Why family stories must be told

By Julie Summers A FEW years ago, I appeared in The Sunday Times list of 50 top historians. I was one of only four women, which was somewhat depressing. Scanning the list the other day I noted that all the histo­rians were white. History, and especially the history of the two world wars, has been […]

Memories of Ray and the Apu trilogy

By Amit Roy LAST Sunday (2) marked Satyajit Ray’s 100th birth anniversary. His films, more than anyone else’s, represented the Bengali way of life. But, of course, like all great works of art, they tran­scended the culture in which they were set. I was late to his trilogy. When I did get round to seeing […]

Lessons from Bengal polls battle

By Amit Roy INDIA has just held assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and the union territory of Pondicherry. But the key battleground was West Bengal, where the prime minister Nar­endra Modi and his home minister, Amit Shah, leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), were determined to topple the Trinamul Congress (TMC) chief […]

‘India needs a global plan to recover from Covid-19’

  By Professor Kiran Patel Chief Medical Officer, Cardiologist and Chair of Trustees of the South Asian Health Foundation IN RECENT days we have seen dev­astating scenes in India as desperate citizens attempted to seek health­care in hospitals which were full to the brim with patients suffering with Covid-19 infection. Doctors valiantly attempted to treat […]

‘We must not waver now in India’s hour of need’

By Manoj Badale IN THE past week, we have all witnessed the utter desperation of the terrible situa­tion in India and the extraordinary out­pouring of support from people, organi­sations, and the diaspora across Britain. Indian hospitals and healthcare provid­ers are running out of resources in the fight against Covid-19, and the circumstances on the ground […]

What India can do to help itself during the coronavirus crisis

  Dr Radhakrishna Shanbhag British Medical  Association (BMA) Councillor and Orthopaedic Surgeon I HAVE been phoning my parents in Mum­bai three times a day, every day, for weeks. I just need to hear their voices and to find out how they are. My father is 94, my mother is 81 and they are locked in […]

Getting vaccinated over Ramadan

  By Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Covid-19 Vaccine Deployment LAST Saturday (24), I found myself in an unlikely location to see the work of vaccinators and volun­teers delivering a jab a minute and bringing us closer to saving countless more lives. The pop-up vaccination site in north-east London sits within the Gardens […]

Grim picture of India burning in Covid wave

  By Amit Roy THE images of cremation grounds all over India show the country is burning – literally – during the current pandemic in the country. The crisis has rede­fined the idea of what is home. Many still tend to think of In­dia as the “mother country”. For me, one comment stood out from […]

Justice for Seema Misra

  By Amit Roy IMAGINE a scene in which Paula Ven­nells has her knee pressed on Seema Misra’s neck so she cannot breathe. This is effectively what Vennels, chief executive of the Post Office, and her sen­ior staff did when pursuing a malicious prosecution of Seema, a subpostmaster in West Byfleet, Surrey. Seema, who received […]

Dulmial and the British Army’s forgotten soldiers

  By Dr Irfan Malik GROWING up in the Meadows area of Notting­ham, we were told stories about our grandfathers and great-grandfathers. I was aware they were soldiers and had descend­ed from a celebrated military village. My parents arrived in the UK from Pakistan in the early 1960s. My father Mumtaz (now 85), worked at […]

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