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First Generation Indians have been associated with the British since the beginning of the colonial rule of India in the seventeenth century. Initially, a few personal servants and (nannies) were brought home by returning officers of the East India Company. Queen Victoria, for example, had several Indian servants, the most notable one being Abdul Karim who came to England in 1887 after the Golden Jubilee. He was promoted later to be her munshi - a teacher of Hindustani. The Queen became proficient enough to greet visiting Indian Maharanis in Hindustani (Visram, 1986: 231).

Sinha (1984: 12) sums up the changing position of women in India: 'From a purely subservient and dependent role in the traditional family system, she has begun to contribute to family earning. ' A comment of a Sikh woman is very poignant of most first generation Punjabi women's plight (Ghuman,1994: 18): Page 21 Firstly I was a Guluam (slave) to my father's wishes, followed by my brothers', then my husband's and after his death my sons'. When will I be free? We are human beings, too. Men have tea, beer, gossip, laugh and joke in their spare times, but us .

From a western point of view, an individual who fulfils her or his role with the family, biraderi and community, does so at the cost of individual freedom. However, most Pakistani themselves, including the younger generation, do not see the matter in this way. ' In our interviews with the second generation, we were struck by the sacrifices of the first generation. A Sikh mother told us this story: My father left us in the Punjab in 1960all five of us with our mother. We had our kinsfolk who helped my mum, but she took all the responsibility.

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