By Amit Roy IN AN England a long, long time ago, people would object to the presence of Indian neighbours by complaining that their houses “reek of curry”. We have travelled far since then towards a much more tolerant, multicultural, multi-cuisine society. So far, in fact, that the Co-op is now selling “chicken biryani” for […]
By Amit Roy FOR various personal reasons, I have known Prince Charles for a very long time – and there is one thing I can say with absolute confidence. There isn’t a hint of racism in him. To be sure, the interview given by Prince Harry and Meghan to US chat show host Oprah […]
By Amit Roy SIR SUMA CHAKRABARTI knows a great deal about how the civil services works. He was the permanent secretary at the Department for International Development (DfID) from 2002-2007 and at the Ministry of Justice from 2007-2012, before serving two terms as president of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) from July […]
By Amit Roy THE Supreme Court ruled last week that the Home Office was right to keep Shamima Begum out of the country if the intelligence services felt she posed a threat to national security. This is a strange case in which a Bangladeshi girl was stripped of her nationality by a Pakistani home secretary, […]
By Amit Roy GOOD old William Shakespeare. He had this great ability to get to the heart of the matter. Take, for example, the name game. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But would Juliet have been quite as keen on Romeo had […]
By Amit Roy RASHMI SAMANT found out the hard way last week that those who live by Twitter can die by Twitter – or Instagram or the various forms of social media. Rashmi was elected president of the Oxford Students’ Union (SU) by a handsome margin – she got 1,966 votes out of 3,708 cast […]
By Amit Roy IT IS one thing for individuals to say they don’t want to take the Covid vaccine, however wrong that decision might be. But for conspiracy theorists to spread or retweet misinformation with a view to discouraging others from taking the jab should surely be treated as a criminal offence. Shouldn’t such […]
by Hina Makwana THERE have been a lot of unsung heroes during these torrid Covid-19 times we are living in and as a full-time medical secretary within the NHS, who has worked throughout the whole pandemic, I have seen many. I am a wife and mother to two beautiful kids, Aaron and Nikita, so juggling […]
By Amit Roy FORMER US president Donald Trump was found guilty by 57 votes to 43 in the Senate of inciting his followers to attack the Capitol in Washington in January. This was not enough to convict him, though, because the result fell short by 10 votes as only seven Republican senators chose not […]
By Amit Roy FOR some Tory MPs and right-wing commentators, it seems their highest priority is to get people back into pubs. That would indeed be nice, but perhaps Indians, Pakistanis and other British Asians, many of whom have underlying health problems and have much to fear from Covid-19, should oppose the shrill calls […]
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