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Niklaus-Samuel Gugger: Abandoned Indian kid who grew up to become Swiss parliamentarian

Niklaus-Samuel Gugger

By: Keerthi Mohan

The story of how Niklaus-Samuel Gugger grew up to become the first Indian to be elected to the Swiss parliament is not something one would hear everyday. Gugger was abandoned by his mother when he was just an infant. But fortunes turned around for the child when he was adopted by a Swiss couple named Fritz and Elizabeth, who were at the time living in Kerala. “My mother, Anasuiya, handed me over to Dr ED Pflugfelder — now deceased — just after my birth, requesting him to give me to a couple who could rear me in a better way…

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