Stirring festival of ideas

By Amit Roy THE Financial Times (FT) Week­end Digital Festival spring edition last Thursday (18) to last Saturday (20), was like eating a bag of cashew nuts. I thought I would just watch one ses­sion, then one more, and one more… The sessions I watched included: “Cancel culture: Creeping censorship or overblown myth?” with Lionel […]

Saudi Arabians happier than Pakistanis and Indians

  By Amit Roy INDIA is one of the unhappi­est countries in the world, according to the World Hap­piness Report 2021, which was compiled by the Sustain­able Development Solutions Network and the Centre for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. Finland is said to be the world’s happiest country, with the UK and the US, ranked […]

Flagging up a racism row

By Amit Roy THE BBC Breakfast presenters Naga Munchetty and Charlie Stayt triggered a “flaggist” row last week by poking gentle fun at the size of the Union flag in Robert Jenrick’s office when they were interviewing the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government. Perhaps Naga, who seems to have a great […]

The government is being callous in taking nurses for granted

  By Amit Roy ARGUING why NHS staff should be generously re­warded for all they have done during the pandemic – and not the insult­ing one per cent offered by the government – I referred recently to the critical care nurse, Dawn Bilbrough. She was the one re­duced to tears last year when confronted by […]

Put your best foot forward

by Priya Mulji “ARE you ready for a very important question?” he asked, “Yes,” I replied. “Pineapple on pizza, yes or no?” And that was the best conversation opener I’ve recently had on any dating app. Hello, my name is Priya and I got dumped in lockdown. Yes, the love of my life sadly dumped […]

My writing journey

  By Trisha Sakhlecha AS A child, I always loved writing and for the longest time, I thought my future was as a journalist. Though I chose to study science and mathematics in high school, the only sub­ject I genuinely en­joyed was English. My library card was al­ways maxed out, I wrangled my way onto […]

Royals and race reporting

By Amit Roy IS THE British press racist, as Harry and Meghan al­leged in their recent inter­view with Oprah Winfrey? The problem now is that far too many stories have been slanted against the Duchess of Sussex. Let me give some exam­ples. Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, who keeps spewing poison, but has nothing new to […]

Focus on women’s safety

By Amit Roy THE Sarah Everard case is doing untold damage to the reputation of the Metropolitan Police. There is the obvious point that it is a police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, a member of Scotland Yard’s armed parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, who has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah, a […]

Products I keep coming back to

by Raakhi Tanvi JUST like everyone I get tempted by new product releases and wanting to try everything because it looks so good. But time and time again I regret it because I can’t find the right colour, the product oxidises or isn’t shown on someone with my skin tone, so doesn’t look great when […]

Do Neanderthal genes make you susceptible to the virus?

By Dr Raj Persaud SOUTH ASIANS are more likely to be carrying Neanderthal genes. This ancient genetic heritage has recently been found to be a key risk factor for catching the virus, becoming seriously ill, or dying from Covid-19. Neanderthals are a now extinct, ancient, species of mankind who occupied most of Europe and parts […]


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