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UK census may tick the box giving Sikhs distinct ethnicity

SIKHISM is being considered as a separate ethnicity in the UK census in 2021, following a long-standing demand by some British Sikh groups. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) opened a public consultation over whether to add a separate box for Sikhs under ethnicity, instead of just as a religion, and is set to present […]

Sikhs for Justice rally in London gets green light

THE British government has no plans to ban a demonstration planned by a pro-Khalistan group in the UK as long as it is “within the law” and re­mains non-violent, a senior govern­ment official said last Friday (13). Indian authorities had issued a de­marche to the UK government to take steps against a rally planned at […]

Why justice system needs more decision makers from minority groups

FIFTEEN years ago, the Lord Chancellor attend­ed a meeting of lawyers and judges to promote a government campaign to encourage more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) lawyers to ap­ply to become judges. “Don’t be shy – apply!” was the catchphrase. When the hype did not match the reality of greater BAME appointments, a heckler […]

Sara Khan: ‘We need to investigate extremists’ changing tactics’

COMMUNITIES up and down the country, from Portsmouth to Birmingham, from Manchester to Newcastle, are deeply concerned about extremism. Since my appointment as Lead Commissioner for Countering Extremism, I’ve spent the last few months travelling the country. I’ve already engaged with 300 people and visited 10 cities and spoken to academics, experts, faith leaders, women’s […]

Brexit’s latest drama

DAVID DAVIS’ RESIGNATION AND WHAT COULD FOLLOW THE David is gone, long live the Dominic. There’s nothing the media likes better than a good resig­nation. Especially one over the biggest issue of our times. All of which is great fun, but none of which really gets to the heart of what the Brexit secretary’s resig­nation means […]

How England’s World Cup success has united a country

IT is anticipated that more than 30 million people across the UK will watch England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia on Wednesday (11), beating the 1966 World Cup final to become our most-viewed event of all time. As TV viewing becomes more fragmented with new technology, it’s not often that so many of us all […]

Mumbai’s Art Deco buildings receive World Heritage status

ART DECO buildings in Mumbai – believed to be the world’s second largest collection after Miami – were added last Saturday (30) to Unesco’s World Heritage List alongside the city’s Victorian Gothic architecture. The decision was approved at a Unesco meeting in the Bahraini capi­tal Manama. A not-for-profit team of enthusi­asts is documenting each of […]

Ending cancer of apathy

MORE EDUCATION AND AWARENESS IS NEEDED TO PREVENT GLOBAL RISE IN RATES OF ILLNESS CANCER is a challenge for us all. And now, more than ever before, tackling the disease has be­come a global public health issue as more people live longer. Cancer rates among Asian people, both in the UK and in Asia, are partly […]

Rehman Chishti MP: Why we should celebrate the NHS at 70

by REHMAN CHISHTI Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham and party vice-chairman for communities THIS week we wish our beloved NHS a happy 70th birthday. The NHS first came into being on July 5, 1948. This was an innovative and pioneering move all those years ago, in a country that was still feeling the effects of […]

My name is Mehta, Nikesh Mehta…

WHY ASIANS MUST CONSIDER A CAREER IN THE INTELLIGENCE SERVICES OR FOREIGN OFFICE “HOW could you work for these people? Do you not remember what they did to us?” This was the reaction from some people when I announced that I was joining the British diplomatic service in 2002. The ones who knew what diplo­macy […]