Kakkar conundrum

By Amit Roy VARIOUS newspapers have argued that last week’s report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities had to be fair because the com­missioners were, with one exception, members of ethnic minority com­munities themselves. One of them was Lord Ajay Kakkar, 56, who was elevated to the peerage in 2010 and sits as […]

Prime minister’s questions

By Amit Roy DR TONY SEWELL, chair­man of the commissioners , says in his foreword to the race report: “Last summer, the prime minister asked if I would be willing to chair a commission to investigate race and ethnic disparities in the UK…I readily agreed: I have spent all my working life as an educationalist, […]

Race and British Asians

By Amit Roy THE report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities published last week did not say racism does not exist in Britain. In fact, it said the opposite. But in hindsight, it would have been wiser if Dr Tony Sewell, the edu­cational consultant who chaired the commission, had not ques­tioned the existence […]

‘An intellectual who inspired many careers’

  By Satya Ghatia WHEN television channels in India last Friday (26) started flashing the news about the sudden demise of former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Dr KC Chakrabarty, his colleagues and friends deeply felt the vacuum he left behind. He was not only a veteran banker but also a radical […]

How Dr Chakrabarty kept his colleauges on their toes

  By RP Marathe BARELY three months short of his 69th birthday, falling on June 27, Dr Sahab, as we Barodians fondly called him, shed his corporal shell to keep his appointment with his creator. When nationalised banks in India started recruiting specialist (planning) officers, Dr Chakrabarty, who had a PhD in statistics and a […]

Dharker: Renaissance man        

By Amit Roy MY FRIEND, Anil Dharker, , who has passed away, aged 74, in Mumbai, from heart surgery com­plications, was one of India’s best-known journalists. But he was much more than that. His baby was the Tata Literature Live! Mumbai’s international literary festival, which he founded a decade ago. The festival said: “Anil Dharker […]

Politics of flying Union flags

By Amit Roy NAGA MUNCHETTY, who giggled and said, “Always a flag”, when her BBC Breakfast co-presenter, Char­lie Stayt, poked fun at the size of the Union flag in Robert Jenrick’s office when they were interview­ing the housing and communities secretary, can claim credit for changing government policy. The Union flag is to be flown […]

Ripping into Rawat for jeans comments

  By Amit Roy THE Daily Telegraph’s fashion editor, Tamara Abraham, has ex­plained to me why she has ridi­culed Tirath Singh Rawat, the chief minister of Uttarakhand, who equated women wearing ripped jeans with moral decay. Tamara said: “Mr Rawat’s comments were problematic for so many reasons – the idea that a pair of ripped […]

You can love me, hate me but you can not ignore me…

Tribute to Dr K C Chakrabarty, former RBI deputy governor, who passed away on 26 March.  By S N Ghatia ON 26 March 2021, TV channels in India started flashing the news about sudden demise of Dr K C Chakrabarty, former RBI deputy governor. His colleagues, friends deeply felt the vacuum with the passing away […]

Blair Peach: An anti-racism ally

by SHALINA PATEL AS YOU will have seen from my column so far, I have been bring­ing you tales of historical figures of south Asian heritage. While looking at my calendar recently, I realised the birth an­niversary of fellow teacher Blair Peach (March 25, 1946-April 24, 1979) was earlier this month. Now while Peach was, […]

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