by SHALINA PATEL STATUES of south Asians are a rare sight in Britain today, so when I came across one outside Bristol Cathedral (pre Covid), I had to find out more. Raja Rammohun Roy was born in India in 1772, and his extensive education led him to grasp many languages, including Sanskrit, English, Persian, Arabic, […]
By Amit Roy RASHMI SAMANT found out the hard way last week that those who live by Twitter can die by Twitter – or Instagram or the various forms of social media. Rashmi was elected president of the Oxford Students’ Union (SU) by a handsome margin – she got 1,966 votes out of 3,708 cast […]
By Amit Roy IT IS one thing for individuals to say they don’t want to take the Covid vaccine, however wrong that decision might be. But for conspiracy theorists to spread or retweet misinformation with a view to discouraging others from taking the jab should surely be treated as a criminal offence. Shouldn’t such […]
By Professor Bridget Byrne ONE of the lessons of the pandemic is that racial discrimination and racial inequality kill. The evidence was already there, but the impact of the virus and lockdown has brought the tragic impact of discrimination into sharper focus, and made it even more urgent to address the root causes. We […]
By Nadhim Zahawi Vaccine deployment minister CORONAVIRUS is forcing us to live more of our lives online and now more than ever people are using social media to connect and share updates, memories and feelings with their loved ones. It’s a fantastic way to keep in touch when we cannot meet face to face as […]
By Nadhim Zahawi, UK vaccine deployment minister CORONAVIRUS is forcing us to live more of our lives online and now more than ever people are using social media to connect and share updates, memories and feelings with their loved ones. It’s a fantastic way to keep in touch with each other when we cannot meet […]
By Amit Roy FORMER US president Donald Trump was found guilty by 57 votes to 43 in the Senate of inciting his followers to attack the Capitol in Washington in January. This was not enough to convict him, though, because the result fell short by 10 votes as only seven Republican senators chose not […]
By Amit Roy FOR some Tory MPs and right-wing commentators, it seems their highest priority is to get people back into pubs. That would indeed be nice, but perhaps Indians, Pakistanis and other British Asians, many of whom have underlying health problems and have much to fear from Covid-19, should oppose the shrill calls […]
By Amit Roy A PIECE in the Daily Mail suggested that some people think they caught Covid as the result of a single trip to the supermarket. To back up this scary claim, the paper quoted Leicester Royal Infirmary virologist Dr Julian Tang, who suggests supermarkets are an obvious place for infection. “They’re the epicentre […]
By Lord Dolar Popat I WAS delighted to read the joint statement on the enhanced trade partnership made during our international trade secretary Liz Truss’s recent visit to New Delhi. India is a country with which we have a huge amount in common, and deepening ties with vast and attractive markets like this is precisely, […]
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