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 […]

Seth defends choice of white scriptwriter for a suitable boy  

By Amit Roy A SUBCONTINENTAL expression which amuses me is “a befitting reply”, which Pakistani and Indian politicians and generals deploy every time the two countries have any kind of conflict. Now, Vikram Seth has given a ‘befitting reply’ to the suggestion that Andrew Davies should have been disqualified from adapting his novel, A Suitable […]

Ways of young love in modern times

By Amit Roy SOME people have suggested that at 21, Brooklyn Beckham, who has announced his engagement to 25-year-old ac­tress Nicola Peltz, daughter of an Amer­ican billionaire, is too young to get mar­ried, but the union has been blessed by his parents, David and Victoria Beckham. According to Hindu philosophy, the desirable age for a […]

Britain’s first South Asian heritage month celebrations start on July 18

By Jasvir Singh OBE and Dr Binita Kane, co-founders of South Asian Heritage Month THIS year sees the very first South Asian Heritage Month being marked in Britain. All the south Asian countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – have been hugely impacted by their relationship with Britain, primarily […]

Indian gifts to universities

By Amit Roy A NUMBER of universities in the UK and the US have acknowledged donations from Indians in time-honoured fashion. At Oxford, the post of professor of vaccinology, currently held by Prof Adrian Hill, is being renamed the Lakshmi Mit­tal and Family Professorship of Vacci­nology, after receiving a £3.5-million donation from the steel tycoon. […]