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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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