Sunny Hundal

Sunny Hundal is a writer from London, UK. Since 2001 he has built many of the biggest websites in Britain serving south-Asian Brits, and writes about European politics, identity and extremism. He tweets as @sunny_hundal.

Articles by Sunny Hundal

There are a few similarities between Catalonian and Indian independence movements

The lesson Catalonia can take from India’s freedom struggle isn’t just one from Gandhi but from what happened afterwards. Partition showed how easy it is to turn neighbours into enemies
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Updated on Apr 11, 2019 02:40 PM IST
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What does the murder of a Canadian desi say about our culture?

Mahatma Gandhi once said the true measure of a society is found in how it treats its most vulnerable members. Can we Indians truly put our hands on our heart and say that women are treated fairly in this land?
A file picture of Jassi Sidhu with her husband Mithu Singh. In June 2000, Jassi’s body was found next to a canal. Punjab Police allege her mother gave the final order for her death in a telephone call from Canada.((Photo courtesy: Mithu’s family collection))
A file picture of Jassi Sidhu with her husband Mithu Singh. In June 2000, Jassi’s body was found next to a canal. Punjab Police allege her mother gave the final order for her death in a telephone call from Canada.((Photo courtesy: Mithu’s family collection))
Updated on Sep 28, 2017 06:14 PM IST
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Planning to study in the UK? Think twice

The British may have the top universities, but they also offer the most student-hostile government in the world
In 2010 around 40,000 Indians were studying in Britain. In just 6 years that number has fallen to less than 17,000 a year.(Shutterstock)
In 2010 around 40,000 Indians were studying in Britain. In just 6 years that number has fallen to less than 17,000 a year.(Shutterstock)
Published on Sep 09, 2017 06:00 PM IST
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Abusive British-Indian husbands make their wives’ lives hell

Last week, as Indians were celebrating 70 years of Independence, a group of women in London held a protest demanding their own freedom. Hundreds of women find themselves abused and exploited because the husband can easily cancel his partner’s visa, leaving his wife in limbo.
I feel disgusted that British-Indian men are exploiting women for their money; I feel angry that UK law makes it easy for abusive men to put women’s lives in jeopardy and Indian law makes it very difficult for women to divorce these fraudsters.(Getty Images)
I feel disgusted that British-Indian men are exploiting women for their money; I feel angry that UK law makes it easy for abusive men to put women’s lives in jeopardy and Indian law makes it very difficult for women to divorce these fraudsters.(Getty Images)
Published on Aug 21, 2017 05:45 PM IST
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Why the Indian government must help Italian Sikhs

Over the last 20 years, thousands of Indian Sikhs have migrated to Italy for work. Most found jobs in Italy’s dairy farm industry. And now they face a crisis of faith.
Just a few months ago an Italian court ruled that Sikhs were not legally allowed to wear kirpans (the ceremonial Sikh dagger), even for religious reasons.(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)
Just a few months ago an Italian court ruled that Sikhs were not legally allowed to wear kirpans (the ceremonial Sikh dagger), even for religious reasons.(Sameer Sehgal / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 04, 2017 05:07 PM IST
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Is a child worse off being alone, or growing up in a different culture?

A Sikh couple in Britain has sued officials for denying them the right to adopt a white child on the grounds of differences in cultural heritage and background
Isn’t it better for an orphan to find a loving and stable home than wait for a couple of the same background?(Shutterstock)
Isn’t it better for an orphan to find a loving and stable home than wait for a couple of the same background?(Shutterstock)
Updated on Jul 07, 2017 12:17 PM IST
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Democracies can be strengthened by equal representation in Parliament

The UK Parliament reflects the country’s racial and religious diversity better than most western countries. India, a more diverse nation, has one of the most unrepresentative parliaments
Two women wearing burqas clicking photographs opposite the Houses of Parliament, London, Britain, June 7, 2017(REUTERS)
Two women wearing burqas clicking photographs opposite the Houses of Parliament, London, Britain, June 7, 2017(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 23, 2017 06:25 PM IST
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Why India can be a world leader in clean energy

