The Leave camp wants to abolish laws which prevented the extradition or expulsion of criminals who claimed their protection to remain in Britain. This is bad news for Indian citizens who have for landed up here in defiance of Indian requests for their return to face charges
I genuinely wonder how many people participating in or attending these festivals pay any attention to the logos of sponsors printed on the programmes....how would I, or anyone for that matter, support Vedanta? Will the company advertise themselves as patrons of literature in order to attract and get capital investment?
Sadiq Khan is today the first Muslim mayor of a western metropolis. It’s not as significant as the United States electing a black president, but for Britain it is a gigantic step in defining its contemporary nationhood
Muslims in India ought to have the status of a ‘smaller majority’. It is from such quibbles that policies for social justice can flow
The influx of refugees from war-torn nations is the most serious crisis the EU has faced and is threatening to alter it in irreversible ways.
More than the relevance of the word ‘secular’ in the Constitution, India should take issue with ‘scheduled’ and ‘backward’
The people who ought to be worried about the Shiv Sena’s attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni are its leaders and members, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
My prediction is that Britain is fated for an Attlee moment when, after it was led to victory in the World War II by Winston Churchill, the nation voted for a quiet and modest leader of the party that opposed him and promised them universal healthcare, free education and opportunities for the working classes, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
There can be revisions in history. But some changes cannot be accepted by modern countries which are mindful of their image.
There you have it! An adaptation of the Shakespearean speech from Julius Caesar as perhaps Keith Vaz, Indian-born Leicester MP, would render it today to the Westminster parliament in answer to the controversy that surrounds his acts of patronage or, as he insists, of clear duty.
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival began on May 13, and concluded on Sunday. At the same time the Jaipur Literary Festival came to London’s South Bank Centre, the artistic hub of Britain’s capital. One of the sessions at the JLF’s Brit debut was a discussion on Bollywood.
The destruction of history anywhere in the world through acts of vandalism is wrong.
This month Hachette, India published a book by British historian Roderick Matthews entitled The Great India Rope Trick with a questioning subtitle: “Does the Future of Democracy Lie with India?”
Farrukh Dhondy gives his views after a top British judge's call for rules that force women to take off niqabs when giving evidence in court sparked off a debate on the right to wear veils.
In many countries, people who litter roads are liable to be taken to court and fined. Will it take generations before such laws become feasible in India?
As this columnist predicted on September 19, 2014, the fatal day when the results of the Scottish independence referendum were announced, this partition of the United Kingdom would lead to ultimate instability and disaster, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
Debating history is necessary. But when myths are used as political weapons to further a certain agenda, their contentions become dangerous, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
Some disillusioned men from Europe and other places may join the Caliphate but the ISIS is unlikely to win over transcontinental territories.
In any democracy the Press should be subject to the law but not to any power held by elected politicians. Wouldn’t such powers curtail the ability of the press to investigate and expose the crimes and the conduct of politicians? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Any rape trial is an invasion of the privacy, shame and trauma of the victims who allege rape and, if the accused is innocent, of the alleged rapist.
The SC’s plea to Parliament is mouthwash. However glaring the case for a modernisation of this law, it is doubtful whether it will be a priority with any parliamentarian, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
Even though Malala probably has a full scholarship to her school, it is from a platform of very narrow elitist privilege that she is seen as championing universal education. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
In the past two weeks a debate about press freedom has been initiated by the Daily Mail, a national newspaper which attacked the Labour party leader’s late father Ralph Miliband, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
Andy Warhol, the famous artist and fraud said that everyone is destined for 15 minutes of fame. My last wish is to have those 15 minutes as an acquaintance or advocate of the convicted serial murderer Charles Sobhraj.
The Archbishop of Canterbury intends to use the Church’s moneyto save the poor from loansharks. Would any head of such a religious foundation in India follow suit? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
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Jihadists who want to ‘start a war in Britain’ are perhaps stupid enough to believe their actions will gain them followers and lead to some sort of ‘British spring’. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Operation Yewtree, set up to probe the Jimmy Savile sex scandal, is an indicator of this generation's judgement on the nasty cultural assumptions made in the past. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Maggie Thatcher's radical agenda that divided the United Kingdom was also the political revolution of lower middle-class England. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
We know of Roman Catholicism as persecuted and persecuting. But the religion has settled down. Now there's also a pontiff who resigns power through awesome humility. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
David Cameron agrees with Barack Obama on the fact that Britain stays with Europe. And the US president repays the favour by not deporting a British interviewer, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
The suicide of Jacintha Saldanha after a hoax call by two Australian DJs will remain a socio-psychological mystery until the inquest in March. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Women are often forced to keep quiet about sexual abuse. In Britain, the Savile case has encouraged many to speak up. Indian women should follow suit. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Is there no candidate from the Indian subcontinent whom one could nominate, keeping in mind the elastic definitions of peace, as deserving of the Nobel Prize? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
In Britain, an author received death threats for the TV adaptation of his book on the origins of Islam. This raises a big question: how far can intimidation curtail free speech. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
There's nothing wrong in giving acceptance speeches. They are just very tedious. That's why it was refreshing to see the Olympics winners not sharing their sentiments. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
The British defence ministry’s dilemma over Olympics security is genuine. In the present times, there can be no Games without high velocity missiles.
A co-chairperson of the British Conservative Party refuses to step down despite having links with extremists and being involved in an expense fraud. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
The semantics of SMS (mobile text-messaging) have always defeated me. I still don’t know what certain yellow circled faces in messages mean, or what :-) and similar signs of the ethereal Kabbala signify. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Britain can now deport Abu Hamza to the US to stand trial. This is good news for a nation which spends millions of pounds on the upkeep of terrorists like him. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
The price of art works has always been bewildering, whether that of a Renaissance masterpiece or that of contemporary Indian paintings sold at auctions. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Condemning suicide bombing or questioning the use of the burqa is not being Islamophobic. But the idea that Islam is slowly corroding the Christian faith is irrational. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Campers at London's St Paul's may have a nebulous demand of reforming the world. But the demon of capitalism cannot be tackled by posters and placards, writes Farrukh Dhondy.
By vetoing the EU deal to tackle the euro crisis, British PM David Cameron has kicked his country where it hurts the most. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Literary festivals have become as common as dirt. But there's no one who can raise questions that are relevant to the growth of Indian writing in English. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
A former British minister will be investigated by bureaucrats for getting his public and private lives entwined. Can you picture such a thing happening in India? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
A Libyan revolutionary plans to sue Britain for ‘approving’ his torture. The government’s damned if it apologises and damned if it doesn’t. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Theo Van Gogh was murdered in 2004 by a vengeful Islamist who determined that death was the punishment for making a film critical of the Muslim treatment of women. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Wanting to get rid of Assad is different from wanting to grab an Armani. London’s riots were about the failure to protect structures of respect that sustain any society. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Unlike Britain, India does not bar criminals from selling their stories. So how much public interest is there in what they have to say? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Hindus don’t have a single book, certainly not one that sanctions attacks on painters. Why then was MF Husain hounded? Farrukh Dhondy writes.
It’s not been a month and already the Brits are rubbing their hands and counting the profits. Reports in the press say that the royal wedding, has brought in millions, if not billions, of pounds in tourism, souvenir exports and memorabilia sales. Farrukh Dhondy writes.
Isn't it ironic that philosophies that preach renouncement are used by many as ways to getting attached to the most exclusive products? Farrukh Dhondy writes.