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Insecure in Queen’s land

In the UK, the resentment is not just against the Blacks and Browns but also against the Whites (Poles and Romanians), writes Vijay Dutt.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2008 01:24 IST
Vijay Dutt

In Britain, racism is a dirty word today. Any racist act or slur is an offence. Any racial resentment stems more from a feeling of insecurity rather than colour. Britain now overflows with immigrants — three-and-a-half million from the sub-continent alone — who are well integrated, and accepted as British.

The resentment is not just against the Blacks and Browns but also against the Whites (Poles and Romanians). Anti-immigration groups repeatedly warn that the white would be deprived of jobs, and there would be too much pressure on public services: health, housing and education.

Most recent incidents are related to resentment over lost opportunities. Recently, one Dr David Rosin in London alleged he was deprived of a promotion because his origins were in an ethnic minority. The fact is that these young doctors and highly skilled professional migrants — over 30,000 from India — are educated, qualified, and work just as hard.