From the biggest country in the world to the smallest country in the world, Europe is a kaleidoscope of adventure with skiing, caving, blue seas, great food, wines, castles and palaces, phenomenal nightlife, art, historical sites and…Indians!

Europe has huge pockets of people of Indian descent in nearly all 44 countries: almost 2 million in fact! Of all, the United Kingdom has the highest population, followed by Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Portugal, France, Spain and Russia. There are also significant populations in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The relationship between Europe and India is a very long one, but due in large part because India was under British colonial rule and a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The earliest accurate records of Indians arriving was in the UK in the 18th and 19th century when the East India Company hired many Indians to serve as crew members. The first large influx of Indian immigrants arrived at the end of World War II and the breakup of the British Empire. The 1950s and 1960s saw a number of Indian immigrants from very diverse backgrounds arrive into Europe and soon began moving into Central and Western Europe to make their name and fortune in a number of vocations.

Join us as we discover, celebrate and learn more about who we have become. Our Global Indian Europe journey has begun.

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CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

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LEARNING TO LOVE – IDENTITY OF BLM

My daughter Larra wrote this – at the time she was 6. She entered a literary competition for Black Lives Matter. She did not make it into the finals, but for me, the theme and how it was tackled by her could be a lesson that we can all learn from our children. It looks […]

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COVID AND A FORCE FOR CHANGE

“I have just lost my mother to Covid -19 and my father is in ICU and he doesn’t look good.” “I am the only son and I have four sisters. My family are very poor and the responsibility of running the house sits with me. Last month I had Covid and I was sacked from […]

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Dr Mohan Kaul joins the Global Indian Ambassadors

Press Release: On behalf of the Global Indian, it is a pleasure to announce the joining of Dr Mohan Kaul to our Global Indian Ambassadors program. Dr Kaul brings over 30 years dedicated international experience.  From setting up the Commonwealth Business Council through to hosting over 50 high-level initiatives and forums involving heads of government, […]

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OPTOMETRY AND ART – A PASSION IN BOTH WORLDS

Following my passion for a portfolio career combining optometry and art – By Tej Kahlon “You’ll never make it in this competitive industry. You’re brown and you’re a girl. Anyway, no-one wants real paintings anymore because computers can generate images from photos. My best advice is to look at other careers.” The above words are […]

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CHOOSE ART

by Blandine Martin for the Global Indian Personally, when asked what Art means to me especially in a Global Indian context, I must confess as a practicing contemporary artist, I do struggle on how to answer the question in a way that would give justice to my truth.  Art to me is not just a […]

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A plunge of the heartstrings

I was asked recently in an interview why I set up the Global Indian Series and what it means to my personal experience. It was both thought-provoking as well as illuminating to myself to actively deep-dive into my 58 country journeys so far and more than a decade long of experience of making friendships in […]

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Dreams and Immigration Guilt

Many of the global indian diaspora is dispersed through immigration. We are everywhere! Our parents and grandparents often tell stories of how they arrived in the country with nothing but a few pounds and a dream. We often laugh at this exaggerated statement but when we stop and realise the sacrifices they made, we are […]

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UNDERCOVER WITH THE FARMERS PROTEST INDIA | SANDEEP SINGH

Over the past 11 months more than 700 farmers have died under brutal conditions across the Delhi border. Many more have committed suicide in acts of desperation and others have been forced into pariah status by the Indian media or faced jail. 
Their perc…

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