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'Indians in UK most law abiding'

NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul says the British government has no intention to tarnish the image of Indian community.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2007 01:54 PM IST

Describing the Indian community in the UK as the "most law abiding," NRI industrialist Lord Swraj Paul has said the British establishment has no intention to tarnish the image of the community, following the alleged link of two Indian doctors to the aborted car bomb plot.

Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's remarks that no stigma should be attached to the Indian community following detention of the two doctors, Lord Paul, who is also British Ambassador for Overseas Business, described last week's incidents as "very sad".

However, Lord Paul, who is also Chancellor of Westminster and Wolverhampton Universities, assured the Asian community that "British government or the British establishment have no intention to think that there is something wrong either with the Indian community or Asian community. This is something remarkable about this country."

"The Indian and Asian community is the most law abiding in the country and it is a pity that something of this nature has happened and we are ashamed of it," he said referring to recent events where abortive attempts were made to explode car bombs in London and Glasgow allegedly involving some doctors from Iraq, Jordan and India.

Lord Paul, who was launching a new quarterly magazine "NRI Achievers" brought out by a private publishing house - BIB Media Pvt Ltd, lauded the achievements of NRIs despite several odds. "But we must admit that our next generation is far more hardworking and persevering than us. They are the product of today and they are the future. All they need is to focus and must not lose their way. Everyone of you are capable of achieving great heights."

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