Letter: Racist immigration

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Sir: Yasmin Alibhai-Brown asks white Britons to confront their history ("We are all too busy rewriting our histories", 4 November). She is particularly scathing about Scottish and Welsh colonialists.

Like Ms Alibhai-Brown, I too lived in East Africa in the 1960s. I can recall the Patel and Sikh clubs of the Indian community, which were every bit as exclusive as ours. I can also recall that the Indian community treated the African population with the same degree of indifference as we did.

It is also worth recalling the Indian sub-continent's caste system, the violence caused by religious differences, the paternalism that exits in Indian families.

Ms Alibhai-Brown says we must review our cultural heritage. Quite so.

R THOMPSON

Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire

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