British Hindus APPG

First Registered: 21/11/2018 • Last updated on: 17/11/2021

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To support and promote the interests of British Hindus to Parliament; to encourage political parties in the UK to actively engage with the British Hindu community; to consider campaigns and issues on behalf of British Hindus; to press for more government engagement with the Hindu community; to highlight and acknowledge the exceptional and significant contribution of the British Hindu community in all walks of life.

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Recent Documents related to British Hindus

1. British Hindus
21/11/2018 - APPGs

Found: To support and promote the interests of British Hindus to Parliament; to encourage political parties

2. Afghanistan: country policy and information notes
21/02/2020 - UK Visas and Immigration
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Found: 3.3 Emigration (and return) of Sikhs and Hindus ................................ ..........

3. Statements by Dr Abhijit Sarkar
28/04/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: Dr Abhijit Sarkar to ease the unrest among British Hindus and Indians to ensure that there is no impact

4. Armed Forces and Hindu communities celebrate Raksha Bandhan
12/08/2016 - Ministry of Defence
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Found: the Raksha Bandhan festival is very clear. For Hindus serving in the Armed Forces, Raksha Bandhan holds

5. Kashmiri Hindus and World Refugee Day
16/06/2021 - Early Day Motions

Found: people; highlights the special case of Kashmiri Hindus (Pandits) who continue to live as refugees in their

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Recent Speeches related to British Hindus

1. India: Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019
25/02/2020 - Grand Committee

1: pointed to changing attitudes. The British, for example, favoured Hindus after the 1857 rebellion as assisting - Speech Link
2: they will be predominantly non-Muslim—they will be Hindus, Parsis or Sikhs, but not Muslims. It is possible - Speech Link
3: citizenship.India is the historical home of Hindus and Sikhs, and it is these minorities who have - Speech Link

2. Recent Violence in India
03/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Foreign Secretary is in Turkey today.The British high commission in New Delhi and our extensive - Speech Link
2: “India for the Hindus.” The CAA has generated nationwide protests by Muslims and secular Hindus, prompting - Speech Link
3: As recently as mid-February, officials from the British high commission raised our concerns about the impact - Speech Link

3. India: Persecution of Minority Groups
12/01/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: persecution currently being experienced in India by non-Hindus is very worrying and disturbing.I talked - Speech Link
2: Christians, those who are Muslims, and those who are Hindus.This move bears worrying similarities to - Speech Link
3: is integral to India—80% of the population are Hindus—and it is the most wonderful religion. Those who - Speech Link

4. Pakistan: Aid Programmes and Human Rights
02/07/2019 - Grand Committee

1: 70 years later, Pakistan’s Ahmadis, Christians, Hindus and minorities, such as the last 4,000 remaining - Speech Link
2: religious minorities, especially Christians and Hindus.In Pakistan, most of these minorities are - Speech Link
3: are subjected to unspeakable violence. Where is British aid money being spent? Will Her Majesty’s Government - Speech Link

5. Religious Intolerance and Prejudice
17/10/2018 - Lords Chamber

1: memorial to the Holocaust here at home. Leading British architect Sir David Adjaye has been appointed to - Speech Link
2: convergence of attacks on Jewish, black and Muslim British citizens all at the same time. I am not aware of - Speech Link
3: marginalised are, in some way, not considered to be fully British. Anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh - Speech Link

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Recent Questions related to British Hindus
1. British Nationality: British Overseas Territories
asked by: Baroness Lister of Burtersett
17/11/2020
... what the process is for doing so.

2. British Nationality: British Overseas Territories
asked by: Baroness Lister of Burtersett
13/08/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government what rights to enter the UK will be accorded to Hong Kong residents who were British Overseas Territories citizens until 1997.

3. British National (Overseas): British Nationality
asked by: Baroness Northover
29/06/2020
... how many years it is proposed that BNO status holders and their dependants will have to be continuously resident in the United Kingdom before being eligible to apply for ILR.

4. British Nationality
asked by: Lord Alton of Liverpool
10/11/2020
...To ask Her Majesty's Government whether British Nationals (Overseas) can include any years they have spent residing in the UK under a Tier 4 or Tier 5 visa towards the residency criteria in an application for indefinite leave to remain under the new pathway to citizenship.

5. British Nationality
asked by: Alistair Carmichael
27/01/2021
... 2017 and 2018 were victims of trafficking.

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5 Current APPG Officers
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Bob Blackman MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 7082.

Email: bob.blackman.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Mayuri Parmar, Parmar Advisory, Telecom House, Preston Road, Brighton BN1 6AF. Tel: 07903 820 435

Email: Mayuri.parmar@parmaradvisory.co.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the British Hindus APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the British Hindus APPG

Former APPG Officers
Lord Dholakia Portrait
Lord Dholakia
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 5th November 2019
Mike Gapes Portrait
Mike Gapes
Secretary
The Independent Group for Change - Former Member for Ilford South
Joined: 5th November 2019
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships
Matthew Offord Portrait
Matthew Offord
Vice Chair
Conservative - Hendon
Joined: 21st November 2018
Departed: 23rd October 2019