Riots of a “Modern” Country

It was all triggered Thursday, August 4, 2011. British Police killed 29-year-old family man Mark Duggan for no clear reason. This proximal cause led to mini riots spreading all through London and its surrounding areas. Youth are looting the high streets, burning down businesses and cars, and smashing building windows. This is no ordinary violence. The causes of such unrest have been long coming.

These riots are taking place in a country where “the richest 10% of the population are more than 100 times as wealthy as the poorest 10% of society” (The Guardian). The poor have never been poorer; the rich never richer. Minorities have been disenfranchised and pushed to the sidelines of the economy. Social mobility is at a halt.

People all across the world are glued to their TV’s and twitter accounts, checking up on the latest news from the London riots. These modern day riots are affecting various communities all over England. It is now day 4 of these riots and there are no signs of stopping. The forces are actually getting larger, some places holding around 2000+ angry rioters. Sixteen thousand police officers have been dispatched to guard the London streets. Almost 700 arrests have been made.

Since London is a very heavily Sikh populated area, about 100 Sikh men and youth stand outside the famous Southall Gurdwara with the unmatchable support of our women. Their efforts to protect the Gurdwara bring hope to the Sikh population of a destroyed London city.


Lets support our boys across the pond. Keep posted on your news straight from Southall via Sangat TV.

Mister Sikh Next Door

3 Comment

  1. “The poor have never been poorer; the rich never richer. ”

    Please can you give reasoned argument, cite a relevant source or give data to support this argument. I imagine the working-classes of 19th century Britain or the British rural classes of last millennium would vehemently disagree with such a statement.

    “Social mobility is at a halt.”
    I should mention this to my parents, they are completely unaware of this. They came to the UK from dire circumstances in the Punjab (my father was orphaned at the age of 10, my mother’s family were refugees from partition), they worked factory jobs for 30 years, they bought a small shop (rather like the ones being looted and burnt), they worked from dawn to dusk, they sent all their children to university (who are all now working in “middle class” jobs, living “middle-class lives). Oh well perhaps we were the fortunate few and this immigrant narrative is not shared by others, but hang on a minute nearly all my peers share similar histories!! We benefited from the institutions that were fought for by working-class people (public education, NHS etc) and that currently being eroded by the Neo-liberal policies that seem to have engulfed the world. However, thankfully, people have choices in the UK, these institutions (though perhaps not on par with Sweden or Germany) provide choices, education does provide social mobility, hard work can lead to better living conditions for the next generation.

    BTW it is because the Kaurs are defending their homes and families that the Singhs can defend the streets (solidarity to our brothers and sister!!) you could give them a mention!!

    1. Kaurista Sewadar says:

      Dear Kaurista Reader,

      Thank you for your comment. I understand that you have some criticism of the article, but we did use the following article published by The Guardian as a source to supplement the article —
      The article reads “recent research suggesting that social mobility has stagnated” and “the government has failed to plug the gulf that existed between the poorest and richest in society in the 1980s.”

      I apologize that the statements in the article came off harsh and perhaps a bit out of context. I thank you for bringing first-hand accounts to our attention. We would love for you to elaborate and submit a piece about your experience as a UK Sikh to

      Guru Fateh,
      Kaurista Sewadar

  2. Naujawani Sardar says:

    Many of those rioting are not poor, but are opportunistic looters out to steal what they can. Two of those charged today – amongst the first since the riots began – were a teacher and a graphic designer. Those rioting share at least one trait: they lack respect for property and authority.

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