Narendra Modi’s Olympics-style welcome in UK

Narendra Modi

Thursday, October 22, 2015 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Olympics-style welcome planned at the iconic Wembley Stadium here during his maiden visit next month has attracted an “overwhelming” response, with over 60,000 applying for the free tickets and prompting organisers to release a limited number of extra tickets from tomorrow. The…

Curry King Lord Ghulam Noon passes away

Sir Gulam Noon: UK’s  Curry King talks to Vijay Rana London, 21-02-2010 He buys Mahatma Gandhi’s letters and other memorabilia from all over the world and donates them to the government of India. He owns the earliest surviving painting of MF Husain and a collection of more than 100 cricket…

SH Raza: My childhood around beautiful Narmada river

Sayed Haider Raza

Sayed Haider Raza, one of India’s greatest painters, remembers his early childhood in and around the beautiful forests of Narmada river. Syed Haider Raza was born on 22 February, 1922 in Babaria, Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh. His father  Sayed Mohammed Razi was the Deputy Forest Ranger of the district and his mother was…

Former UK Minister who loves Gandhi, Ganesh and Bollywood’s ‘Mother India’

Britain’s first black cabinet minister Paul Boateng was taught by Mrs Prakash when he was growing up in Ghana. He says while living in Africa he and his parents were inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. He grew up watching the classic Indian film ‘Mother India’ and he is fond of Hindu…

How Indian doctors saved the NHS

In 1963 the Conservative Health Minister Enoch Powell launched a campaign to recruit Indian doctors to save the NHS from an impending staffing crisis. Ironically, a few years later Powell warned Britain of the “rivers of blood” caused by the influx of foreign workers.  By the mid-sixties more than 18,000…

True story of a lucky escape from the silent killer

SD Bhardwaj is a hardworking London businessman, always active and smart. One evening after a slight pain in his chest he was taken to hospital, where to his great astonishment the doctors found massive blockages in all the four arteries. A quick quadruple-bypass, done by an Indian doctor in UK…

Early warning signals of heart disease

Cardiologist Dr Sandy Gupta, a member of British Heart Foundation’s ethnic minority panel, says that where ever South Asians emigrate to the risk of heart disease goes up. Heart disease is a silent killer and most people wouldn’t know unless it is too late. We asked Dr Sandy Gupta, a…

British NHS and Indian doctors in the UK

Why do Asians suffer from heart disease Coronary heart disease is rampant among the South Asians in the UK. According to some estimates the mortality rate among Asians in the UK  is fifty per cent higher  than the local population. Raj Bhopal, a prominent Indian doctory in UK, the Professor…

Piara Khabra Southall MP’s racist hate mail

Piara Khabra, born in the Indian Punjab, came to England in 1959. He started working in a bread factory. Then he became a teacher, a trade unionist and rose to become an MP in 1992. Here the MP from the predominantly Asian Southall talks about his early life and his…