Dr Nair believed to be first UK female medic to die from virus

By Amit Roy THERE was something very special about Poornima Nair, reportedly the first female doctor in the UK to die from Covid-19. Her death is a personal tragedy for her hus­band and son, who have shown great dignity, character and courage in telling me about their loss. But her patients, too, have expressed their […]

India’s war contribution to al­lied victory

By Amit Roy THE 75th anniversary of VE day last week came and went without much acknowledgement of the Indian contribution to al­lied victory. The Indian-origin his­torian Kusoom Vadgama, who has long tried to highlight the role played by Indian soldiers, said: “I am glued to the media, but no one has men­tioned the contribution […]

‘Treating all minorities as a homogenous group is a mistake’

By Amit Roy DURING the current pandemic, what more can be done to save the lives of British Asians? The government has finally rec­ognised there is a disproportionate number of deaths from coronavirus among ethnic minorities. It has asked Prof Kevin Fenton, regional director of public health at PHE (Public Health England) and NHS London, […]

Understanding Churchill’s finest hour

By Amit Roy INDIANS have reservations about Winston Churchill because of his hostility to the whole idea of Indian independence, his ir­rational hatred for Mahatma Gandhi and his alleged com­plicity in aggravating the effects of the Bengal famine of 1943-44, in which an estimated three million people died. Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and […]

The great connect

by MITA MISTRY “WHEN people go within and connect with themselves, they realise they are connected to the universe and they are connected to all living things.” Armand DiMele One thing that’s surfaced in these times of social distancing is how connected we really are. It reminds me of a classic book I read as […]

West Bengal park bids farewell to Madhubala

By Amit Roy AFTER the news that actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor had died on succes­sive days, when I read that Madhubala had passed away too, I confess my ini­tial reaction was, “Oh, no.” What was it Shakespeare said in Hamlet? “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!” But the […]

Kashmir issue ‘should not infect UK politics’

By Amit Roy SIR KEIR STARMER has realised something that Jeremy Corbyn did not, with fatal consequences for the former Labour party lead­er – which is that Kashmir is the coronavirus of British politics. If you get infected by the India versus Pakistan politics of Kashmir, dating back to the Partition in 1947, you are […]

Lockdown ‘intensifies risk of domestic abuse’

By Aneeta Prem Freedom Charity FREEDOM is something we are all looking for­ward to just as soon as this corona nightmare is over, and we are once again allowed to associate with others and go where we please when we like. Ten years on from founding the Freedom charity, I had no idea how much […]

How Covid-19 is undoing the diversity agenda

By Nic Hammarling Head of Diversity Pearn Kandola THE beginning of April was meant to mark a big week for diversity. Specifically, gender di­versity, because Mon­day (4) was the third annual deadline for or­ganisations with more than 250 employees to report their respective gender pay gaps. As in previous years, there would have been a […]

Bard’s birthday letter

By Amit Roy WILLIAM SHAKE­SPEARE was remem­bered last week by his fans all over the world, especially in India, on the occasion of his 456th birthday on April 23, 2020, according to the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Greg Doran. In a birthday letter to “Dear Shakespeare”, Doran said that “more than any […]