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RSM Leicester hosts event to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

RSM Leicester hosts event to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month

RSM Leicester hosted an office event on 7 July to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month.

Approximately 50 people attended the event from the firm’s East Midlands offices, as well as clients.

The event was an opportunity for the region’s business community to learn more about British South Asian heritage, UK history and diversity in modern Britain. Four meeting rooms in the Leicester office were transformed to represent the four biggest countries in South Asia, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Traditional games, entertainment, and food were also provided to showcase the best of South Asian culture.

South Asian Heritage Month began in 2020 as an annual event. It aims to improve social cohesion, showcase what it means to be South Asian in the 21st century and celebrate the diverse country that Britain is today. The month begins on 18 July, when the Indian Independence Act 1947 gained royal assent from King George VI. It ends on 17 August, when the Radcliffe Line was published in 1947, which finally set out the border between India, West Pakistan, and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).

Sheetal Sanghvi, tax partner and regional lead for the EmbRACE network at RSM UK, said:

‘Migration has changed Britain irreversibly. UK streets do not look the same now as they did in previous generations and the South Asian community is one example of how immigration has built Britain. South Asian influences can be found across the UK, from our food and clothes to our music and even the words we use. The various communities have contributed their labour, culture, patriotism, families, religions, and languages to the great British history in a society where cultural heritage can often be downplayed. I am incredibly proud that RSM has hosted this event to explore South Asia’s wonderful, rich history.’

Kevin Harris, RSM’s office managing partner in Leicester, said:

‘It was brilliant to all get together, not only to celebrate South Asian Heritage Month but also to gain a better understanding of South Asian history and culture, which has clearly had a profound impact on our country. This event is just one of many strands that support RSM’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.’

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