Targeting Bashir

By Amit Roy THIS is not being written in defence of Martin Ba­shir, 57, the BBC’s reli­gion correspondent, who secured “that interview” with Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1995. It is alleged that he used forged bank statements to convince Diana, through her brother Charles, the ninth Earl Spencer, that her staff were being paid […]

Hamied: Helping those most in need

By Amit Roy YUSUF HAMIED has given an un­dertaking to Eastern Eye that he will help poor people in India get the Covid vaccine. This is crucial because there are already worries that when it comes to the distribution of vaccines, there will be a poor-rich divide across countries and societies. Yusuf, who is head […]

Brands ‘benefit from cultural diversity in campaigns’

By Javed Husain IN TODAY’S day and age there is a huge de­sire by companies to adopt an inclusive and diverse approach, and the only way that can be achieved is through brand justice. Influencers and ce­lebrities are being shipped in from all across the world by brands to gain a greater reach among consumers. […]

‘Trust and transparency vital to vaccine uptake’

  By Professor Melinda Mills University of Oxford THE past weeks have brought announcements of promising vaccines against Covid-19. Vaccina­tions could start by the end of 2020, offering a ray of light to get our lives, family gatherings, work and businesses back to normal. But as our thoughts turn from vaccines to vacci­nations, lingering questions […]

‘Trust and transparency vital to vaccine uptake’

By Professor Melinda Mills, University of Oxford Context and communications among five ‘Cs’ to counter Anti-vaxx doubt THE past weeks have brought announcements of promising vaccines against Covid-19. Vaccinations could start by the end of 2020, offering a ray of light to get our lives, family gatherings, work and businesses back to normal. But as […]

‘Acting Early to Prevent radicalisation is a step in the right direction’

By Akeela Ahmed AS A parent, I know how the easy availability of phones and social media has made it so much harder to keep track of what our chil­dren are going through. Add the impact of lockdowns, missed time at school and people who want to exploit young people’s vulnera­bilities with conspiracy theories and […]

Of Jan Morris, Everest and India

By Amit Roy WHAT a civilised country Britain is becomes apparent from the tale of Jan Morris, the travel writ­er, who died last Friday (20), aged 94, at her home in Wales. Jan was famous for two events in a varied and colourful life. She was born James Morris but had surgery at a clinic […]

Peer’s exit ‘should worry Labour’

By Amit Roy THE Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is becoming fond of us­ing the phrase. “If I were prime minister…,” no doubt to get peo­ple used to the idea. He used it last week in relation to Priti Patel: “If I were prime minister, the home secretary would have been removed from her job.” […]

‘It’s time to say goodbye’

By Lord Meghnad Desai I ARRIVED in London in September 1965 to teach at the London School of Economics (LSE). I had left India in 1961 and gone to the United States, thanks to Ford Foundation Fellowship to do my PhD. While there, I became aware of the racial discrimination against black people. The protest […]

Memories of Soumitra Chatterjee

  By Amit Roy “INDIA’S finest actor” is a phrase that has been used loosely in recent years, but Soumitra Chatterjee, who died last Sunday (15) at the age of 85, has to be included in this group. Soumitra, who succumbed to Covid-related complications more than a month after being admitted to a hospital in […]

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