Good and bad protests

By Amit Roy WESTERN gov­ernments and the media have backed protests in the Belarus capital, Minsk, against president Alex­ander Lu­kashenko, who is widely accused of rig­ging his election victory in early August. But this moral sup­port might prove point­less unless the west is able to match president Vladimir Putin’s threat to send in military help […]

Moves to set up rival channel fuelled by ‘distrust’ of broadcaster

By Amit Roy ANOTHER phrase that has not yet joined my banned list, which includes “woke” and “oth­ering”, but is in danger of doing so is “the new normal” – as in, going to half-empty offices, finding deserted town centres, getting calls from GPs instead of being able to see doctors in person and universities […]

Captain Moore and his romances in India

By Amit Roy CAPT TOM MOORE, now 100, cap­tured the imagination of people in this country and beyond by raising £32.8 million for the NHS by walk­ing round and round his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, aided by his walking frame. Now, he has “written” his autobi­ography, Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day, for which […]

Skincare for men and women

by Raakhi Tanvi Men I CAUGHT up with Andrew who is a skin advocate and Instagram blogger (@boydoesbeauty) to talk about a simple yet effective skincare routine for men. Here’s what he had to say: “During these challenging times, our skin is testing us too. One day it’s clear, the next, we have irritation and […]

Folly of judging Empire by modern standards

By Amit Roy BLACK LIVES MATTER (BLM) may score minor victories here and there, but is likely to fail in the long run because it is making the British feel bad about themselves. The BBC dropped Rudyard Ki­pling’s poem, Mandalay, from events to mark the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory over Japan’ Day (VJ Day). It […]

Nair’s Suitable journey

By Amit Roy AS A SUITABLE BOY ended on the BBC on Monday (24), its director, Mira Nair, had a virtual lunch with the Financial Times (FT) from her “book-lined study in Manhat­tan’s Upper West Side”. It is from here that she remotely completed edit­ing the six-part adaptation of Vikram Seth’s novel, “collaborating with col­leagues […]

Minister ‘failed’ students

By Amit Roy BORIS JOHNSON will wonder if Gavin Wil­liamson is the right man to be education sec­retary after the A-levels fiasco, which is so se­rious it has become an election loser for the Conservative party. I remember Williamson being in­vited to the Hinduja Diwali par­ty when he was chief whip. The Hindujas must have […]

Value of Kamala’s past

By Amit Roy THE choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s run­ning mate has added a new excitement to No­vember’s presidential election in America. Back in 2008, I made a point of going to the US when it was even more exciting with Barack Oba­ma running as the Demo­cratic candidate. On the night he won, […]

Harris will ‘blaze a trail for young girls’

By Dinesh Sharma IN SELECTING senator Kamala Devi Harris as vice-president on the Democratic ticket, Joe Biden has already made history. He has clearly hit a sixer as the Biden-Harris ticket raised $48 million (£36m) in 48 hours since the announcement. I agree that in the “battle for the soul of the nation,” as Biden […]

Mix and match

by Priya Mulji WHEN I first saw that a programme called Indian Matchmaking was trending at number four on Netflix, I didn’t think much of it. But then, I started seeing more social media comments, memes and reviews, so had to watch it. The popular reality show follows one of Mumbai’s top matchmakers, Sima Taparia, […]