Risk factors for BAME groups need to be understood: Experts

Professor Kiran CR Patel Chief medical officer and Cardiologist, University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire EMERGING evidence from the NHS in the UK and from the US suggest a disproportionate im­pact of Covid-19 on patients and staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities. A recent study from King’s College, London, showed that BAME […]

Diana’s awakening

By Amit Roy PAUL BURRELL, 59, former butler to Diana, Princess of Wales, has re­vealed the contents of a handwrit­ten note she sent him after visiting Mother Teresa’s home, Nirmal Hri­day, in Kolkata in February 1992, enclosing a prayer. I was there with her at the time and can confirm she was moved to tears, […]

Dr Nair believed to be first UK female medic to die from virus

By Amit Roy THERE was something very special about Poornima Nair, reportedly the first female doctor in the UK to die from Covid-19. Her death is a personal tragedy for her hus­band and son, who have shown great dignity, character and courage in telling me about their loss. But her patients, too, have expressed their […]

Helping those at risk of forced marriage

By Kaly Kaul QC and Neelam Sarkaria  KALY KAUL QC said: “The courts and prosecut­ing authorities recognise that there is consider­able fear of reporting your family and that victims are afraid of repercussions if they seek help,” while Neelam Sarkaria added: “If you are at risk of a forced marriage, support is available for you […]

Plan to support pregnant women during Covid-19

By Zeenath Uddin Head of quality and safety Royal College of Midwives THERE is barely a cor­ner of the world that hasn’t been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We will know friends or family, both here and overseas, who have had the disease. Most will have experienced it on­ly mildly and are on their way […]

How Covid-19 has impacted the Sikh Community – A personal insight

By Jas Singh Khatkar – The Sikh Network Life as we know it has been completely turned upside down. In the UK, we have seen the largest Covid-19 death rate across Europe and currently second globally behind the USA. This is very concerning given we are a leading G7 nation with a high quality, albeit […]

India’s war contribution to al­lied victory

By Amit Roy THE 75th anniversary of VE day last week came and went without much acknowledgement of the Indian contribution to al­lied victory. The Indian-origin his­torian Kusoom Vadgama, who has long tried to highlight the role played by Indian soldiers, said: “I am glued to the media, but no one has men­tioned the contribution […]

‘Treating all minorities as a homogenous group is a mistake’

By Amit Roy DURING the current pandemic, what more can be done to save the lives of British Asians? The government has finally rec­ognised there is a disproportionate number of deaths from coronavirus among ethnic minorities. It has asked Prof Kevin Fenton, regional director of public health at PHE (Public Health England) and NHS London, […]

Understanding Churchill’s finest hour

By Amit Roy INDIANS have reservations about Winston Churchill because of his hostility to the whole idea of Indian independence, his ir­rational hatred for Mahatma Gandhi and his alleged com­plicity in aggravating the effects of the Bengal famine of 1943-44, in which an estimated three million people died. Churchill’s Secret War: The British Empire and […]

Trust matters, and journalists need to lead on it

By Barnie Choudhury “TRUST is a fickle friend, Hari Puttar. Jour­nalism is as journalists do. Remember that,” as the south Asian JK Rowling would never have said. I jest, but there is a serious message to my rambling thoughts. For some reason, those words sprang to mind when I read the Guardi­an’s take on a […]