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Scientists should lead review into impact of Covid-19 on minorities

By Amit Roy THE Labour party announced last week that Sir Keir Starmer had “appointed campaigner and Labour peer Doreen Lawrence to the post of race relations adviser and tasked her with leading a review into the impact of coronavirus on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities”. The whole nation has the highest regard […]

Appeal to support vulnerable families in Asia

By Hitan Mehta Executive director British Asian Trust OVER the past five weeks, I have been reading with growing sadness the numbers of deaths from the black, Asian and minority eth­nic communities from the Covid-19 virus. Even more upsetting has been the numbers of emails I have been receiving of funeral no­tices of Asians who […]

Virus crisis ‘is taking a toll on frontline staff’

By Dr Rosena Allin-Khan Labour MP for Tooting and shadow cabinet minister for mental health HAVING been an A&E doctor and a humanitarian doctor working in disaster zones across the world, I have become used to death. I have become used to the painful universal sound of a person losing a loved one. I have […]

My father: The Editor’s Editor

By Shailesh Ramniklal Solanki This is a tribute I never thought I would have to write or indeed ever wanted to write. It is the most difficult of assignments, but it is one my father would never have shirked. For my brother Kalpesh, sister Sadhana, late sister Smita and I, Ramniklal Solanki was not just […]

Sandip Ruparelia pays tribute to his mother Ramaben who passed away on April 8

By Sandip Ruparelia My mother, Ramaben-Gauri Laxmidas Ruparelia (Ramaben), or baa, as she was fondly known in the family, was a pillar of strength not only for us but also the wider community both in Mwanza (Tanzania) and later, in London where she settled in 2002. Ramaben had a relatively short stature, an unmistakable booming […]

Theatre of Partition

By Amit Roy OUR days in lockdown are being eased by the chance to watch plays online free of charge. Last week this includ­ed Drawing the Line, Howard Brenton’s play on the Partition of India, which I first saw in 2013 at Hampstead Theatre. In 1947, a British judge, Mr Justice Cyril Radcliffe, was sent […]

Past poems for the lonely present

By Amit Roy HEARING Jeremy Irons read The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in his rich, deep voice last week took me back to my boyhood days at St Xavier’s School in Patna. We were made to learn bits of it by heart and some lines – And ice, mast-high, came floating by,/ As green […]

‘Tailored virus drive can help minorities’

By Amit Roy THE government has been woefully slow in recognising that deaths from coronavirus have been disproportionately high among Asians. Here at Eastern Eye, we have been highlighting this as soon as the trend became apparent. Now that the government has acknowl­edged there is a problem, it should not wait for the findings of […]

Don’t treat BAME communities as second-class citizens: Barry Gardiner

By Barry Gardiner Labour MP for Brent North THIS is an open letter to Dominic Raab, first sec­retary of state. Since the first report of a UK death from Covid-19 in early March, my constituency of Brent North and its hospital at Northwick Park have been at the epi­center of the coronavirus crisis. Our hospital […]

Muslim response to Covid 19 should be commended, challenging times ahead

by Hassan Saad Covid-19 doesn’t discriminate, but the accumulating evidence suggests that it is having disproportionate impact on ethnic minorities, who are more likely to live in extended family structures, increasing the risk of transmission between relatives, and are more reliant on community centres and places of worship. Amongst those communities being worst affected are […]