Tories for `new special relationship` with India

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 14:19

London: Riding high in opinion polls, the
Conservative party has promised a `new special relationship`
with India and support the country`s bid for a seat in the UN
Security Council, if it comes to power in the May 6 elections.

In its election manifesto released by its leader David
Cameron on Tuesday, the Tories, trying to woo voters of Indian
origin, said the party would strive for closer friendship
with India.

It also committed to "work towards greater stability
in Afghanistan and Pakistan" and support India`s bid for a
seat in the UN Security Council.

The Party leader Cameron made his first overseas visit
as leader of the party to India in 2006 and has been in close
touch with the Indian community, extolling the `Hindu way of
life`.

He has often addressed large gatherings of Indian
spiritual leader Morari Bapu in Britain.

The manifesto says: "Our approach to foreign affairs
is based on a belief in freedom, human rights and democracy.

We are sceptical about grand utopian schemes to remake the
world. We will work patiently with the grain of other
societies, but we will always support liberal values because
they provide the foundations for stability and prosperity".

Speaking at a recent `Ram Katha` event addressed by
Morari Bapu in Wembley, Cameron said the Hindus` commitment to
hard work, family values and patriotism found resonance in the
"British way of life".

Wembley has a large Hindu population, and in 2008
Britain`s state-funded Hindu school was established in the
London borough.

Britain`s Hindus constitute the third largest
religious group after Christianity and Islam.

Heaping praise on British Hindus, he said members of
the community "don`t just contribute to our society. You
shine a light on how we must live".

Cameron said: "Hindus are the most family-orientated
community in Britain. You are more likely to stay married,
keep your families together and especially look after your
elderly.

"While maintaining their religious and cultural
traditions, British Hindus have consistently shown, through
their service, their patriotism, their contribution to our
society, that they are truly British too".

Picking on research conducted by the respected
Runnymede Trust titled "Connecting British Hindus", Cameron
supported the growing demand that Hindus in Britain should be
called "British Hindus" or "British Indians" and not "British
Asians".

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 14:19

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