Birds of a new passage



One of the more curious global developments today is the closing, if you wish, of the British mind to immigration. Anti-immigration is now part of the policy platform of all the major political parties, though arguably strongest with the Conservatives. Britain is experiencing economic difficulties but is probably better off than many Western economies. And it isn’t race: brown and black migration peaked in then 1970s and 1980s. As surveys are showing, the largest foreign born populations in Britain today are Poles, Romanians and other overwhelmingly white groups.

Mind you, this new influx is arguably even more disconcerting for some Englishmen. I was surprised some years ago to find at a Westminister post office, in the heart of London, no one at the counter who spoke English — or at least good enough to know what a postcard was. There were Portuguese, sundry East Europeans and so on.

But Britain, whose Anglo-Saxon openness to migrants could be said to have inspired the United States, Canada and Australia, is closing shop. This is particularly striking for Indians, a nation which has seen Blighty as a symbol and icon of the desi diaspora story, even as the number of new Indian-born citizens has been reduced to a trickle.

However, Indian migration continues apace. What seems to be happening is that its direction is changing. Resource rich and thus growing nations like Canada and Australia are becoming ever more avid in bringing in Indians. Small developed nations that are not traditionally seen as part of the immigration story of India are getting a steady stream of desis. Sweden, for example, where I was told by a Swedish diplomat the single largest intake of legal, normal migrants is now Indians. Germany is also starting to see some South Asian frisson. But eastward we see Singapore and the new immigrant pact signed with India should start to have an impact in the coming years.

The biggest story remains the United States, the new Indian migration icon and the primus inter pares in the number of Indians it takes in. The H-1b visa story is probably doomed. But the new immigration reform bill, while it may not pass, nonetheless is an indication of where the US is going. The new hunt for global entrepreneurs, job creators rather than merely jobbers, permeates the bill. It would make it easier for an Indian student to become a citizen than a temporary work visa techie. Migration would continue — it might actually increase, but it would come in a different shape and size.

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  • Ravi S

    Pankaj, I have read the article, not sure what you had in mind, when you asked me to read it, interesting as it was, it broke no new News.

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  • B.V.SHENOY

    Praveen Saxenaji,
    Bharatpur is NOT on the secular radar.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    Shenoy Saab

    All these so called statutory forums like the NCW, NMC , SC/ST Commissions, all under Congress politicians or those aligned with the party have all become tools for advancing the political agenda of the Congress Party, and undermining their own credibility.

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  • Pankaj#1

    Ravi;
    Why you say, Ya Rab no wo samjhen hain…
    If you say this, I can repeat the same song. I am not communal, far from it. I have feelings for underprivilaged, as most probably, you have too. My disagreement with you start for the manner in which you present your concerns. It is always, Muslims and Dalits, and highlighting their predicament with current situation and some how or other placing blame on rest of the society, which is not correct. Lot of efforts are being made by state and federal governments, all over India, to correct the anamoly. No country can survive, if a large section of its population is deprived. Everybody understands that. The problem is, you highlight the situation, which some how or other, appears as doing of Indians, read hindus,, particularly Indian right wingers. I do not agree with this. Hence ,opposition to your way of thinking. Come out with solutions and if they appeal to me, I will be the first person to stand beside you.

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    Ravi Reply:

    Pankaj

    I have no desire to see you stand by my side.

    I prefer to see you stand on your own arguements and feet.

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  • Anonymous

    Vinodji

    I hope you read this.

    Why have the comments on your new blog closed/not allowed after just 27 comments?

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Because, “comments are free, but criticism is unwelcome”

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  • http://twitter.com/spiritualghost Saarthak

    I am posting my comment below in relation to Vinod Sharma’s latest blog post titled “Modi’s fast dilutes BJP’s anti-graft pitch” because he has closed comments there.

    Mr Sharma thinks by closing comments on his absolutely crappy piece he will escape the ire of the people. To be honest I dont think much of Vinod Sharma or his paper (its a different thing that I grew up reading Hindstan Times – but you learn as you grow), but it is important to rebut their propaganda because it does reach a good chunk of people and manages to convince at least some of them that what they read is true.

    Sharma goes on in his tirade against Modi, without ever acknowledging the stupendous achievements of Narendra Modi…even though he’s been all over the international media for that. Apparently, instructions from 10 Janpath have been to remain stuck in 2002. Its a fact that if Narendra Modi becomes PM, the “hafta” for Mr Sharma will cease to flow…but the lamp of pseudo-liberal propaganda journalism is flickering, and will soon go out. The desparation shows Mr Sharma, it certainly shows…

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    Manohar_T Reply:

    Stupendous achievements(?) without justice are no achievements.
    Got that. It is better to be a pseudo liberal than a “modi”fied bigot any day..

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    And “Justice” means pass special laws to circumvent the the SC Order on Shah Bano, it means instigating and then defending the biggest country wide Riots in 1984, standing at the doorstep of Shahi Imam for his Appeal to vote in its favour, joining hands with those suspected to hand in glove with terrorists in Kerala, sending party functionary to Batla House and houses of terrorists and run down your own police

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    Like in Bhatta Parsaul, the national Commission for Women first gave its findings saying that ‘yes, molestations, but no rape’. The NHRC too said no rapes occured.
    Now under pressure from 10, Janpath as well as the Rahul Brigade, the NCW has gone back on its findings and now it says that 7 rapes have occured!

    The minister for Child Development too has earlier informed the Rajya Sabha that no rapes took place there!!

    Vinodji seems to have bitten off more than he can chew and certainly, the responses must have been far more than he can digest.

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  • Anonymous

    Comments on “Modi’s fast dilutes BJP’s anti-graft pitch” is now open.

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    B.V.SHENOY Reply:

    But the writer’s mind is closed!

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  • Tanu Mittal

    · Nicely written.I have been in constant touch with your blog and find them really good.This is one matter which should be seriously discussed.Khaps?the word which has created quite a wave recently.Isn’t it astonishing a Khap is making some dictatorial rules for girls.What about our Law and Order.Simply banning girls from wearing jeans or using mobile phones wont stop the crimes against girls.We cant force Taliban rules on them .Awareness is necessary and the decision to stop female foeticide is appreciable but to control women in such a way is not sensible.Instead we should first change the mentality that we are having against girls.
    If rules are being made for girls then why not for boys.And that too a Khap would decide the rules to be made irrespective of what other people in the village feel.

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  • Sabrynasmith

    In the modern day everyone can easily Immigration from One Place to other Place.

    http://www.prlog.org/12109069-parallels-coupon-code-unbelievable-savings-act-now.html

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  • Soni

    Of course Indians are going to so many countries starting with jobs in the middle east and migrations and jobs to various other countries. The population is so huge that they are now falling off in the oceans. So what to do? They are leaving in hoards to anywhere and anytime. And why not, the rest of the family is there and they are making more babies……….

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  • vijay !

    WELL WRITTEN ODE

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  • Faulitics

    hmmmm.. i don’t know what to say. But i guess its an improvement on “religious identity” political nonsense.

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  • AshishC

    Keep voting for entitlement and keep wondering who failed you.

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  • Deepak Jain

    Any solution to help the poor Muslim has to be a part of a solution to help the poor in general. Else the schemes bound to fail due to existing discrimination against them, as well as due to non-achievement of intermingling.

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