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Is Multiculturalism failing in Britain?

Updated on October 2, 2012

First of all, I would like to clarify that I am not anti Islamic. I have as many Muslims friends as friends of other faiths and religions. I came to UK around 3 years ago. What I like most about UK and specially London was its cosmopolitan culture. I could see people of all religion living in harmony and I found Britishers to be very sensitive towards feelings of people with other faiths. In some cases, they were too much over the board to be politically correct. While people from other faiths were never shy of showing the signs of their religions, British Christians, specially white were too shy to wear christian cross over their shirts which I found quite amusing.

Muslims burning poppies at  Remembrance Day
Muslims burning poppies at Remembrance Day

Although I found most religion getting more tolerant, Islam on the other hand is getting more radical day by day. I had never seen citizens of any country crying to burn their war heroes to be burn in hell until I came to UK. It was quite shocking for me to see radical Islamic group 'Muslims against Crusades' burning poppies and shouting 'British soldiers die in hell'. I was Royal Albert Hall and I could see tears rolling down the cheeks of friends and relative who came there to remember their heroes who laid their lives serving the country.

While I was seeing this, I asked one of the many people burning poppies and shouting, 'why are you doing this? Are you not British?' That guy in thick beards looked at me in anger and said, 'No, we are Muslims. They have killed thousands of our brother in Iraq and Afghanistan and we will not allow anyone to honor them'. I could not again stop myself from asking, 'which brothers, Taliban?' And came the answer-'Yes'. And before I could ask anything else, his anger intensified in his eyes, and I thought its better not to disturb him anymore.

Muslims against Crusades burning Poppies on Remembrance day

Some days later, I was in a fish and chips shop run by a British Pakistani. I started talking to him in Urdu. Our discussion drifted towards, US -Iran tension. The moment this topic started, this guy became exited and he was not pleased with me favoring US and NATO in fight against terrorism. However I asked him why he is disturbed as he is a Britisher now and even if his roots are in Pakistan, he should be least bothered about Iran or Palestinians. I was again shocked when he said that he is not British, he is only a Muslims. In my last three years, I have met more than 100 Muslims and I had never heard any of them considering themselves Britishers first and Muslim later. And some them were not against Taliban or any other Islamic terrorism. Those who were opposing them were not as strong with their words as I was expecting. For example, they were like 'yeah, those are bad people but then again they were made by American and western forces to fight Russia.'.

It is not only Muslims..

Last year, I went to Southall with few of my friends. I was told that its a mini sub continent and indeed it was like a mini India or Pakistan. Although I found a sense of togetherness between Hindu and Muslims there which is rare to find in subcontinent, I could still see them to be more aligned to subcontinent than to Britain. This was in terms of liking, or which is better place to live or to questions like where they will like to die. For most of these question, their fingers pointed back to sub continent. However honestly I found these feelings less in younger people who looked more British to me.

Next month, I went to see a match between Indian and England and I found the same sentiments. England were clearly outnumbered by people cheering for India. And the same happened when Pakistan toured England. I could see few comments in BBC pointing the same phenomenon.

Other countries are not lagging behind..

Since I like to talk a lot with strangers, I have chatted with people from every nationalities like Ghana, Nigerian, Iraqis, Iranis, middle east and people from eastern Europeans. Almost in 80% of the cases, I found their sentiments similar. However, most of them never want to go back to their countries. Some of them want to go back only after saving lots of money. Some of them want their children to settle here and want themselves to go back when they retires.

So is it just the prospect of getting a good job and earning good money which brings them here. I dont know..

So, although UK, specially area like London, Manchester and southern England are mostly a cosmopolitan place with people from all nationalities living together, it seems there is still a big cultural divide. This divide need to be filled up as soon as possible if UK wants it multiculturalism to flourish and help in national growth. And if this divide is not filled up then, its going to cost a lot much;hints of which we are already seeing now.

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    • navneetjha profile imageAUTHOR

      navneetjha 

      4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Max -- I believe you have not read last 2 sections of my hub.. Its definitely not one sided..

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      4 years ago from USA

      Your view is one-sided. You are telling me that ONLY muslims behave in such a way, don't they? How come foreigners like you are as, if not more, intolerant than the well-bred Brit? Before insulting a religious minority why not check if yours is irreproachable, that way people like me won't have any weapon to prove you wrong?

    • navneetjha profile imageAUTHOR

      navneetjha 

      4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hi Max... I believe you are going over the board... I am just tying to present my view and the view of a country who is accepting the people from outside and giving them all the facilities but got getting their loyalties. I being a Hindu, muslim or christian does not make any difference.. However, I respect your views as well... Isnt that what a democratic country does?

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      4 years ago from USA

      You are racist. Because you are hindu, you are therefore against muslims especially if you come from Pakistan or India where the religious divide is exacerbated.

      I guess you are different from the majority of immigrants? You came to England for leisure, pleasure and culture, didn't you?

      The fact that you embody the US and NATO's views and behaviours says it all about your intolerance and naivety. If England accepted them, why can't you? After all, they were Indians (hindu majority) that raped and killed girls and women, weren't they? I can't stand extreme muslims that kill for religious purpose, but so do hindus!

    • navneetjha profile imageAUTHOR

      navneetjha 

      4 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      I saw some people got offended with the title, I have changed the title..however the morale of story remains the same.

    • navneetjha profile imageAUTHOR

      navneetjha 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hi Joe,

      I dont know what you are trying to prove here. I have seen Muslims protesting to implement Sharia in UK.. How can any sensible person support that? I dont care what British policy was 50 years old. I live in present and today they are one of the most fair society in the world..

    • Comrade Joe profile image

      Comrade Joe 

      6 years ago from Glasgow, United Kingdom

      We have a ruling class in Britain, and I don't think it consists of many Muslims or people of colour for that matter. Our system is fundamentally exploitative and consequently imperialistic and racist. Those are the dominant British values. Therefore, I don't think muslims or anyone else ought to pander to that. They should seek to change it.

      You say people should respect the law of the land, well the law of this land used to allow slavery, child labour and many other aberrations. It took people fighting the change the law of the land, instead of blindly respecting and adhering to it like a subordinate and subservient animal. Our system gets better only where ordinary people strive to change it. I'm not a religous person and would rather it out of politics but I recognize that Muslims are often at the forefront of the anti imperialist struggle and that is something worth respecting.

    • navneetjha profile imageAUTHOR

      navneetjha 

      6 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Hi Joe,

      Yes, I am an Indian and a non muslims. Also I am an immigrant like others. Does that means I should not see the negative aspect of the immigration? I would have written the same even if I have been a Muslims or the extremist were of my religion. Dont you think we should rise higer than religion and respect the law of land where you are living. And who is opressor here? and Who is opressed? I think its the other way around the way you think.

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      Comrade Joe 

      6 years ago from Glasgow, United Kingdom

      Even if we were to suppose everything you have written is true. What is the link between any of those phenomenon and Britain being an Islamic country, or on the way to becoming one? There is none.

      It is frustrating to find some immigrants (eg an Indian) who fail to recognize that they with other immigrants have more cause to be united than fractured. As an often persecuted minority and often of the same class your interest is a common one, but instead segments of one section of the oppressed group joins forces with the oppressors against their fellow oppressed - something this hub is indicative of.

    • maxoxam41 profile image

      Deforest 

      6 years ago from USA

      Tell me what is your religion? Hindu? Now if I had to entitle your text as is Britain becoming hindu? Don't you think that you are pushing to racism? And secondly, your wording is tendentious!

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