By Nasreen Ali, Virinder S Kalra et al
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Sayyid cities like London, Birmingham and Liverpool the concept of a locally invoked institutional racism was added to the exigencies of urban antiracist lexicons, though not the national concerns of a parliamentary vocabulary. Despite some gestures to social change and some useful equal opportunity developments introduced in local government, the voluntary sector and the police, by the beginning of the 1990s racism was no longer an issue that could be raised publicly, even in the watered down version of prejudice.
So Babu Mohammed helped get a passport that would specifically allow me to travel to holy places in the Middle East, but could only be used to travel to other countries if it was stamped by a Pakistani embassy. I took a ship to Iraq, eventually arriving in Baghdad. I got the Pakistani embassy there to stamp my passport allowing me to travel to Walayat. I was helped by some of Babu Mohammed’s contacts to catch a flight to London. On the aeroplane I wore my best suit, I had a five pound note in my pocket and a paper with addresses given to me in Karachi by Babu Mohammed.
Indb 34 15/12/2005 08:39:15 The ‘Asian’ in Britain Avtar Brah The presence of Asian and other black people in Britain has added a new dimension to discussions about ‘culture’, ‘politics’ and ‘identity’. This chapter is an attempt to identify how, and in what ways, the various debates acquired saliency during the different phases of black settlement in Britain after the Second World War with particular emphasis on the period between the 1950s to the 1980s. It examines how the figure of ‘the Asian’ was constructed in different discourses, policies and practices; and how these constructions were appropriated or contested by the political agency of Asian subjects.
A Postcolonial People: South Asians in Britain by Nasreen Ali, Virinder S Kalra et al