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Census Case Study, Hindu Council UK transcript

Karan Kashyap, Spokesperson, Hindu Council UK:
Hi my name is Karan Kashyap. I am a British Indian Hindu, born and raised in the UK.

Question card:
What does the Hindu Council UK use the census data for?

Karan Kashyap, Spokesperson, Hindu Council UK:
So since the introduction of the Hindu tick box in the 2001 Census we’ve been able to use the census data for political representation and this has allowed us to further promote and represent our religious beliefs.

For example, we are now able to recognise Hindu last rites at crematoriums for Hindu funerals.

And at a more local level Hindu Festivals such as Diwali are now recognised across the UK.

Question card:
Why is it important that your national identity and religious belief is accurately represented?

Karan Kashyap, Spokesperson, Hindu Council UK:
Our cultural identity and religious beliefs are important and they should be accounted for.

And unless we are accurately represented in the census, we may not be able to participate in decisions that directly impact our community.

When filling out the census, you can type in your nationality and your ethnicity and in return, this will give a more accurate representation of what the Hindu community looks like in the UK.

Question card:
What language support is available if English isn’t your first language?

Karan Kashyap, Spokesperson, Hindu Council UK:
You can call the language helpline and you’ll be put through to an interpreter who can guide you through the process.

Question card:
Why will you be filling in the census?

Karan Kashyap, Spokesperson, Hindu Council UK:
It’s important that we do complete the census so that you as an individual are accurately represented.