Sunni Muslim Vohra Patel

Sunni Muslim Vohra Patel
Vora Patel or Vohra Patel (vohras) is a Sunni Muslim Patel community located in Gujarat, India, primarily in the Bharuch District.
The villages and main town in Bharuch where Vohras reside are not as heavily populated as they once were, as many have been seeking greener pastures and can be found all over the world, from the Middle East to Europe to Australia and America.

The UK is home to the largest population of Vohras outside of Bharuch. Vohras also known as Bharuchies initially settled in the mill towns of Lancashire where many still reside in large numbers. Although primarily situated in the mill towns of Blackburn, Bolton and Preston, there are also large communities in Dewsbury,Leicester and parts of East London. Many Vohras moved to East London during the early eighties as mills began to shut down during the Thatcherite period. These communities are now well-established although the communities in Lancashire have the higher profile in England.

Vohras also begun to migrate to North America in early eighties and large communities are now found in Chicago in the USA and Toronto in Canada.

Common dishes of Vohras include kitchry kury and daar-gosht and chawal, which is lentils, meat and boiled rice. Though the first and second generation in England are beginning to acquire taste for continental cuisine.

The expatriate community in England is coming under scrutiny as they, like many new arrivals in England appear not have integrated with the indigenous community or with the other Muslim communities. They are known to marry only with in their community, have their own cemeteries, community centres and masjids. However this too is changing as many of the initial settlers are returning to Bharuch on retirement or have died, leaving second and third generations who are more religious,but inward looking.

There are many positive contributions made by the vohras in England and back home.Vohras have set up their own associations in their host countries which continue to fund physical and mental well being of those that they had left behind.In particular the villages and towns of Bharuch have been transformed by the money sent back. However, they are also criticised as they have not used their new-found wealth to set up businesses, factories or educational institutions in Gujarat.These would have benefited the Vohras, Muslim and wider Gujarati communities by providing long term, self-sustaining employment and advancement opportunities.

It is widely thought that neglecting business and educational needs has led to a dependency culture and over dependence on going abroad. The able and enterprising do not stay but move abroad as soon as they can. Vohras have become exporters of people from Bharuch.
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