India through British eyes

By Amit Roy FATHER CLEARY, our English teacher at St Xavier’s School in Patna, taught us never to use the expression, “return back” – “oth­erwise you will end up where you started”. Still, the question is whether British Indians – those who came to the UK as first-genera­tion immigrants and their chil­dren and grandchildren born […]

America’s divisions are laid bare again after racial death of black man

By Amit Roy PARTITION is never a good solution for a country, as was demonstrated by the example of India, but perhaps after the death of George Floyd, the time has come to recognise that there ought to be two countries – a white United States of America and a black USA. In the case […]

Confronting the scourge of forced marriage

by Jaswant Narwal WHEN I was eight years old, the local shopkeeper’s daughter – who was around 13 – went ‘on holiday’ and didn’t return for two years. She came back as a wife. This memory has never left me. Stories like this are too common even in our free and democratic society and in […]

JLR: Bumpy road ahead

By Amit Roy WHEN Jaguar Land Rov­er (JLR) once wanted to borrow money from Gor­don Brown’s Labour gov­ernment in 2008 to tide it over a cash-flow problem, the response of his busi­ness secretary, Peter Mandelson, was not helpful. He took the view JLR was an Indian company which could get the mon­ey it needed from […]

Losing weight in lockdown

By Amit Roy BARONESS SAYEEDA WARSI can become a heavyweight politician again by becoming a lightweight one – if that doesn’t sound a con­tradiction in terms. In lockdown, when many people have been piling on the pounds, the 49-year-old former Tory minis­ter has managed to lose two stone. In December she weighed 12st 10lb and […]

Prof Ramakrishnan defends scientists as criticism grows over Covid policy

By Amit Roy THERE is no one better to defend scientists than Prof Sir Venkatraman (“Venki”) Ramakrishnan, whose five-year term as president of the Royal Society will end in December 2020. Right from the start of this coronavirus pan­demic, the government’s refrain has been: “We are following scientific advice.” But now some of the government’s […]

Immigration u-turns ‘reflect role of public opinion’

By Sunder Katwala Director, British Future thinktank THE immigration bill currently before parlia­ment is the biggest change in British immi­gration policy for 40 years, though it has had a much lower profile than it would have done in usual times. The bill was carried comfortably – the sec­ond reading majority of 351 votes to 252 […]

Risk factors for BAME groups need to be understood: Experts

Professor Kiran CR Patel Chief medical officer and Cardiologist, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire EMERGING evidence from the NHS in the UK and from the US suggest a disproportionate im­pact of Covid-19 on patients and staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. A recent study from King’s College, London, showed that BAME […]

We’ll get through this

by PRIYA MULJI IT’S a weird world at the moment, with all sorts of unexpected things happening. One of these is chancellor Rishi Sunak currently being ogled by women of all races across the UK. Asian men generally do not do well on dating sites, but that picture of Rishi in his grey hoody, sitting in […]

Diana’s awakening

By Amit Roy PAUL BURRELL, 59, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, has re­vealed the contents of a handwrit­ten note she sent him after visiting Mother Teresa’s home, Nirmal Hri­day, in Kolkata in February 1992, enclosing a prayer. I was there with her at the time and can confirm she was moved to tears, […]

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