Malala’s experiences of terrorism and trolling

By Amit Roy POLITICS in Britain has become so toxic, even at university, that Malala Yousafzai has been trolled for voicing her support for a close friend who was standing to be president of the Oxford University Conservative Association. Intentionally or otherwise, the Daily Telegraph ran the Malala sto­ry above the horrific report of Sam­uel […]

Discovering black holes

By Amit Roy SINCE black holes are in the news, it is worth pointing out that the first person to conceive of them was an Indian young man of 19 on the sea journey from Bombay to the UK in 1930. Subrahmanyan Chan­drasekhar was on his way to take up a place as a postgraduate […]

Miss England on NHS duty

By Amit Roy BHASHA MUKHERJEE, who won the Miss England beauty contest in July 2019, should have stepped down this summer, but her reign has been extended to the summer of 2021 because her successor could not be selected this year. The 24-year-old is a jun­ior doctor who was doing a tour of India as […]

US election reflects deep divisions in the nation

  By Dinesh Sharma LOOKING at the cold statistics in the US presi­dential election, it seems the Donald Trump-Joe Biden race in 2020 is where the Trump-(Hillary) Clinton race was in mid-October 2016. Clinton at the time had a nearly 10-point advan­tage in the national polls; several nation-wide fore­casts have Biden ahead by 11 points. […]

A matter of change

by Priya Mulji AS A teen and into my twenties, I was always an avid reader and devoured everything. I went from Sweet Valley High books in my teenage years to more hard-hitting stories like Shantaram in my twenties. Then life, work and responsibilities meant reading took a backseat, but this year I have really […]

What if Biden Trumps Donald in November?

By Amit Roy OVER the last few months I have noticed a spate of articles arguing that US president Donald Trump would be a better bet for Britain. Here are two from the Daily Tele­graph, for example. “Why the Tories should fear a Biden presidency,” was by Freddy Gray, who argued, “The Irish lobby continues […]

Memories of Sir Peregrine

By Amit Roy ANOTHER editor I knew has been in the news. Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, who was briefly editor of the Sunday Tel­egraph, died last week, aged 96. While Trevor Grove was the paper’s editor when I first joined, Perry was in charge of four comment pages. On Saturdays, after we had done our stories, […]

Culture wars over Idli tweet

By Amit Roy A BRITISH historian, Edward Anderson, triggered a culture war last week by tweeting: “Idlis are the most boring things in the world.” He was responding to a question posed by the Indian food delivery portal Zomato: “What’s that one dish you could never understand why people like so much?” Ishaan Tharoor, a […]

Representation matters

by Rosie Manku I’VE just finished watching five episodes of a show back-to-back. Honestly, it was a relief to escape the doom and gloom of a world on fire for a while. Binge-watching shows is not especially worthy of comment, but what stopped me in my tracks was a realisation about the lack of representation […]

Jaswant Singh and his Jinnah argument

By Amit Roy JASWANT SINGH, who died on September 27, aged 82, was a founder of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and served variously as In­dia’s finance, external affairs and defence minister. But most obituaries recalled he was expelled from the BJP for writ­ing a book that was sympathetic to Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The character […]

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