I can't think of any other non-Christian festival that the UK celebrates with the same gusto and community-level participation as Diwali
Britain has come a long way from the days when landlords put up notices on their front doors warning, "No Irish, no dogs". To which they later added "Blacks and Pakis".
Quoting Dadri and rising intolerance, Cambridge University scholars say Modi visit will bring 'disrepute'
Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Britain is still weeks away but it has already become a subject of heated debate in Cambridge University with the vice-chancellor facing pressure to withdraw his invitation to the Indian prime minister to address the Senate, its most important academic body.
In a recent five-month period in Afghanistan 90 percent of those killed in drone attack operations were not the intended target, reveals new leaked documents.
the School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS), which has been home to generations of South Asian and African scholars, is at risk of losing its hard-won and well-deserved reputation as the premium centre of specialised research. Because it is running out of money following unprecedented government funding cuts.
Rajdeep’s loaded question and Naseeruddin’s answer are 2 sides of same coin: Inability to see beyond religious identities
More and more Muslims believe that their religious identity makes them vulnerable to attacks. Rajdeep’s loaded question to Shah suggesting whether he thought he was being picked on because of his name and Shah’s answer are two sides of the same coin. Both the interviewer and the interviewee are known and respected for their secular and liberal worldview; and, yet, both can’t seem to see beyond religious identities.
studies have revealed an extraordinary level of ignorance in the Muslim community on the issue with parents, invariably, the last to find out what their seemingly happy-clappy, fun-loving children have been up to.
UK Muslims and Extremism - Part 3: There is no anti-Muslim 'conspiracy', threat from radicals is real
The threat posed by Muslim extremism is real; it’s growing; and the notion of an anti-Muslim “conspiracy’’ as alleged in some quarters is a load of nonsense. The wave of British Muslims heading for jihad, for example, is not anyone’s invention.
A new row is over the revelation that MI5 is paying Muslim informants - having links with the Islamist “underworld” — to snoop on their co-religionists.
The law, which is part of the government’s counter-terrorism strategy innocuously called, “Prevent, places a legal obligation on educational institutions to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’’. This includes ensuring that children are not able to access extremist material on the internet “including by establishing appropriate levels of filtering”.
An explosive new book portraying Gandhi as a rabid racist and an unashamed flag-bearer for the British Empire has provoked a heated debate, pitting his admirers against his critics, even before it is out.
Between 1994-2000, 144 people, including women and children, were killed for demanding their basic right to be treated with dignity and for supporting the CPI(M-L)’s campaign on their behalf.
If the community doesn’t act, the government should step in and force the necessary changes.
From a belligerently hawkish refusal to talk to Pakistan until it had brought the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice (anyone favouring a different line was called anti-national) to embracing it while nothing has changed on the ground.
Simply creating hungama in parliament and holding protests in its own backyard will not help it win an election even in 2024 -- let alone 2019.
Granting minority status is about acknowledging that an institution was established by a particular community and is managed by it. And to bring in the issue of numbers is to completely misunderstand the logic behind it.
The current row between Indian businesses and the British government over proposals to impose further restrictions on UK employment visa rules for non-EU countries, including India, is a classic case of mutual interests temporarily going awry. Hopefully, it will be resolved with a bit of face-saving “give-and-take” on both sides but, meanwhile, it is not looking good and threatening to overshadow a high-level conference on India-UK trade in London next week.
A leading London-based counter-terror think- tank has urged Narendra Modi to take "swift" and "pro-active" steps to address Muslim grievances and allay their fears in order to reduce the appeal of Islamist militant groups.