chapter  3
UK – do Sikhs count?
WithJagbir Jhutti-Johal, Hardeep Singh
Pages 43

The government’s hate crime policy has been driven by historical events: increasing incidents of hate crime on the Jewish and Muslim communities, and significant lobbying efforts of these communities, who have developed effective intra-faith partnerships. The state has focused its efforts primarily on these two faiths. A year on from the attempted murder of a Sikh in a ‘revenge’ attack for the assault on Lee Rigby, the British state had still failed to grasp the negative reverberations of Islamism on Sikhs or ‘the Muslim looking other,’ as evidenced by the ‘Action against hate’ campaign (2016). British Sikhs then began to push back against the government’s ‘Abrahamic-centric’ policy, and the government responded by acknowledging the Sikh problem. In this chapter, we look at how British Sikhs have responded to marginalisation and the political discourse on Islamophobia. We look at post-Macpherson subjectivity in police hate crime recording and UK national newspaper coverage of ‘Islamophobia’, and discussions within parliament are considered in order to evaluate the question ‘do Sikhs count?’