The early roots of the Indian diaspora in the UK are not about the storied success of the Hinduja brothers or celebrated economist Lord Meghnad Desai. Rather it lies in Indian sailors – the lascars – and the soldiers – faujis – of the World Wars, and the many hardworking labourers attracted to jobs in post-war Britain. These are very much the profile of most irregular Indian migrants in the UK today, many of them Sikh youth.
The French city, bordering the English Channel, is a symbol of the tension between Paris and London and the crisis in Europe as a whole. The dismantling of one refugee outfit here just made an already thorny issue pricklier.
The average L-1 visa denial rate to Indians is far higher than the average, according the latest NFAP report. This has serious implications for Indian IT professional as well as the global technology industry as a whole, while raising disturbing questions about American protectionism
It’s time to review the policy on overseas Indian affairs – India must draw a clear line between NRIs who are Indian citizens and PIOs who are foreign nationals.