India is the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world. Indian cities dominate the list of the most polluted on the planet. Renewable energy can not only transform thousands of villages and towns across this vast country, it can put also India on an accelerator into the future.
Five year ago solar companies in India were producing a kilowatt-hour for Rs.7. It’s now down to Rs.2.44 - even cheaper than coal.(Praful Gangurde/ Hindustan Times)
Five year ago solar companies in India were producing a kilowatt-hour for Rs.7. It’s now down to Rs.2.44 - even cheaper than coal.(Praful Gangurde/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 10, 2017 12:42 PM IST
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Why Britain is failing to protect itself from jihadi terror

The problems are manifold: the government’s counter-terrorism policy is in tatters and barely works; the opposition parties are incapable of holding them to account; and British Muslim organisations are unwilling to provide the leadership their communities need.
Participants of a Rally in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack in St Anne's Square in Manchester on May 25, 2017.(AFP)
Participants of a Rally in memory of the victims of the Manchester terror attack in St Anne's Square in Manchester on May 25, 2017.(AFP)
Updated on May 26, 2017 09:27 PM IST
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Why NRIs are still important influencers for Modi’s India

Non resident Indians or NRIs have always been integral to the image and power of India abroad. Our traditional role was seen as ambassadors: to represent its culture and heritage, tell the world about India and explain the news from back home. But the new PM has taken his message to the world himself. He has visited foreign countries with an unusual and frenetic pace. So what role can NRIs play now?
Modi has tapped into NRI money and power in a way no PM has done before(AFP)
Modi has tapped into NRI money and power in a way no PM has done before(AFP)
Published on May 12, 2017 04:40 PM IST
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Hindutva mobs flex muscles against Muslims. Sikhs, Christians should speak up before it’s too late

India’s religious minorities have always been suspicious of Hindutva, aware that one day they could be on the receiving end of its intolerance. That day is arriving faster than they realise.
Sikhs in attendance during a vigil in honour of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot and killed in the USA.(REUTERS)
Sikhs in attendance during a vigil in honour of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot and killed in the USA.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 15, 2017 06:00 PM IST
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If Britain wants good trade ties with India, it cannot say no to Indians

Britain cannot reap all the benefits of globalisation without facing the difficulties that come with it. They are two sides of the same coin
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his British counterpart Theresa May, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, November 7, 2016(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his British counterpart Theresa May, Hyderabad House, New Delhi, November 7, 2016(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 15, 2017 08:26 AM IST
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This is how we can defeat Islamic State: Keep calm and carry on, like Britain | Opinion

Britain’s response to the Westminster attack is a sign it is finally having a mature debate on terrorism, rather than being driven to panic as its tabloid press is prone to do.
Participants in the Women's March, on Westminster Bridge to remember victims of the March 22 attack, London, Britain(REUTERS)
Participants in the Women's March, on Westminster Bridge to remember victims of the March 22 attack, London, Britain(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 01, 2017 12:50 PM IST
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A weak Left has lost space to leaders like Modi, Trump, Netanyahu and May

Right-wing populists are successful because they are better at building an emotional connection with voters, while the Left makes nuanced arguments. The Right shows clarity of purpose and a determination to succeed. Naturally, the Right is going to win
The likes of Narendra Modi, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Theresa May and others are popular because they offer reassurance and national confidence at a time many feel uncertain about the world(Reuters)
The likes of Narendra Modi, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Theresa May and others are popular because they offer reassurance and national confidence at a time many feel uncertain about the world(Reuters)
Updated on Mar 22, 2017 02:15 PM IST
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Trump should share the blame for hate crimes in US

Trump’s strongest supporters don’t care for the difference between Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims or other minorities. They believe their nation needs to be preserved as it used to be: white and Christian.
White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, US, February 23, 2017(REUTERS)
White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, US, February 23, 2017(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 03, 2017 08:56 PM IST
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Resisting Donald Trump is essential for Europe’s survival

