Letters

Some of the Letters I have published

British Media’s negative reporting on India

Published in the India Link magazine, March 2018 The BBC online coverage of India is dominated by negative stories of the country and I wonder why such a reputable establishment seems to give a carte blanche to its reporters. No other country gets such a biased...

The only way is vegan

The only way is vegan Your report confirms that veganism is the fastest-growing lifestyle. ( ''Egg-free, please: I'm only here for the vegan beer'', News, last  week ) It is the young who are leading this trend and what motivates them is the plight of animals. Vegan...

Year of the animal

The piece by Elisa Allen brings good cheer for the beginning of the New Year. Granting of fundamental rights to animals is something we as a human species have neglected for centuries. Our treatment of animals has been unparalleled in its sheer scale of brutality. It...

Compassion

Sir: As a superior species on this planet we fail miserably in being compassionate to those who are at our mercy. At no time in human history have animals suffered at the hand of mankind as much as now. Mahatma Gandhi said: "The greatness of a nation and its moral...

Midnight’s children have achieved a lot

On Saturday 5 August the Guardian review had a line up of writers led by Salman Rushdi, Pankaj Mishra and others who all painted a very dark picture of India and none of them could get themselves to acknowledge a single Indian achievement. The following letter was...

Mihir Bose’s pessimism regarding India’s future

With India's 70th Independence approaching the media here in the UK has got into a frenzy. The Indian ' experts, secularists, lords', will line up to have a go at India! Mihir Boss has done the honours by writing a negative article on 2nd August. My response below was...

Trump

According to Gary Younge (Report, 21 January), even the heavens wept as Donald Trump stepped forward to take the oath. In most cultures of the world, rain showers at the beginning of a momentous event are a good omen. It may be that the heavens are thinking...

Pankaj Mishra screams banalities at Donald Trump

Pankaj Mishra screams banalities at Donald Trump, calling him compulsive groper, white supremacist, serial liar and tax dodger. At the same time we hear that the Time magazine has named Trump as a person of the year. As much as Mishra hates Trump and assumes that his...

Gandhi was an inspiration across Africa

Gandhi was an inspiration across Africa  Thursday 13 October 2016   ‘The professors at the University of Ghana who have succeeded in removing a statue of Gandhi (above) from campus accuse him of perpetuating the caste system. Yet no one has done more to stand up for...

Antibiotics 2

George Monbiot does not mention the other big existential threat facing our species. The huge amount of antibiotics fed to animals means that the consumers of meat are becoming immune to them. This is a nightmare scenario and diseases that were brought under control...

Antibiotics

The imminent threat of antibiotics becoming ineffective in fighting diseases could indeed be catastrophic. It is estimated that almost 85 billion animals will have to be raised to meet the meat demand in the near future. Animals are raised in intensive factory farm...

Lord Parekh’s negativity towards India

Lord Parekh's negativity towards India Monday 11th April 2016 Professor Antony Copley's  review of Lord Parekh's book, 'Debating India', raises some interesting issues. Gandhi is described as out of his depth in comparison to Bhimarao Ambedkar,  the Dalit leader and...

Empire destroyed India’s boom

Published on 27 March 2016. Empire destroyed India’s boom Kartar Lalvani misses the point in “What did the British ever do for India? Almost everything” (News Review, last week). It was the fabled riches of India that brought the British to India. Before their...

The language of greetings

Published in the Independent on 15 January 2016. The language of greetings Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss has suggested that handshakes should be replaced with first bumps to avoid the spread of germs (14 January). The origins of handshakes was to test the...

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