Life after lockdown ‘must bridge divides’

  Sunder Katwala Director British Future thinktank PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson’s address to the nation last Sunday (10) night indicated the po­tential for light at the end of the lockdown tun­nel, but not just yet. Given the frustrations of the lockdown, there will naturally be a great deal of relief once it can be phased […]

West Bengal park bids farewell to Madhubala

By Amit Roy AFTER the news that actors Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor had died on succes­sive days, when I read that Madhubala had passed away too, I confess my ini­tial reaction was, “Oh, no.” What was it Shakespeare said in Hamlet? “When sorrows come, they come not single spies. But in battalions!” But the […]

Kashmir issue ‘should not infect UK politics’

By Amit Roy SIR KEIR STARMER has realised something that Jeremy Corbyn did not, with fatal consequences for the former Labour party lead­er – which is that Kashmir is the coronavirus of British politics. If you get infected by the India versus Pakistan politics of Kashmir, dating back to the Partition in 1947, you are […]

Lockdown ‘intensifies risk of domestic abuse’

By Aneeta Prem Freedom Charity FREEDOM is something we are all looking for­ward to just as soon as this corona nightmare is over, and we are once again allowed to associate with others and go where we please when we like. Ten years on from founding the Freedom charity, I had no idea how much […]

How Covid-19 is undoing the diversity agenda

By Nic Hammarling Head of Diversity Pearn Kandola THE beginning of April was meant to mark a big week for diversity. Specifically, gender di­versity, because Mon­day (4) was the third annual deadline for or­ganisations with more than 250 employees to report their respective gender pay gaps. As in previous years, there would have been a […]

Bard’s birthday letter

By Amit Roy WILLIAM SHAKE­SPEARE was remem­bered last week by his fans all over the world, especially in India, on the occasion of his 456th birthday on April 23, 2020, according to the artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Greg Doran. In a birthday letter to “Dear Shakespeare”, Doran said that “more than any […]

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 […]

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