20 May 2006 # PTI
Vadodara: A seven-member British Muslim delegation on a visit to India to build "mutual understanding between Islamic and non-Islamic communities," has chosen to skip Gujarat from its itinerary.
The Engaging In Islamic World Group (EIWG) delegation, on visit to India from May 15-22, would tour Delhi, Lucknow, Hyderabad and other parts of the country but not Gujarat.
Delegation member UK labour peer Lord Adam Hafejee Patel, who is on a private visit to his native Karmad village of Bharuch district refused to say why the state was excluded from its tour programme.
He said the key aim of EIWG is to "build a mutual understanding between islamic and non-islamic countries and communities and strengthen shared values".
Patel admitted that the Godhra riots were "shameful" which brought bad name to Gujarat, known for its prosperity.
During its Delhi visit, the delegation requested Union HRD Minister Arjun Singh to send an Indian delegation to UK to get first hand information on Muslims staying in the country