisement