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Population of Anglo-Indians going down in Mcluskieganj

Anglo-Indians, who have lived and flourished for six decades at Mcluskieganj in Jharkhand are no more in the majority, with their numbers going down because of inter-caste marriage and migration.



Jamshedpur: Anglo-Indians, who have lived and flourished for six decades at Mcluskieganj in Jharkhand are no more in the majority, with their numbers going down because of inter-caste marriage and migration.

Anglo-Indians, who were in the majority in Mcluskieganj township till even two decades ago, have been reduced to only 26 families, Glen Galstaun, the nominated representative of the community in Jharkhand Assembly, told reporters.
The scenario, he said, was nothing better in other parts of the state with the total number of Anglo-Indians believed to be between 5000 to 6000. Asked the reason for the declining numbers, Galstaun, a member of the governing body of the All India Anglo-India Association at Delhi, said it was largely because of inter-caste marriage and migration in search of a livelihood.
Observing that there were few job opportunities in Mcluskieganj founded by the Colonisation Society of India in 1933 for Anglo-Indians, he said many had moved away seeking greener pastures.

Asked whether the Anglo-Indian Association encouraged marriage within the community, the Anglo-Indian MLA said, "Inter-caste marriage cannot be stopped."

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