BRITISH SURVEY INTO HINDU IDENTITY
(1 March 2006)
Hindu Forum of Britain in partnership with the Runnymede Trust are
conducting the first ever UK research project aimed at understanding
the issues and aspirations of today's Hindu youth, women, elders
and community organisations in areas including access to public
services, education, health, employment, funding, regeneration,
integration, cohesion and equal opportunities. Sponsored by the
Home Office, the survey will also conduct research by into the question
of the British Hindu identity.
consultation will seek the views of Hindus from the South East,
the Midlands and the North through eight focus group meetings, online
questionnaires and phone surveys. The findings of the research will
be released by the Home Office in Summer 2006 and distributed to
public service agencies, Government Departments, Local Councils
and other stakeholder groups to help them in planning community
led voluntary and community organisations have struggled to deliver
tailored services to the community and moreover, a legacy of inequality
and stereotyping has left the Hindu community isolated and, with
a limited capacity to engage with other communities or to address
their own problems. As a result of this and the constant demand
from Hindu organisations and community leaders from across the UK,
the Home Office commissioned this project.
of concern in the Hindu community surround:
of generational gaps which discourage young Hindus from playing
an active role in voluntary organisations. There are also issues
surrounding their identity, 'Britishness' and links to their countries
of origin or those of their forebears.
surrounding women's health, careers, education, equal opportunities,
domestic violence, divorce and single parent families need to be
understood. Often community infrastructures do not exist to deal
with many of these pressing concerns.
from the Hindu community face a number of myths and stereotypes
about their roles within the family and patients and carers are
not accommodated in the formal system of care because it is often
felt that for Hindus. these services are either inaccessible or
inappropriate to their culture specific needs.
organisations within the Hindu community are often the only source
of support and provide extremely useful services to the community
but they suffer from a lack of resources. As a result, Hindu groups
often remain unable to participate in or influence decisions directly
Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain said:
"Although community organisations have an understanding of
the range of issues and problems faced by Hindu, there has been
no credible in-depth research conducted with a view to identifying
priority areas for Government engagement. Unless, the Government
has credible data and information collected and analysed about the
community, giving due importance to regional variations and cultural
diversity within the community itself, it will be difficult to allocate
resources in the future in a manner that will be effective, productive
and beneficial to the grassroots community."
final report is expected to be completed by the Summer 2006.