Seeking to woo Britain's Hindu community before the next general elections, Conservative party leader David Cameron has lauded the achievements of the community and said more of its members should join politics.
Speaking at a 'Ram Katha' event addressed by Indian spiritual leader Morari Bapu in Wembley, Cameron said the Hindus' commitment to hard work, family values and patriotism found resonance in the "British way of life".
Wembley has a large Hindu population, and in 2008 Britain's first state-funded Hindu school was established in the London borough. Britain's Hindus constitute the third largest religious group after Christians and Muslims. Heaping praise on British Hindus, he said the members of the community "don't just contribute to our society.
You shine a light on how we must live". Cameron's party has an image problem within Britain's Asian community, which feels more comfortable with the policies of the Labour party.
In recent years, Cameron has been trying to win over the Asian community, particularly in view of his party's high ratings and Labour's continuing political woes. In 2006, Cameron addressed a similar Morari Bapu event in Leicester.