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India shutdown forced thousands to walk home to their villages

By Amit Roy AT 2.30AM on a bitterly cold Sun­day (29), Britain slipped into summer time, with the prospect we will have to live with a lockdown, even if relaxed, for six months. But perhaps we should remind ourselves how lucky we are to have the support of the NHS and spare a thought for […]

Love in the time of corona

by PRIYA MULJI I WRITE this column seven days before I was supposed to be going to Paris with my significant other. In eight days time, I was supposed to be celebrating my 38th birthday in the city of love. However, Paris got postponed like the plans of so many others globally because of the […]

New campaign aims to combine inclusion with wellbeing

Poppy  Jaman OBE Chief Executive City Mental Health Alliance WORKPLACES  are embracing the fact that wellbeing is a vital ingredient in business success, and that approach could not be more important than now. I strongly believe that in order to achieve healthy work­places we must have a culture of openness and a deep respect and […]

Some Asian shopkeepers engage in profiteering

REPORTS reached me at the weekend that some Asian shopkeepers were engaging in profiteering, with fresh green chillis, for example, marked up to £17.99 per kg and kare­la (bitter gourd) priced at £9.99 per kg. Other reports spoke of hoarding. One house was apparently packed to the rafters with bags of atta (flour), rice and […]

Hanging of 2012 rapists stirs women’s safety debate in India

By Amit Roy AT 5.30AM (12am GMT) last Friday (20), four men – Mukesh Kumar Singh, 32; Akshay Kumar Singh, 30; Vinay Sharma, 26; and Pawan Gupta, 25 – were “hanged simulta­neously” in Tihar Jail in Delhi. They were put to death for the gang rape on December 16, 2012, of a 23-year-old medical student […]

Put aside prejudices and stand united

by MITA MISTRY “WE ARE only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” (JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) The deadly coronavirus has affected everyone in some way and is causing devastation globally, but could it be a force for unity? Before the global pandemic struck, people […]

What freedom means to me

by Alya Mooro FREEDOM to be oneself is all very well,” wrote James Merrill in his autobiography. “The greater freedom,” he continued, “is not to be oneself.” It’s a sentiment I’ve thought a lot about over the years, and in particular while writing my debut book, The Greater Freedom: Life as a Middle Eastern Woman […]

Ambedkar Museum to remain safe in London

By Amit Roy INDIA’S prime minister Narendra Modi owes Boris Johnson a favour, after his British counterpart stepped in and saved the Ambedkar Museum in London from possible closure in the larger interests of UK-India relations. “I was pleased to grant planning permission for a museum in London to Dr Ambedkar – one of the […]

Love in the time of Covid-19

By Amit Roy IN MY local branch of Sainsbury’s, the shelves have been stripped bare – and not just of food, toilet rolls, pasta and rice – but something else, which, in a curious way, indicates all is not lost. An announcement said copies of Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror & the Light, the much-anticipated concluding novel […]

Chancellor Rishi Sunak impressed on his debut performance

By Amit Roy  RISHI SUNAK certainly impressed with his first budget speech as chancellor of the exchequer. And it is heartening when an Indian-origin politician can get up in the Commons and embrace Britain as “our country”. It is encouraging that he is putting money into science and research and development, and removing the “reading […]