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Chandigarh: According to the findings of the UK Sikh report 2016, majority of the Sikh population in UK prefer not to identify themselves as Asians .

Of the 1400 participants that took part in the survey half (48%) of the Sikhs identified themselves as British Sikhs and 13% as British. While only 8% identified themselves as Indians, 7% described themselves as Punjabi.Significantly none of the Sikh population called themselves as Asian , the word which is majorly used in media for the portrayal of the Sikh community in UK .

Though Sikhs constitute only 0.8% of the British population, they are seriously challenging all notions associated with immigrants .The Sikh community don’t view themselves as foreigners and have infact deeply immersed themselves in the culture of UK .
The Sikh youth have transformed themselves and don’t seek the traditional channels of family , religion etc. Infact the main concern  surrounding the Sikh youth is the maintenance of traditional and cultural values while engaging themselves with the mainstream culture as well. A large number of the sikh youth go out for higher education in UK .

The Sikh community in UK performs a number of charitable acts. It donates 125 million annually and devotes 65 million hours on voluntary services yearly .The community is being accepted all across the UK and advertisements featuring a Sikh youth only vouches for the fact Britain is celebrating its diverse population .

The survey also found that 53% of respondents felt that the military action in Syria was unjustified, 60% Sikh felt that immigrants created a positive impact in the UK, and 60 % felt that caste was not important.

Jasvir Singh, Chair of the City Sikhs Network – an organization that has been instrumental in preparing the report said, “All important issues ranging from Britain’s place in the world, the upcoming EU referendum, immigration, treatment of refugees, UK military action on Syria, have been touched up on in the 2016 survey.”

Source: The Times of India

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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

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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.

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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

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