Lord Singh said Sikhs in particular are at risk of “falling off the Government radar” because they “do not have a culture of complaint”.
And he accused some communities of using “Government funding to produce questionable statistics to show that they are more hated than others”.
During a debate on Islamophobia in the House of Lords, the independent crossbencher said: “Shouldn’t we be thinking about all communities, or only those that are in more powerful positions?”
Lord Singh called for a precise definition of Islamophobia, similar to the one accepted for anti-Semitism.
He said: “If we don’t have a clear definition, Islamophobia risks being seen as an emotive word to get public sympathy and Government resources.”
Communities Minister Lord Bourne said: “No government would want to rush into this. We really do need to get this right.”
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