The anti-immigration and anti-globalisation wave that elected Donald Trump and drove the UK out of the European Union will cause havoc elsewhere. In Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Austria, Hungary, etc, there are Trump-clones trying to ride the same wave. They hope he will drive Europe further towards their kind of politics. I suspect the opposite will happen
US President Donald Trump (right) with British Prime Minister Theresa May, White House Oval Office, Washington, January 27(REUTERS)
US President Donald Trump (right) with British Prime Minister Theresa May, White House Oval Office, Washington, January 27(REUTERS)
Updated on Feb 18, 2017 09:20 PM IST
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Punjab is in dire straits and needs the Kejriwal disruption

There is little point blaming others for this mess. Punjabis aren’t easily manipulated puppets at the mercy of outside forces. What lies at the heart of its problems is the political establishment that has milked it dry. The stench of corruption is turning everything into dust.
Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses an election rally at Shahkot in Jalandhar. Whether the AAP can fulfil all its promises or not, it is clear that Punjab’s political establishment needs shock therapy.(PTI)
Aam Aadmi Party National Convener Arvind Kejriwal addresses an election rally at Shahkot in Jalandhar. Whether the AAP can fulfil all its promises or not, it is clear that Punjab’s political establishment needs shock therapy.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2017 08:42 AM IST
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Is India copying Pakistan’s tactics in silencing liberal voices?

Indians may point a finger at Pakistan but people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Hindu groups in India too have started copying the same tactics. And if it isn’t the Hindus then Christians, Sikhs or Muslim groups are at it. People have the right to be offended. They should even have the right to protest. The lessons for Pakistan and India aren’t that different: Without “offensive” liberal and secular voices India would rapidly degenerate into a Hindu autocracy
A mature democracy isn’t just one where insults to national symbols are ignored, but one that protects them under the law. It is one where the freedom to insult religion is as fiercely guarded as the freedom to practice it(Vipin Kumar?HT)
A mature democracy isn’t just one where insults to national symbols are ignored, but one that protects them under the law. It is one where the freedom to insult religion is as fiercely guarded as the freedom to practice it(Vipin Kumar?HT)
Updated on Jan 21, 2017 01:01 AM IST
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From US to Britain and beyond, democracies are slowly being destroyed

After a year of intense turmoil and uncertainty across world, the unstoppable march of democracy seems to be crashing into the immovable opinions of angry voters. Like a train crash in slow motion, democratic norms are being ripped up across the western world. It’s important that Indians pay attention and learn from these mistakes
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A participant throws a piece of paper reading "Trump and Brexit" into a trash can to be shredded during "Good Riddance Day", New York City, December 28, 2016. Good Riddance Day is an annual event held in New York City for people to shred pieces of paper representing their bad memories or things they want to get rid of before the New Year.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 07, 2017 12:25 AM IST
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Indian woman’s mysterious death in Britain: Why doesn’t anyone care?

Dozens of women from Britain have been taken to the Indian subcontinent and just “disappeared”. Both the Indian and British authorities tend to ignore such cases
The tragic story of how Seeta Kaur, a young woman from east London who married a man from north India and died in mysterious circumstances, is still largely untold
The tragic story of how Seeta Kaur, a young woman from east London who married a man from north India and died in mysterious circumstances, is still largely untold
Updated on Dec 27, 2016 08:04 AM IST
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Despite Trump and Brexit, the West is heading in the opposite direction

Europe and America may look like they are retreating inwards for now but liberals have time on their side
Demonstrators supporting Brexit protest outside of the Houses of Parliament in London . At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.(REUTERS)
Demonstrators supporting Brexit protest outside of the Houses of Parliament in London . At first glance, the election of Trump, Europe’s problems and UK’s vote for Brexit represent a shift against immigration, globalisation and liberal ideals. The wider picture, however, looks a bit different.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 10, 2016 12:48 AM IST
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Hindus, Sikhs should not be delusional about alliances with neo-Nazis

