My writing journey

  By Trisha Sakhlecha AS A child, I always loved writing and for the longest time, I thought my future was as a journalist. Though I chose to study science and mathematics in high school, the only sub­ject I genuinely en­joyed was English. My library card was al­ways maxed out, I wrangled my way onto […]

Royals and race reporting

By Amit Roy IS THE British press racist, as Harry and Meghan al­leged in their recent inter­view with Oprah Winfrey? The problem now is that far too many stories have been slanted against the Duchess of Sussex. Let me give some exam­ples. Meghan’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, who keeps spewing poison, but has nothing new to […]

Focus on women’s safety

By Amit Roy THE Sarah Everard case is doing untold damage to the reputation of the Metropolitan Police. There is the obvious point that it is a police officer, Wayne Couzens, 48, a member of Scotland Yard’s armed parliamentary and diplomatic protection command, who has been charged with the kidnap and murder of Sarah, a […]

Products I keep coming back to

by Raakhi Tanvi JUST like everyone I get tempted by new product releases and wanting to try everything because it looks so good. But time and time again I regret it because I can’t find the right colour, the product oxidises or isn’t shown on someone with my skin tone, so doesn’t look great when […]

Do Neanderthal genes make you susceptible to the virus?

By Dr Raj Persaud SOUTH ASIANS are more likely to be carrying Neanderthal genes. This ancient genetic heritage has recently been found to be a key risk factor for catching the virus, becoming seriously ill, or dying from Covid-19. Neanderthals are a now extinct, ancient, species of mankind who occupied most of Europe and parts […]

Heat-and-eat biryani

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 […]

‘No hint of racism’ in Prince Charles

  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 […]

Civil service concern

  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 […]

Keeping Shamima out

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, […]

Playing the name game

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 […]

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