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A tale of two prime ministers: All change in politics as May goes and Modi stays

by AMIT ROY THE contrast between what was happening in London and Delhi last week could not be sharper or more dramatic. While British prime minister Theresa May’s three years in office ended in tears outside 10 Downing Street on a beautifully sunny morning, India’s Narendra Modi was being showered with rose petals after winning […]

Amit Roy: Portland Hospital’s Indian baby ties

IN CHOOSING to have their baby at the Portland Hospital in London – confirmed in Archie’s birth certificate – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were merely following the example of a number of prominent Indians, among them Lord Swraj Paul’s family. “I have not had a baby there for some time,” joked Swraj, 88. […]

JLR hits bumpy road amid rumours of Peugeot sale

by Amit Roy NOT so long ago, the Tata-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) was held up as the showpiece of British automotive manufacturing. But in the past few days, there have been credible reports that JLR might be sold or merge with the French group, PSA, owners of the Peugeot, Citroen and Vauxhall. “As a […]

Cambridge joins those examining their links to slave trade

by Amit Roy AFTER the ‘Rhodes must fall’ campaign in Oxford and the decision by major museums to examine the provenance of treasures often seized as military booty, it is now the turn of Cambridge to engage in an exercise of mea culpa. The university has announced it is to investigate whether in the past […]

Interest in UK bank head

by AMIT ROY AFTER Mark Carney, who is Canadian, will the next governor of the Bank of England (BoE) also be a foreigner? Somehow, I don’t think the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, who will make the appointment, will take such a risk. And yet, the Financial Times (FT) reckons Raghuram Rajan, the 56-year-old […]

Supporting gifted ethnic minority students can enrich society

by FAROUQ SHEIKH AS A patron and enterprise fellow of the Prince’s Trust and a gold patron of Mosaic, the Prince of Wales’s mentoring charity that inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential, I well know how a helping hand and sound advice can change a life’s course. I also […]

You know something, Jon Snow

by BARNIE CHOUDHURY MANY years ago, the Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow was a visiting professor of journalism at Nottingham Trent University, where I happened to lecture. Over the years, I learned from him, and so did my students. When asked by a national newspaper what he would like for his epitaph, Jon cleverly showed […]

Slaying Sri Lanka’s dragon

by AMIT ROY WHAT happened in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday is utterly alien to the culture of the island. To get some sort of understanding of the massacre, in which at least 321 people were killed and 500 injured in coordinated attacks on three churches and three hotels, one needs to go back to […]

‘We must make people feel safe in their houses of worship’

by Imam MOHAMMED MAHMOUD THE terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch last month, claiming the lives of 51 people, sent shockwaves across Muslim minority communities throughout the world. Having just returned from New Zealand to take part in prayers and the funerals of those who died, I can guarantee many Muslims in London would […]

Message of love and tolerance is needed now more than ever before

by BARRY GARDINER MP “THE tree does not deny its shade even to the one who comes to cut it down.” Many Hindus know this verse from the Mahabharata (12.374). It is part of the teaching about hospitality and is set beside the instruction that even an enemy must be offered hospitality if he comes […]