A recent British survey into attitudes towards immigrants of different origins has shown that Bharatiya immigrants are perceived positively, in sharp contrast to Bangladeshis and Pakistanis who are viewed negatively.
YouGov asked 1,668 UK adults whether immigrants from various parts of the world had made a positive or negative contribution to British life. While immigrants from Bharat received a healthy positive figure of +25, their South Asian counterparts are in negative territory. Bangladeshis have a net figure of -3. Pakistanis fare even worse at -4. Net figures are calculated by taking away the figure for “negative contribution” from the figure for “positive contribution”.
Bharatiya immigrants, who are mostly Hindu & Sikh, were viewed almost as positively as Polish immigrants who had a net figure of +28. Besides Pakistan and Bangladesh, other immigrants who were viewed negatively are – Somalia (-21), Romania (-18), Nigeria (-11). Australians (+45) are the most liked immigrants to UK, followed by the Irish (+40).
While Bharatiya immigrants are highly-educated and entrepreneurial, Pakistani and Bangladeshi immigrants are mostly in blue collar jobs and poorly integrated with the larger British community. According to 2010 data, Bharatiyas in the UK are far more likely to work in higher-skilled professional jobs than Bangladeshis and Pakistanis, and a higher % of Bharat-origin women are economically active.
Apart from the lesser economic contribution of Bangladeshi and Pakistani immigrants and their greater reliance on state welfare, the other obvious factor which contributes to their negative rating is radical Islam which has taken deep root in many Muslim neighbourhoods of UK and led to street sharia gangs in many of these ghettos.
Terror attacks in London by home-grown jihadis and the sex grooming gangs of Pakistani-origin men that have been busted in Rotherham, Telford etc – all of this requires serious introspection by the British-Muslim community, Indians included (lets not forget that Kafeel Ahmed, an Indian-origin engineer and PhD student, was behind the botched Glasgow airport attack). Rioting by Pakistani-origin men such as the 2005 Birmingham riots probably didn’t help create a positive image either.
Of course, such hard facts from an independent survey, are just not palatable to toxic, anti-Hindu websites like Scroll.in – while reproducing an article on the survey, they couldn’t help twisting the headline to make it appear that the survey reflected prejudice against all immigrants!
If only, Indians (read Hindus) had been ranked lower in the survey, Scroll and its ilk would have happily celebrated those some ‘attitudes towards immigrants’.
Govt. of UK still uses colonial stereotypes for Bharat & Hindus
While this survey is a testament to the hard work, discipline and positivity of the Bharatiya community in UK, we must not lose sight of the fact that racist & colonial attitudes towards people from Bharat still persist in UK, and have in fact increased since Brexit. UK also provides a fertile breeding ground for radical #BreakingIndia forces such as Khalistanis and Kashmiri separatists. And the Hindu community is still demonized by the UK as demonstrated by their support for missionary NGOs and a divisive caste law which seeks to reinvigorate caste consciousness and perpetually vilify all Dharmik communities.
So while we should welcome the results of the survey, we should also ask the citizens of UK to wake up to the anti-Hindu actions of their Government, which essentially mirror the US deep state.
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