Why family stories must be told

By Julie Summers A FEW years ago, I appeared in The Sunday Times list of 50 top historians. I was one of only four women, which was somewhat depressing. Scanning the list the other day I noted that all the histo­rians were white. History, and especially the history of the two world wars, has been […]

Lessons from Bengal polls battle

By Amit Roy INDIA has just held assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and the union territory of Pondicherry. But the key battleground was West Bengal, where the prime minister Nar­endra Modi and his home minister, Amit Shah, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were determined to topple the Trinamul Congress (TMC) chief […]

‘We must not waver now in India’s hour of need’

By Manoj Badale IN THE past week, we have all witnessed the utter desperation of the terrible situa­tion in India and the extraordinary out­pouring of support from people, organi­sations, and the diaspora across Britain. Indian hospitals and healthcare provid­ers are running out of resources in the fight against Covid-19, and the circumstances on the ground […]

What India can do to help itself during the coronavirus crisis

  Dr Radhakrishna Shanbhag British Medical  Association (BMA) Councillor and Orthopaedic Surgeon I HAVE been phoning my parents in Mum­bai three times a day, every day, for weeks. I just need to hear their voices and to find out how they are. My father is 94, my mother is 81 and they are locked in […]

Adjusting to ‘normal’ life after lockdown

by MITA MISTRY LIFE is looking brighter with lockdown restrictions easing, but what if you are feeling anxious about it? If you are, that’s normal. You are not alone. Given that none of us anticipated living through a global pandemic or ever thought that leaving our homes could be risky, it’s entirely understandable that adjusting […]

Getting vaccinated over Ramadan

  By Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment LAST Saturday (24), I found myself in an unlikely location to see the work of vaccinators and volun­teers delivering a jab a minute and bringing us closer to saving countless more lives. The pop-up vaccination site in north-east London sits within the Gardens […]

Grim picture of India burning in Covid wave

  By Amit Roy THE images of cremation grounds all over India show the country is burning – literally – during the current pandemic in the country. The crisis has rede­fined the idea of what is home. Many still tend to think of In­dia as the “mother country”. For me, one comment stood out from […]

Justice for Seema Misra

  By Amit Roy IMAGINE a scene in which Paula Ven­nells has her knee pressed on Seema Misra’s neck so she cannot breathe. This is effectively what Vennels, chief executive of the Post Office, and her sen­ior staff did when pursuing a malicious prosecution of Seema, a subpostmaster in West Byfleet, Surrey. Seema, who received […]

The power of just being

by Geeta Aashish Patel AS A full-time working professional, lockdown with my children has taught me to juggle on a completely new level. As a deputy headteacher, working from home has never been a new concept – bringing bags of paperwork home and marking them was the norm. However, there is a big difference between working […]

Quitting the Great Game

By Amit Roy NOW that the US and the UK have announced they are to withdraw all their remain­ing troops out of Afghanistan by September 11, 2021, the chances are the Taliban will eventually makes its way back to power. As a consequence, girls will be stopped from going to school and to college. One […]

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