What do British people think about India and Indian people?




Graeme Shimmin, I am British.

The average Briton's view of India:


1.India is a great place to go on holiday but it's a bit too far away. Could you move it a bit closer please?

2.India has monsoons and elephants. Elephants are good. Monsoons aren't good as the rain is even worse than it is here.

3.India is very, very hot - even hotter than Spain.

4.There are a lot of people in India. Maybe like a billion or something.

5.Most of them work in call centres - probably about three quarters of a billion.

6.The ones who don't work in call centres are beggars or computer programmers or Bollywood dancers.

7.There are no proper roads, just massive traffic jams, and everyone beeping their horns like mad as they sit in the jam.

8.Everyone sits on the roof of the trains too.

9.There are weird looking cows everywhere. Indians worship them or something.

10.They make films in a place called Bollywood. They're all musicals. The music is OK but the acting is dreadful and there's no story.











11.Some Indians write books and they usually win the Booker Prize.

12.Indians are good at cricket, but terrible at football. They have another weird game where the teams hold hands and chant or something.

13.Indians have Who Wants to be a Millionaire too.

14.Gandhi was from India. We aren't really sure what he did but it was good and involved lots of wise sayings and him being shot at the end.

15.Indians have arranged marriages which is a bit odd. Indian girls are all hot though, and Indians wrote the Kama Sutra, so it probably works out ok.

16.Curry is from India. Mmmmmm... curry :-)







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Please read this section before commenting

1.There are hundreds of comments on this answer, many making the exact same point: these views are inaccurate stereotypes. Please read the existing comments before berating me once again about how wrong I am. I realise these opinions are not in any way accurate.

2.If like dozens of other commenters you think British people should know more about India ‘because of the Empire’: it's three quarters of a century since Britain left India. Todays teenagers think the 9/11 attacks are irrelevant ancient history - the British Empire is about as real to them as the Roman Empire.

3.Before telling me once again how ‘dumb’ British people are, ask yourself how much you know about Switzerland or Brazil. If you’re anything like the hundreds of other people who have commented, you know even less about Brazil than the average British person knows about India.

4.That’s the whole point: all over the world people know little about foreign countries and the few things they do know mostly come from movies. Britain and India are no exception.







Dawn Rutherford Marchant, Born American. Married British. Citizen of UK since 1997.

I am American married into a British family and living in England.

My opinion is that their feelings are mixed. They know they have done wrong during the time of Empire, but it is so long ago that it does not burden them personally. I think the reality of the Empire for most Brits is in their day-to-day dealings with Indian people living in their country.

Older Brits are more racist and I think they hanker after the days when their country was more powerful so still retain a respect for Empire. They look upon dark skinned people with a good deal of negativity. Younger Brits are open minded (at least the educated ones who are all I know). They see the tremendous work ethic and intelligence of Indians and respect it. Saying that, there is still prejudice. Within the NHS that are many, many Indian doctors and it bothers people. This is especially true if they have an accent.

I don't feel that the British feel any particular responsibility towards India as a result of their behaviour there. In fact, many (most?) feel what they did was a contribution --- that the good administration in India is a result of the British Empire (I've heard this many times). At the same time, I do think the Brits favour Indians over other foreign nationals. They feel an affinity for India in the same way that Americans feel an affinity for Britain.






Jack Gowan, studied Psychology at University of Sheffield

I have travelled through India for several months a few years ago. My observations:

The good:



1.Amazing nature. Himalayas are spectacular and one of the most (maybe the most) beautiful place in the world. Rajasthan (amazing deserts) Assam, Kerala are also stunning etc.

2.Outstanding temples and palaces.

3.Indians have a unique culture and are mostly warm friendly people who are keen to meet with westerners and discuss all manner of things (often intellectual).

4.The 1000s of places to practice yoga and take part in spiritual conversations.

5.Indian music. I loved listening to all the songs while I was travelling around India. I have a great memory of being on a jeep listening to this mesmerising Indian music while looking at the Himalayas (I think it was a Bhajan). I liked it everywhere.

6.Mango lassi. Super sweet Chai.

7.The food! All the varied Indian street food. The curries. The desserts.

8.The spirituality of the place. There is something in the air. Amazing experiences staying at an ashram. Amazing spiritual people.

9.The exciting hustle and bustle of being in an Indian city. Cows and other animals walking around the city centres.










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