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Diane Abbott: Lack of charity

By Amit Roy DIANE ABBOTT does not attack other black politicians but, sadly, has shown little generosity of spirit in dealing with two Asian MPs, Priti Patel and Keith Vaz. Having herself suffered vile abuse as a black woman, it is a matter of regret that Abbott displayed a remarkable willingness to knife Asian colleagues. […]

Wheelers bereaved

By Amit Roy DIP SINGH WHEELER, whose late husband Sir Charles Wheeler was the distinguished BBC correspondent in Delhi, has died at her home in Sussex, aged 88. I am told by my friend Rahul Singh, who is the son of the author and journalist Khushwant Singh, that when Dip was young, “she was stunningly […]

Ayurvedic morning rituals

by  MITA MISTRY “WRITE it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Imagine waking up in the morning feeling calm and full of positive energy for the day ahead. Many will spring out of bed, but for those who are not morning people, there is […]

Photo albums that focus on the British Raj

By Amit Roy AN “ASTONISHING pair of photo albums depicting the life of a British army officer in India during the first half of the 20th century” are set to be auctioned at Rowley’s of Ely, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday (7). Roddy Lloyd, from the auction house, makes a very perceptive sociological point: “Interestingly, many of […]

Storm Jorge: Taking a trip down memory lane

By Amit Roy STORM Jorge, which was named as such by the Spanish Met Office, has followed on from Ciara and Dennis. Jorge is Spanish for George. I know this from being in Buenos Aires for months, covering the Falklands War, when Jorge became my translator and best friend. I met him when I did […]

Suing Home Office may not be in Rutnam’s best interests

By Amit Roy SIR PHILIP RUTNAM, who resigned last Saturday (29) as permanent secretary at the Home Office after clashing with home secretary Priti Patel, said he would be “issuing a claim against the Home Office for constructive dismissal”. But is this wise? His critics – and they appear to be growing in number – […]

Paying the price of saying, ‘No, minister’

By Amit Roy SHOULD Sir Philip Rutnam be sacked as permanent secretary at the home office, the most senior civil servant in the department, for allegedly frustrating Priti Patel and previous home secretaries? To be sure, he seems to have a problem with Priti, who is accused of “bullying” senior staff, sending them demanding emails […]

Labour MP’s Kashmir message

By Amit Roy IT NEVER looks good when India refuses to admit a British member of parliament, which is what happened when the Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, Debbie Abrahams, landed in New Delhi last week, apparently without a visa. Personally, I would have let her in and allowed her to make her […]

Trumps make memories by ‘Diana’s bench’ at Taj Mahal

By Amit Roy MANY years from now when Donald and Melania Trump have long departed the political scene, the one image that will endure from their Indian trip is of the couple in front of the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s monument of love to his wife, Mumtaz – “a teardrop on the face of eternity”. […]

India’s Growing Soft Power: From Howdy Modi to Namaste Trump

By Dinesh Sharma AS THE two leading democracies – US (oldest constitutional democracy) and India (largest constitutional democracy) – continue to tighten their embrace, prime minister Narendra Modi may be promoted to the “hugger-in-chief,” who was formerly known as the “chaiwallah.” Chai has now become a specialty drink – you can find it at any […]