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Why Bristol statue honours Rammohun Roy’s liberal values

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, […]

Samant stands down

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 […]

‘Prosecute anti-vaxxers’

  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 […]

‘Studying Covid’s ethnic impact can end inequality’

  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 […]

Vaccine uptake plans

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 […]

Vaccines are the light at the end of the tunnel

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 […]

Menace of unchained Trump

  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 […]

‘Ignore anti-lockdown lobby’

  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 […]

Are supermarkets superspreader centres?

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 […]

Trading on Indo-UK ties

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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