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Now this community is mostly the second and third generation descendants of "twice-over" immigrants from the former British colonies of East Africa, Portugal, and Indian Ocean Islands.
Most of them despite being British Subjects had restricted access to Britain after successive Immigration acts of 1962, 19.
These were the beginnings of first real British involvement with India that eventually led to the formation of the British Raj.
India becoming the predominant IT powerhouse in the 1990s has led to waves of new immigration by Gujaratis, and other Indians with software skills to the UK.
His description of Gujaratis was:...a certain race which eats nothing that has blood, never kills any living things... if they were baptized, they would all be saved by the virtue of their works, for they never do to others what they would not do unto them.
and for its institution of Nagarsheth ("head of the guild assembly"); a 16th-century Mughal system akin to medieval European guilds which self-regulated the mercantile affairs of multi-ethnic, multi-religious communities in the Gujarati bourgeoisie long before municipal state politics was introduced.
Gujaratis form almost half of the Indian community who live in the UK (1.2 million).
Cities with significant Gujarati populations include Leicester and London boroughs of Brent, Barnet, Harrow and Wembley.
There is also a small, but vibrant Gujarati-speaking Parsi community of Zoroastrians present in the country, dating back to the bygone era of Dadabhai Navroji, Shapurji Saklatvala and Pherozeshah Mehta.
Gujaratis first went to the UK in the 19th century with the establishment of the British Raj in India.
Prominent members of this community such as Shyamji Krishna Varma played a vital role in exerting political pressure upon colonial powers during the struggle for Indian Independence.
Gujaratis have achieved a high demographic profile in many urban districts worldwide, notably in India Square in Jersey City, New Jersey, in the New York City Metropolitan Area, United States, as large-scale immigration from India continues into New York, The United States has the third-largest Gujarati population after the United Kingdom.