The Roma, one of the Lost Tribes of India

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The Roma, one of the Lost Tribes of India

The Indian Diaspora is not a modern phenomenon. As we say on the Global Indian series, we’re everywhere! And South Asians were there a long, long time ago. The Roma (or Gypsies as they are known in Britain) hail from the Punjab region of northern India as nomads and entered Europe between the eighth and […]

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My tribute to Desmond Mpilo Tutu

He was dimunitive – quite affable – oftentimes quite rumbunctious, but he was never boring – never. I had the distinct honour and privilege to have met the “Arch”, together with the Reverend Frank Chikane and the Reverend Beyers Naude, while being a student at the University of the Western-Cape, during the turbulent days of […]

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Miss Universe: The Planet and our Borders

When the 21-year-old Harnaaz Sandhu from the Punjab was crowned Miss Universe, India rejoiced. And why not? When she did her cat impression, they laughed. When she said: “Never compromise on your hobby because that could lead to your dream career” they nodded sagely. There she was with her sash emblazoned with ‘Miss India’ -a […]

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Is the war on “drugs” a war on society?

Civilisation & Drugs-The Hidden Truth   For most, the notion of psychedelics brings to mind Goa in the 1970s or the Beatles sitting crossed legged, beads in hand exploring the yellow submarine of sorts. However despite the propaganda of the notion of left field hippies, there is a growing movement of change that is dispelling […]

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Priti Patel could be extradited to India under Law

  Priti Patel is cock-a-hoop. Her controversial Nationality and Borders Bill has been passed by Parliament. The Nationality and Borders Bill raise questions about what it means to be a “British subject” in the 21st Century. Because the stark reality is If you fall into the “wrong” category, you or your kin could be repatriated […]

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Naila Amin: Naila Amin, a Child Marriage Survivor

Child Bride: Naila Amin At just 15, Naila Amin was a just a schoolgirl. Yet she had already been engaged for eight years to a man 13 years her senior. What is more, she had taken part in two Islamic religious marriage ceremonies, both against her will. Engaged at 8. Married at 15   In […]

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Former President of Guyana Ronald Ramotar Launches scathing attack on Anti-Jaganism

It was with a great deal of sadness that I read Ramharack’s lengthy article in the “Stabroek News” of November 28, 2021 headlined “Re-imagining Cheddi Jagan: Cultural Moorings and Political Recklessness”: https://www.stabroeknews.com/2021/11/30/opinion/letters/we-have-found-other-beliefs-which-work-for-us/ The author is a well-known anti-Jaganist, one of those middle-class Indians who hates Jagan’s pro-working class politics. First of all, he, like so many […]

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Child Marriage: The Awful Truth

Child marriage murders innocence. To be married as a child effectively brings childhood to an end. And it robs a girl of the education to which she should be entitled, it forces her to deal with the trials of adulthood before she is ready and breaks most of her human rights. In short, the scourge […]

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CHANGE THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER TO SAVE OUR PLANET

Beginning from October 29, world leaders will assemble in Scotland to discuss one of the most important global problems that face every person, which is the question of Climate Change. This issue is so important that it can spell the end of life as we know it on earth and therefore demands more than talk […]

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ASIAN PARENTING – FROM SPANKING TO CONSCIOUS PARENTING

I was shopping at a wet market in Singapore, when my 3-year-old son Ishaan, pointed towards something and said “Mama, can I buy this please?” he was holding a long stick with a loop at an end. He had found it next to the cashier, at a very prominent place for a fresh vegetable shop. […]

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RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

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LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

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WHEN THE INNOCENT GET CAUGHT

*The madness and futility of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict* Wars serve no purpose – they destroy humanity – they exacerbate human suffering to extreme levels of intolerability. Wilfred Owen, in his 1918 poem, “Futility”, exemplifies what a wasteful by-product war has become of man’s inhumanity to man. The raging Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a heresy and must […]

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THE TRAGEDY OF PALESTINE

On Monday May 10, clashes between Palestinians and Israelis erupted once again. The reason for the clashes this time was due to the fact that the Israeli regime have moved to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlers. They are people who were not just born in […]

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AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MALAWI AND THE LEADERS OF INDUSTRY.

I for one have noted with great disdain on how some people due to ignorance and lack of knowledge are going astray to the extent of becoming paupers and enemies of progress. The majority of Malawians need a total mindset overhaul.  We are used to average levity, poverty-infused development, and living below the poverty line […]

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When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?

*When you leave this world, what kind of child would you have left behind when your story is eventually told?* William Wordsworth’s epigram, “the child is the father of man” encapsulates a unique but unwritten reality that most parents face today. As children, blessed enough to have had the consort of parents, most of us […]

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LEARNING TO LOVE – IDENTITY OF BLM

My daughter Larra wrote this – at the time she was 6. She entered a literary competition for Black Lives Matter. She did not make it into the finals, but for me, the theme and how it was tackled by her could be a lesson that we can all learn from our children. It looks […]

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Sensitivity & Emotional Challenges

Why are kids are so sensitive these days? Why do they just cry even for the smallest things? How to deal with Tantrums and unending demands? Should I punish my child for his bad behaviour or is he too young? Every time my daughter does not win a prize or even a star in school […]

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Dreams and Immigration Guilt

Many of the global indian diaspora is dispersed through immigration. We are everywhere! Our parents and grandparents often tell stories of how they arrived in the country with nothing but a few pounds and a dream. We often laugh at this exaggerated statement but when we stop and realise the sacrifices they made, we are […]

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JUST FOR A MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TIME STOOD STILL

The ushering in of a Global Indian 2021 seemed so extraordinary – surreal in fact. No family and friends mingling, no hugs and handshakes for the neighbours – for the very first time in my life, and I suspect for countless others, the dawning of the new year could not have been so different as […]

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IS IT MY INDIANISM, MY INDIANNESS OR JUST ME BEING INDIAN THAT I AM PROUD OF?

The colonial importation of Indian citizens from the sub-continent to South Africa in 1860 entrenched a historical perspective  that runs very deep into the veins of a country whose own history has ebbed and flowed in ways we least imagined. The prime objective of this importation was not simply a migration but a decidedly egregious […]

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In the era of Covid have we lost our minds?

In this world where a pandemic is not discriminating who it attacks, we have for centuries been living with a pandemic that has touched every single person in the world in every era and has never been given the respect and healing it deserves. This is the pandemic that is mental health illness. Everyone of […]

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Brainless beliefs and facts of reality – can we live in a world where both can co-exist, please?

Divya Nazran takes a second look at social constructs within the South Asian community, and provides a challenging view on beliefs v reality

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Curry Goat as a Metaphor for the Indian/Jamaican Future

As Curry Goat is quite easily and readily seen as both Jamaican and Indian, so too must Jamaican identity itself be seen. An in-depth discussion by Dr Kirk Meighoo

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Lest we forget. The Coolie Odyssey

Rajesh Gopie delves into the question of identity, indenture and the need to understand more about our joint experiences

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A different kind of superpower

Sadhguru Isha foundation – Global Indian Perspective JRD Tata, whose family is among those  responsible for building the basic foundations  for Indian industry, was once asked  if he wanted India to become an economic  superpower. He replied, “No, I do not  want India to be an economic superpower.  I want India to be a happy country.”  The […]

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Today marks the second voyage of the History of Indianness.  In this episode we look back at the almost forgotten world of Indentureship and the silent war that was Sugar. With painstaking research, we bring together a formidable group of historians, for…

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