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Hinduism in Wales is of relatively recent provenance, with the bulk of Welsh Hindus having settled there in the second half of the 20th century. There are today around 5,000 Hindus in Wales.[1]

Origins

Most Welsh Hindus are of Indian origin, or at least from neighbouring countries, such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Many of these came after Idi Amin's expulsion from Uganda in the 1970s, and some also came from South Africa. There are also a few of Indonesian origin.

Many of these in turn are from the Punjab. Common languages amongst them, other than English include Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu and Gujarati.

The Hindu Cultural Association (HCA Wales), established in March of 1991, is a Registered Charity with the Charity Commission of England and Wales. It run by the Indian community in Wales and aims to both serve the pan-Indian community as well as helping the integration of the Indian community into the wider community.[2]

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References

  1. Multicultural Wales bbc.co.uk, accessed 10 January 2009
  2. About us indiacentre.co.uk, accessed 22 Nov 2009

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