I do remember somebody asking - I must have been about seven or
eight years old when somebody did ask me "Are you Catholic
or Protestant?" And I really hadn't a clue. And they asked
me "What football team do you support?" And I said I don't really
watch football. Then they would ask me "Okay, what school do you
go to?" and okay it was Coolnafrankie and it was a Protestant school.
So okay you are Protestant then.
Narrator - Raman Kapur:
During the Troubles the Indian community kept a low profile. The only person to die was Mrs. Asha Chopra in 1974. Her son, Vishal, was five at the time.
What happened to us that one day in September changed the lives
of myself, my little sister, my dad, my grandfather, my grandmother
and all who were connected with us because I think Mum was a lovely
person and I didn't think she should have been taken away at the
tender age of 25. Nobody really realised Mum had been shot - just
her head went on the steering and all I remember was blood. And
at that time I don't think anybody would have thought Mum. They
might have thought she was shot but nobody thought she was going
to be dead. We later found out that she had been hit in the middle
of the eyes and her brain had been dead. And she was about eight
months pregnant at that time, so I think everybody was trying to
save the child and everything, but it was all just in vain. And
we did know at that time that there was a policeman who had been
shot, had been shot in the arm, and that the bullet had passed his
arm and struck mum on the head.
I don't think he will forget that day - ever. Just like I would never forget that day - ever. God love mothers because everybody needs them and for somebody to just lose their mother like that, it's a terrible shock, because mothers are not, ever replaceable. I feel Northern Ireland is a beautiful country and it has a lot to offer. I think it has been kept back because of the Troubles and stuff like that. But I wanted to come back and just wanted to prove, that even though I have lost somebody, that I would still like to settle in this country and bring my kids up in this country. And I just wish that there was nobody else who would lose somebody so near and dear.
(Extracts from BBC programme 'A Passage from India' 09/10/2002)