Targeting the wrong Guy

By Amit Roy THE Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has earmarked more than 70 statues for removal, among them that of Thomas Guy. Ironically, countless black people have bene­fited from his generosity in setting up Guy’s Hospital at London Bridge, where last week I noticed his statue in the building’s forecourt was boarded up prior […]

‘Golden period of contentment’ in old Bombay

By Amit Roy SOMETHING was lost when the Shiv Sena, a regional party, came to power in Maharashtra in 1995 and changed the name of India’s finan­cial capital Bombay – which it felt had colonial links – to Mumbai to reflect its Maratha origins and association with goddess Mumbadevi. But the old Bombay was a […]

Tackling inequality and lack of diversity in education

 By Raoul Walawalker AFTER Black Lives Mat­ters (BLM) protesters took to the streets worldwide following the death of George Floyd on May 25, the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bris­tol should not have come as such a surprise. But while several pe­titions to end the com­memoration of slavery-funded facilities have been launched […]

Leicester lockdown reflects Covid threat

  By Professor Kamlesh Khunti AS IS now known, the burden of Covid-19 has not been equal, with people from ethnic minorities being at increased risk of infection, severe dis­ease and death compared to white populations. At the University of Leicester, we were the first ones to raise concerns about a possible link be­tween ethnicity […]

India can play a crucial role in easing global strategic reliance on China, says Sir Iain Duncan Smith

By Atul Aneja India could play a crucial role in reversing the alarming strategic dependence of the world’s democracies on China, which has made no secret of its ambition to emerge as an unrivalled global power by the middle of the century, says Sir Iain Duncan Smith.. Duncan Smith, a former leader of the Conservative […]

Winter illness warning

By Amit Roy NOW is the time for the government to issue “cul­turally sensitive messages” warning the vulnerable British Asian community, where Covid-19 deaths have been disproportion­ately high, that the pan­demic might return with a vengeance this winter. The mistake it made back in March was to as­sume that its national campaigns – “stay home […]

Nixon’s Indira aversion

By Amit Roy IT IS for a psychiatrist such as Dr Raj Persaud to analyse whether the late American president Richard Nixon suffered from sexual problems – which US president doesn’t? – but he had particular difficulty in dealing with Indira Gan­dhi, the Indian prime minister who was then one of the few women leaders […]

Community pharmacies hit hard by funding shortfall

  By Raj Patel MBE Board member of the National Pharmacy Association and owner of Hollowood Chemists COMMUNITY pharma­cies are a familiar and much loved feature of Britain’s high streets. Valued by the com­munities we serve, we supply vital medicines to millions of people, including the most vul­nerable, as well as pro­viding advice on a […]

‘Problem of unwitting racism must be solved’

By Aaqil Ahmed TIM DAVIE has started work as the new director-general of the BBC at what is a crucial time for the organisation. There are many challenges that he and the BBC face – from changing audience viewing and listen­ing patterns and desires, and aggressive global competitors like Netflix and Amazon to a decline […]

‘Community pharmacies have been among the true heroes of the coronavirus pandemic’

By Raj Patel MBE, board member of the National Pharmacy Association and owner of Hollowood Chemists Community pharmacies are a familiar and much loved feature of Britain’s high streets. Valued by the communities we serve, we supply vital medicines to millions of people, including the most vulnerable, as well as providing advice on a wide […]

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