Indians are thriving in Britain and the Indian community makes an immense contribution to the life, economy and culture of this country. The mass immigration of earlier years may have seen Indians corner the "corner shop" market, but the emerging generations are a totally different force. In all walks of like, from the Film and Entertainment Industry, to Politics, Medicine and the City, British Indians are emerging as strong leaders, successful entrepreneurs, tastemakers and wealth creators.

At the start of the 21st century, British Indians are sitting comfortably at the top of the Times rich list as well as Top of the Pops. When Pop Idol Gareth Gates teamed up with the cast of the Kumars to record the old spiritual "Spirit in the Sky", it was an indication that the Indian community was at ease with being British, and Britain was at ease with the Indian community. It wasn't just the tune that was catchy, the exuberance spread across cultural divides.

Indians are at the forefront of British culture. West End audiences are clamouring for tickets to Andrew Lloyd Webber's sell out musical hit Bombay Dreams. In the literary world, best-seller lists are littered with Indian authors such as Arundati Roy, Rohinton Mistry and Meera Syal. Cinemas are packed to see Brit-Asian films such as Bend it Like Beckham, The Guru and Monsoon Wedding. Indian food has finally achieved the gourmand status with any number of first class establishments gaining coveted Michelin stars. Indians have ever integrated into most British institutions.

Over 800,000 people of Indian origin now live in Britain, with well over a third born in the UK. The richness and diversity the Indian community brings to Britain is a valuable force. The community reinforces the key values in British society, the importance of family life, the improvement of our children through education, industry and enterprise. The results are plain for all to see: young people of Indian origin are going on to further and higher education in ever greater numbers; greater representation in the professions; a growing number of successful Indian business men and women and entrepreneurs. The present generation has achieved much. And we will work to ensure the future generations build on that success.

The British Indian Association is committed to building a society in Britain where all individuals, whatever their race, colour or ethnic background have equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities. We must all play our part in improving community relations in this country.

The British Indian Association is about changing perceptions through communication. We aim to bring together people of different cultures to share ideas, experiences and network. The British Indian Association promotes and celebrates the success of the Indian community in Britain by uniting as a community to reinforce the positive identity of British Indians. Our message is simple: Proud to be a British Indian. Proud to be in Britain.