White nationalists only care about white power. They hate what the modern world has become, and Indians are a big part of how the world has been shaped. We are their natural enemies, not their potential friends
As neo-Nazi nationalist groups have grown in popularity across Europe and the United States, some Hindu groups have started to see them as allies against a common enemy: Muslims (file photo).(Reuters)
As neo-Nazi nationalist groups have grown in popularity across Europe and the United States, some Hindu groups have started to see them as allies against a common enemy: Muslims (file photo).(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 25, 2016 10:54 PM IST
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Modi and May must bring closure to the events of 1984 riots

Shining a light on the attack on the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the planned anti-Sikh massacres that followed doesn’t need to be a religious or political issue. It is a human rights issue
You don’t have to be a “Khalistani” to call for justice for the Sikh victims of 1984. Shining a light on the attack on the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the planned anti-Sikh massacres that followed doesn’t need to be a religious or political issue. It is a human rights issue(JS Grewal/HT)
You don’t have to be a “Khalistani” to call for justice for the Sikh victims of 1984. Shining a light on the attack on the Golden Temple, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the planned anti-Sikh massacres that followed doesn’t need to be a religious or political issue. It is a human rights issue(JS Grewal/HT)
Updated on Nov 09, 2016 06:25 AM IST
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Three questions Modi must ask Theresa May during her forthcoming India visit

The British PM is more concerned with showing Britons they will do fine without the EU than a trade deal with India. India is being used as a prop to cover up the problems the Conservatives are facing after the Brexit vote.
The British PM is more concerned with showing Britons they will do fine without the EU than a trade deal with India. India is being used as a prop to cover up the problems the Conservatives are facing after the Brexit vote(AFP)
The British PM is more concerned with showing Britons they will do fine without the EU than a trade deal with India. India is being used as a prop to cover up the problems the Conservatives are facing after the Brexit vote(AFP)
Updated on Oct 29, 2016 08:48 AM IST
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The message from Britain is clear: Indians are not welcome anymore

Britain’s new Prime Minister Theresa May is set to deeply shake the economic and cultural ties between India and the UK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, at the G20 summit, Hangzhou, China. (File Photo)(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, at the G20 summit, Hangzhou, China. (File Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Oct 20, 2016 01:31 AM IST
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Religious fundamentalists hate but imitate each other

Bigotry is dangerous because it isn’t about connecting with God; it is obsessed with taking power. Someone who believes they have God on their side doesn’t worry about the potential of doing evil.
A scene in Ahmedabad in 2002. We rarely see religious fundamentalism build up around us until it is too late. We rarely ask where it comes from, much less how it becomes so powerful.(HT File Photo)
A scene in Ahmedabad in 2002. We rarely see religious fundamentalism build up around us until it is too late. We rarely ask where it comes from, much less how it becomes so powerful.(HT File Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2016 08:26 PM IST
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A misplaced zeal for purity

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Published on Sep 17, 2016 09:40 AM IST
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The rise of Sikh fundamentalism in Britain

The increasing number of wedding disruptions is part of a trend towards intolerance among some British Sikhs. There have been no such protests in America or Canada, where millions of Sikhs live, where they are more integrated
The protesters have their own double-standards too. If the Rehat Maryada was followed to the letter then only Amritdhari (baptised) Sikhs would be allowed to marry at a Gurdwara (Representative photo)(REUTERS)
The protesters have their own double-standards too. If the Rehat Maryada was followed to the letter then only Amritdhari (baptised) Sikhs would be allowed to marry at a Gurdwara (Representative photo)(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 16, 2016 08:58 PM IST
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Europe’s fight against extremism and its lesson for India

The fight against religious extremism isn’t one between religions, but one between the fanatics and everyone else. India should learn from the mistakes that Europe is making to avoid doing the same.
The fight against religious extremism isn’t one between religions, but one between the fanatics and everyone else.(AP File Photo)
The fight against religious extremism isn’t one between religions, but one between the fanatics and everyone else.(AP File Photo)
Published on Sep 04, 2016 09:42 PM IST
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Revitalise the idea of India

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Published on Aug 22, 2016 12:17 PM IST
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