Letters

Some of the Letters I have published

Immigrants, football and racist behaviour

Most Britons were not hostile and helped south Asians and east Africans to settle, says Nitin Mehta Sun 29 December 2019  South Asian immigrants shopping in Southall, London, in 1970. Photograph: Woolnough/Getty Images Kavita Puri, like so many others before her,...

Lord Parekh on the Parsi community

published in Asian Voice 16 August 2019 In his article on , ' Gandhi and Parsis ' published in Asian Voice, Lord Parekh tries his very best not to credit the majority Hindu community for welcoming the Parsis to Gujarat and giving them total freedom to follow their...

Veganism is our only hope

Published in the Independent 11 August 2019  The United Nations urging everyone to eat less meat is a mantra we have been hearing for a long time. It is designed to keep the meat industry happy and to placate the climate lobby. The stark reality though is that we are...

Indian Elections 2019

Letter published in the Economist May 18th 2019 The logistics of organising an election where almost a billion people will vote in this vast land is in itself worthy of praise by The Economist.  So far the elections have been conducted peacefully and in one case...

There’s no place for hunting in this world

I was disgusted to hear that Ron Thomson has no regrets about killing 5,000 elephants and 50 hippos. His reasoning is that he is controlling the population of these majestic animals. Who, I wonder,  gave him the God-given right to eliminate these animals? It is...

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...

We must go veggie to protect the planet

The following letter was published in the Independent 7 September 2017 Dear Sir, After the devastating Hurricane Harvey the US is now bracing for Hurricane Irma. It is obvious that Mother Earth is in a precarious state because of decades of abuse. In pursuit of...

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...

Creature Comfort

 Letter Published in the Sunday Times in response to Brian Appleyards article regarding the growth of vegan and vegetarianism the following was published 6 August 2017 Dear Sir, Is our treatment of animals an issue that we as a species have to put right? For our own...

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...

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