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Brits would rather have been born Indian
Dipankar De Sarkar, Hindustan Times
London, May 03, 2013
First Published: 02:17 IST(3/5/2013)
Last Updated: 02:20 IST(3/5/2013)

History really has come full circle. Buffeted by a near-triple dip recession, a whopping third of all Britons say their economic prospects would have been better if they had been born in India.

In fact, it seems Brits would rather have been born in India than anywhere else!

After six years of economic hardship, 32% of people surveyed in a year-long ‘Future of Britain’ study named India as their preferred country of birth, with the figure rising to 36% among 16-24 year-olds.

India beat off not only the other major emerging economies, but the US too. Cool Brazil was the choice of 29% of those polled, followed by Russia (28%), China (27%) and the US (26%), according to the study conducted by the communications agency OMD UK.

“Certainly, the view here is that among the growth economies, India is doing rather well,” Chris Worrell, the author of the study, told HT.

“It’s not that people are rushing to exit England, but there is a sense of people being aware that Britain is no longer the power that it was economically, and that growth will be driven by new economies.”

The study reveals a nation in survival mode, with 41% expecting the 2-5 more years of recession.

But young Britons emerge as far less pessimistic than 35-55 year-olds: “Younger people are more outward looking and receptive to other cultures,” said Worrell.

However, rather than being defeatist, the slump is bringing out British qualities last seen during World War II – people are saving more, eating out less, buying only necessities, cancelling gym memberships, selling off possessions and taking up second jobs.


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