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Now, an A-List of the most successful Asians in Britain

Distinguishing itself from the Rich List, this A-List includes successful professionals from a plethora of fields in the United Kingdom.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2003 12:20 IST

An Asian barrister in Britain has come up with a novel list of forty most successful British Asians from various fields. Distinguishing itself from the annual "Rich List" which comes out every February/March, this "A-List" enlists actors, entrepreneurs, fashion designers, plastic surgeons and a plethora of other professionals who have made it big in Britain.

Says compiler Rehana Azim, one of UK's first Asian barristers, "This is not a poorly-researched Rich List, but a striking piece of living history revealing something very interesting about modern Britain."

The list includes well-known names like writer Ayesha Dharkar, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, solicitor Imran Khan, entrepreneur Pinki Lilani, newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy, TV producer Parminder Vir OBE, first Asian deputy High Court judge Rabinder Singh and Vijay Patel, one of the richest Asians in Britain.

But there are other, lesser-known names like journalist and BBC news presenter George Alagh, first Asian pop star in Britain Biddu, youngest engineering professor O Anwar Beg and first female Asian engineer Parveen Khan.

Azim has collated the list for her website, Britain's Asian Assets. She says, "This list of influential movers and shakers who help make up Britain's infrastructure does the immigrant proud. No matter what form their success has taken, everyone on this list is an integral part of the culture of modern Britain and forms part of the backbone of major British institutions."

Dr Carol Apt, a sociologist specialising in minority cultures, thinks the list was overdue. "First-generation Asian immigrants have shown themselves willing to go to great lengths to instil in their children the importance of educational and professional achievements."

There are a few sceptics, though. Nitin Sawhney, a songwriter included in the list, said, "This list does put Asians on the map of Britain's achievers, but it is just so sad that it is something that has to be said."

Imran Khan, one of the most noted Asian solicitors, said that the ethnic minority person who survives on the streets of Bradford is far more a hero and an inspiration that "I am".

First Published: Dec 25, 2003 21:33 IST