Pakistan fail first Test

By Amit Roy MANY people believe that cricket is not just a sport but a metaphor for life. Test cricket, in particular, brings out national character, re­solve and determination. England snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester last week. Put another way, Pakistan, as […]

Caste in US politics

  By Amit Roy IT IS easy to sympathise with the Pulitzer prize­winning American jour­nalist, Isabel Wilkinson, who has drawn lessons for the US from her per­sonal experiences out­lined in her book, Caste: The Lies That Divide Us (Allen Lane, £20). On one occasion, when she went to interview a shop owner in Chicago’s Magnificent […]

Quite a kahani from Kavita Jindal  

  By Amit Roy THERE will be more to say by and by about Kavita A Jindal’s debut novel, Manual For a Decent Life, which was published in February this year (Brighthorse Books; £14.65 from Amazon). Maybe I have led too sheltered a life, but I have to admit I was taken aback by some […]

Life after lockdown

by MITA MISTRY “Is there anything even under our total control? Yes, two things are: your actions and your attitude,” Mo Gawdat. LOCKDOWN has been a challenging time, and perhaps, it has tested many of us on what is important in life. The life, attitudes and values we had pre-lockdown might not be the ones […]

Covid blame game

By Amit Roy IN AN interview with presenter Ian Payne on LBC last week, the Tory MP for Calder Valley, Craig Whittaker, blamed Asians in general and Muslims in particular for the coronavirus spike in Greater Manchester and parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire. Asked by Payne if Whittaker was talking about the Muslim […]

Politics of nominating peers

  By Amit Roy THE decision by Boris Johnson, 56, to give a peerage to his broth­er, Jo, 48, looks like an attempt by the prime minister to resolve a family quarrel. It will be recalled that Jo re­signed from his brother’s govern­ment in September last year, with a bombshell tweet: “It’s been an honour […]

Javid and a Gandhi coin

By Amit Roy THE chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is also “mas­ter of the mint”, is said to have decided that the first-ever ethnic minority figure on a British coin is to be Mahatma Gandhi. In a letter to former Conservative candidate Zehra Zaidi, who is leading the ‘We Too Built Britain’ campaign for non-white people […]

Historians challenge home office over citizenship lesson

By Amit Roy AS WE have seen with Dr David Starkey, not everyone agrees with his version of history – certainly not his history of slavery. The Home Office’s version of his­tory is also being challenged by 181 historians, many of them eminent, at the last count. Applicants for citi­zenship or settlement (“indefinite leave to […]

An ‘unsuitable girl’ for the royal family

By Amit Roy NOW that Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy is on TV, it brings to mind the fact that he is supposed to be writing the novel’s sequel, A Suitable Girl. Lata Mehra, the central character in A Suitable Boy, is 19, with her widowed mother, Mrs Rupa Mehra, determined to find a suitable […]

The reconnect

by PRIYA MULJI IF YOU are in a relationship and have been self-isolating separately, then the lockdown slowly coming to an end will be like a bright shining light at the end of a dark tunnel. It will almost feel like you both have been fighting a war on different battlefronts and will be finally […]

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