re: the thread on the BNP and winning seats on the platform of "too much" immigration "threatening" the "ethnic culture" of a society. We have Syrian Christians in India. We have Bene Israel, Parsis, Iranis, Anglo-Indians, Pathans. All these people came as immigrants at some point in history going back thousands of years and in many cases continue to follow their own cultural and social systems which they brought with them. Yet, they are now more Indian than any representative of the societies to which they owe their origin. Reading about the "multiculturalism" dialogue going on in Europe, its surprising to me as an Indian that there is an atmosphere of threat perceived by individuals who see a "way of life" under seige. As the inhabitant of a country that has seen invasions from eons and lived centuries under foreign occupation, its my perception that if your "culture" is relevant to your society, it will survive regardless of any influx. If not, it won't. Most people in eastern cultures do not expect "foreigners" to change their way of life since they believe that foreigners are representatives of their own way of life even if they immigrate. But the question of assimilation seems to play a massive role in western society, which is quite surprising since I cannot recall any instances where the British, for example, immigrated and abandoned their way of life. What is the reason for these unrealistic expectations from immigrants?