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Indian Christians in UK forming own churches

world Updated: Jun 30, 2010 00:35 IST
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Indian-origin Christians who feel unwelcome in mainstream churches in Britain are forming their own small churches where they sing and pray in Hindi, Gujarati, Tamil and Punjabi to the accompaniment of 'dhol' and other instruments.

Ram Gidoomal, a prominent member of the Asian community and chairman of the South Asia Forum, told PTI that there were at least 200 such small churches founded by disenchanted Christians across Britain as a response to feeling of rejection.

He said there were nearly 75,000 Christians with origins in the Indian sub-continent in Britain, and many of them felt unwelcome in mainstream churches. New migrants add to the congregations, particularly those from Kerala.

"It is important that mainstream churches welcome those who come from different cultures. There are churches who allow a song or two in Hindi or Tamil, but there are many Asian Christians who feel unwelcome," Gidoomal, who unsuccessfully contested the London mayor election in 2000 on a Christian People's Alliance ticket, said.

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