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About Western India
Western India is a loosely defined region of India consisting of its western part. The Ministry of Home Affairs in its Western Zonal Council Administrative division includes the states of Goa, Gujarat, . . .
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The surprising violence in multicultural Leicester
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... She was surveying incense stick makers in an urban slum in Western India in 2006 when she found that they grew bored with the usual questions about wages...
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... Desperate situation June, and Leslie Webb, both 77 years of age, with underlying health conditions, back to Southend, Essex, in Goa, Western India...
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The surprising violence in multicultural Leicester
For decades, Leicester had a reputation as a model for cohesion - But The recent unprecedented unrest between groups of Hindu and Muslim men has raised difficult questions for a place that prided itself on its multiculturalism.
Firstly, there was The into two independent Dominions - India and Pakistan - which saw The eruption of deadly Religious Violence , and left between 10-12 million people displaced. And Then , there was The 1948 British Nationality Act - which gave every Commonwealth citizen The Right to move to The UK.
Many people, whose lives had been disrupted by partition, heeded calls from their former colonial ruler to help rebuild The UK and start new lives.
From The 1950s, Indians and Pakistanis came to Leicester through so-called chain Migration - Via previous Family Members or villagers who were already settled in The City . Leicester was attractive - it was prosperous and had jobs available at employers like Dunlop, Imperial Typewriters, and The large hosiery mills.
Most came from Punjab - a region stretching across modern-day northern Pakistan and north-Western India . They were Sikh, Muslim and Hindus - who had seen The Effects of partition and religious Hatred - and worked together in Leicester , often through The City 's Indian Workers Association, to campaign on Issues of race and to fight for equality.
By The early 1960s, wives and children from The Indian Subcontinent had joined their husbands. And Then - in The Middle of The Decade - East African South Asians, predominantly Gujaratis, began to arrive. They had faced increasing restrictions as places previously under British rule or Protection - Such as Tanganyika and Zanzibar, which became Tanzania, and Kenya - gained independence.
When Ugandan Prime Minister , Idi Amin , expelled Asians in 1972, Leicester City Council anticipated more arrivals. It took out adverts in The Ugandan press discouraging refugees, with a right to settle in The UK, from making The City their destination. But still people came, with many of The East African Asian community starting their own successful businesses - including in retail, hosiery and manufacturing.
Emeritus Professor of Sikh and Punjab Studies at SOAS University of London, Gurharpal Singh , has lived nearly all his life in Leicester - After arriving from Punjab in 1964. His father was a manager at The Walkers Crisps factory in The City .
The far-right group's High Point came in The 1976 local election, where they came within 61 votes of victory in Abbey Ward, and gained 18% of The total vote across The City . Throughout The Decade , The anti-racist fight back saw British Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus Working Together . But on The Streets , at times, there were clashes between anti-racists and The National Front .
The Local authority embraced The Promotion of religious and cultural activities. During The Decade , Leicester became a city of Asian festivals marking Diwali in The Belgrave area's " Golden Mile" with crowds of thousands - as well as Eid and Vaisakhi.
Prof Singh recalls " random attacks" by Sikh militants in Leicester in 1984 After Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 's armed forces stormed The Sikh shrine, The Golden Temple , in Amritsar - Leaving hundreds dead.
In 2002, Prof Singh watched on TV as events unfolded in Gujarat, in Western India - After a fire on a train carrying Hindu pilgrims killed More Than 50 people. Riots followed - and More Than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were murdered in one of The worst cases of communal violence between Hindus and Muslims since Indian Independence in 1947.
" Those were The First riots [in India ] covered in Real Time by The global media on 24 hour news, " he tells me - recalling that in Leicester some took to The Streets . " There certainly were widespread demonstrations in support of The Victims , But no violence. "
The Rise of The BJP has fostered A Brand of nationalism among The diaspora, he says. " The Party is popular among Leicester 's Gujarati Hindu community which manifests in The outlook and politics of The community. "
And Then , he says, there are more local challenges for some in Leicester 's South Asian communities - including The new arrivals. High deprivation and unemployment and social Issues - with The City experiencing segregation of communities.
Some tensions in Leicester had been brewing for a while, he says - and while it is still unclear what sparked The recent unrest, which has seen dozens of arrests, " what is surprising is The magnitude of violence. In Leicester it has never got to The Point of confrontation before. "
Footage featured Masked Men pulling down religious decorations and banging on people's windows in Hindu-majority areas. One video appeared to show A Man climbing onto The Roof of a Hindu Temple and pulling down a religious flag, another showed a flag being set alight.
While in predominantly Muslim-populated streets, footage appears to show The slogan " Pakistan Murdabad" - Meaning down with, or death to, Pakistan - being chanted After The Pakistan -India cricket match at The End of August. " Jai Shri Ram" - Meaning glory or victory to Hindu's Lord Rama - has been heard more recently.
Fake information and misinformation - deliberately intended to mislead - are also being spread and exploited on Social Media .
Instigated by small factions in different South Asian communities here and globally, The posts use incidents in Leicester in an inflammatory way to further fuel tensions. The unrest reportedly being further stoked by influence from outside The City .
Leicester has seen many waves of Migration , But this new violence between small sections of British South Asian communities is alarming. Such scenes between Hindus and Muslims is extremely rare in The UK - especially in Leicester . Many locals, including families who have now lived in The City for several generations, are shocked and disturbed by what they are witnessing on their streets.
" It is very disappointing, " says Prof Modood, " that one of The cities where multiculturalism had taken root has had these scarring events. "
Source of news: bbc.com