Thread: Britain's Hindu community
Lauding Britain's high-achieving Hindu community, London Mayor Ken Livingstone has said that he was proud that a large proportion of the community had chosen London as their home.
Livingstone said that he would soon host a reception for young Hindu professionals to mark the contribution of the community to life in the capital. He is scheduled to visit India later this year.
Noting that the Hindu community was one of the most highly skilled and high-achieving communities, he said: "I am proud that a large proportion of the UK's Hindu community has chosen London as their home.
I have also had the pleasure of working closely with Hindu organisations on a range of events celebrating Hindu culture including the London Mela and Diwali celebrations in Trafalgar Square.
"The strong ties that exist between London's Hindu community and India and the fact that it is one of the world's most important and rapidly growing economies make it a priority for me to ensure that both economic and cultural links with London are strengthened.
"This July sees the start of a three-month season celebrating Indian culture across the capital. I will also visit India later this year and plan to open mayoral offices in both Delhi and Mumbai."
According to Dhruv Patel, chairman of City Hindus Network, "Our people make a very significant contribution to London and we are perceived as a model minority, but we rarely receive much attention".
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, held a reception at City Hall last week to recognise how much young Hindu professionals contribute to London and the wider British community. The event was the first ever held by the Mayor for the British Hindu community and was organised in partnership with the City Hindus Network and supported by the Hindu Council UK.
The Mayor paid tribute to the hard work on the London Hindu community and the strong ties that exist between the UK and India. “The Hindu Community is one of the most highly skilled and high achieving communities and it has helped shape London into the dynamic, diverse and thriving city it is today,” he said. “I am proud that a large proportion of the UK’s Hindu Community has chosen London as their home.”
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