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Hindus are happiest people in UK: Study

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London: A study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK has found that people belonging to the UK Hindu community are the happiest people in the country. The ONS study analyzed happiness and personal well being of more than 300,000 people over three years, between 2012 and 2015.

Here are the highlights of the report:

  • The average happiness rating was 7.38 out of 10.
  • Hindu community scored 7.57 for happiness, well above the average and also highest among all communities.
  • Christians stood second with a score of 7.47.
  • Sikhs and Buddhists scored 7.45 and 7.41 respectively; Jews scored 7.37, which was just below the average.
  • Muslims were the unhappiest people among major religious communities. Their happiness rating was 7.33.
  • People who chose ‘any other religion’ scored 7.26.
  • People who belonged to ‘no religion’ were the unhappiest people in UK. They scored just 7.22.
  • The study also measured life satisfaction, worthwhile, and anxiety. The Average rating for life satisfaction, worthwhile, and anxiety was 7.5, 7.8, and 2.9 respectively.
  • Average anxiety rating was highest in the age group 45 to 59 years. Lowest average ratings for life satisfaction and happiness were also recorded by the same age group.
  • Highest average levels of personal wellbeing were shown by people in the age group 65 to 79.


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Ethnic Indian Jai Sears responds to complaint against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada

Jai Sears wrote in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier

Mahatama Gandhi, leader of non violence

Jai Sears from Grenada, Caribbean has written a letter to editor in response to complaints against the statue of Gandhi in Grenada. Here is the text:

I write in response to a letter on Mahatma Gandhi entitled “Dustbin of history” written by Josiah Rougier and published in the Grenada newspaper, The New Today (Nov 3, 2017). In his letter, Rougier is asking the Government to remove the bust-statue of Gandhi which overlooks Sauteurs Bay in Grenada where East Indians arrived 160 years ago. Rougier’s opinion is based on the false notion that Gandhi was racist because the Mahatma reportedly considered Indians to be superior to black Africans when he referred to the latter as “kaffirs.”

Gandhi was only 27 years old when he made that contextual statement. If Rougier had done his research, he would have found that Nelson Mandela said: “Gandhi must be forgiven for these prejudices in the context of the time and the circumstances.” The quote can be found in “Gandhi the Prisoner” by Nelson Mandela published in 1995. Gandhi was a man; he was not god. And even god made mistakes.

In favour of Mahatama Gandhi
Photo of Jai Sears

Rougier must instead focus on the Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest and his belief in satyagraha which inspired rebels and revolutionaries around the world. Gandhi’s ideas influenced leaders of the African National Congress and the struggle by Indians and blacks against white apartheid rule in South Africa. From as early as 1956 when he was 27 years old, Martin Luther King, Jr. referred to Gandhi as “the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change.”

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Following the success of his boycott, King contemplated traveling to India to deepen his understanding of Gandhian principles. The fact is that Gandhi saw people of all races, castes, colours and creeds as equal which led to his assassination by a Hindu fanatic in 1948. So who is this unknown Josiah Rougier? Is he as illustrious as the great Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King? And is he disagreeing with his possible heroes?

A friend to all.
Jai Sears
Grenada, Caribbean