Letters

Some of the Letters I have published

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...

The effects of meat-eating on climate change.

On 29th December 2015, The Independent published the following letter from AIA Patron, Nitin Mehta MBE, about the effects of meat-eating on climate change. Dear Sir, The article by Tom Bawden (24 Dec), regarding the potential of mass migration and human suffering due...

GLOBAL THREAT FROM LIVESTOCK

GLOBAL THREAT FROM LIVESTOCK 29 December 2015 The article by Tom Bawden (24 December) on mass migration and human suffering due to global warming makes sobering reading. What is often overlooked is that the biggest cause of global warming is the methane gas produced...

Climate Change

The Independent asked its readers to suggest to the government for its green paper--ways of stopping climate change and ecological disaster. The following was published in the paper on 28th October. Sir: The Government should actively encourage people to give up meat...

Pankaj Mishra betrays his extreme views

12 November 2015 Pankaj Mishra ( Narendra Modi the divisive manipulator, 9 November) betrays his extreme views. Modi is a democratically elected prime minister of the world's largest democracy. Mishra and many like him have never come to terms with it. He claims that...

The Treasures of the Indus

BBC 4 presented a Documentary called, 'The Treasures of the Indus' by Sonal Datta. Submitted by Nitin Mehta,  on Wed, 16/09/2015  Dr. Sonal Datta created the impression that India had no history beyond Lord Buddha, 2600 years ago. She talked about the Buddhist...

Water

Water is indeed a precious resource which we need to preserve and protect for human survival. Entire civilisations have disappeared due to water shortage. There have been predictions that countries will go to war for a share of water resources. However, it is not...

The UK is rocked by sexual scandals

8 March 2015 The UK is rocked by sexual scandals and yet BBC moralises on the atrocity in Delhi by claiming that this is a disease in Indian society (Editorial, 6 March).   For the sake of balance , BBC should at the outset say this is a worldwide problem in which...

THE FACTS ABOUT CASTE-AND CLASS

THE FACTS ABOUT CASTE-AND CLASS 4 December 2014 Peter Popham ( ''Don't persecute Arundhati Roy for telling the truth about Gandhi'', 28 November) knows very well that India is a democratic country where she is free to express her opinions. However, when anyone...

We could live with 9bn vegetarians

We could live with 9bn vegetarians The world population is indeed growing inexorably (report, 28 October). Would the planet be able to sustain a population of 9 billion by 2050? Yes it could, as the planet is sustaining more than 65 billion animals raised for meat...

Chimpanzees’ rights would be good for us

Chimpanzees’ rights would be good for us Congratulations on your editorial asking for fundamental rights to be granted to chimpanzees (9 October). As a superior species, human beings have treated the animals who share this planet with us with appalling cruelty and...

Indian Elections

Letter published in the Guardian 21 May 2014 The world's largest democracy has just concluded a massive election. A population of 1.2 billion with a huge diversity of faiths, languages, ideologies and cultures successfully concluded this amazing feat. There was hardly...

A TRIUMPH FOR DEMOCRACY IN INDIA

17 May 2014 A TRIUMPH FOR DEMOCRACY IN INDIA The world's largest democracy has just concluded a massive election. A population of 1.2 billion people with a massive diversity of faiths, languages, ideologies and cultures in a country the size of a sub-continent...

Tony Benn – The Vegetarian 

Tony Benn – The Vegetarian ANIMAL RIGHTS / VEGETARIANISM, 24 March 2014 Nitin Mehta, Gandhi Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service Tony receiving the Lord Parshvanath Award at Trafalgar Square from the late Sudha Mehta and Kumudbhai Mehta Tony Benn passed away on 14th...

The Festive Season in a Fragmented Society

Jonathan Freedland's piece regarding the embracing of Christmas by Britain's other faiths and cultures is spot-on (My family used to ignore Christmas, but not this year, 21 December). The Hindu religion, he observes, has always had an all-embracing approach to the...

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