Shocked at the recent report published by prestigious University of Bristol on religion and ethnicity, Hindus have called on European Union to probe into the reported blatant discrimination prevailing in United Kingdom (UK) labor market.
Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was highly disturbing to note that “non-White people in England and Wales are likely to be educationally and occupationally disadvantaged because of their skin colour or religious background”, as pointed out in this report.
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that University press release issued on June 29 based on the report, also indicated that “White people generally have more successful careers than other ethnic groups”, while “Christian Black Africans, Hindu Indians and Jewish White British have the highest proportion of people aged 16-24 in full-time education”.
Rajan Zed argued that ethnic minorities had been crying discrimination for quite some time and this report appeared to have augmented their belief that non-White people in Wales and England suffered because of their ethnicity or skin color.
The report goes on: “The level of disadvantage experienced by minority groups appears to be dependent on whether the specific culture is seen as compatible with, or ‘alien’ to, mainstream culture”…“Among women, all groups, with the exception of Jewish White British women, fare worse than Christian White British women in the labour market”
Zed said that British society needed to do some soul searching and play the fair game in the labor market. The brazen discrimination pointed out in this report should be immediately brought to an end. Skin color and culture (religion) should not be the factors in hiring and promotion and it was perturbing to see this report pointing that these were the “main mechanisms that operate to reinforce disadvantage among some groups or facilitate social mobility amongst others”.
This report titled “Ethno-religious Background as a Determinant of Educational and Occupational Attainment in Britain” by Dr Nabil Khattab from the University’s Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship (with Prof Tariq Modood as Director) drew on almost one million records.
Internationally distinguished University of Bristol, which is celebrating its centenary this year, is a world leader in research. Ranked as one of the top ten in UK, it reportedly receives more applications per place than any other British university. Professor Eric Thomas is the Vice Chancellor. It alumni include Prince of Monaco Albert II, Nobel laureate scientist Paul Dirac, Oscar nominated actress Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie), etc.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents and moksha (liberation) is its ultimate goal.