The death of George Floyd in June 2020 led to waves of anti-racism protests across the world. For some months, companies, universities, and institutions the world over were pledging to tackle racial discrimination within their organizations and help to alleviate some of the disadvantages experienced by black communities.
It has taken Piers Morgan’s flagrant denial that Meghan Markle suffered suicidal thoughts to finally depose him from his throne at Good Morning Britain, not his outright dismissal that racism exists and needs to be addressed in Britain.
Piers Morgan has resigned from his post as host of Good Morning Britain following clashes with his co-hosts and ITV producers regarding the interview between Meghan Markle, Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey that aired in the UK on Monday night. For those of you unfamiliar with the affair, Piers Morgan outright denied that Markle suffered a mental health crisis during her time…
It seems we’re living in a nightmare. A pandemic is raging, erasing more lives than many wars combined, global temperatures are rising, we are silently witnessing the extinction of forms of flora and fauna, more children in the UK have been plunged into poverty than in the last 50 years…(there is so much more I could add to this list of reasons to be gloomy, but I risk handing a noose to a nation already on the brink of depression — pun intended). So surreal is the current state of affairs that we’re searching for answers in dystopian novels, which…
As 26th January marked the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of British convicts to Australia, let's remember the principle on which Australia was founded: racism.
Let’s not beat around the bush. To call Australia Day a racist celebration is not an exaggeration, it is a statement of fact.
When British explorer, Captain James Cook, chanced upon the land we now call Australia, he named it “Terra Nullius” — in other words, no man’s land. He looked around at the people who had lived there for 50,000 years and with one sweeping flick of the wrist, nullified their…
“For us at that age, we didn’t comprehend the full situation of leaving the country and moving to somewhere else. To some extent it was an adventure, but it was frightening as well because we had the army guarding all the way to the airport, [and there was] very rough treatment at the airport,” my uncle, Jitesh Sanghvi, explains to me on the phone as I ask him about his experience as a refugee.
In 1972, Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, announced his policy to expel all “Indians” — as he referred to them — from Uganda within 90 days. Amin…
Since 2018, the Office of National Statistics has conducted surveys regarding the gender pay gap in the UK. What has been revealed is that even in industries where women make up the greater workforce, men earn on average more than women. That is not to say that women earn less for the same work — technically that would be illegal — but that women are lacking in positions of leadership, or do not apply for higher paying roles.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Or so the saying goes. But are people in power simply human and inherently flawed, or should they be held to a higher standard than the rest of us?
I began thinking about this question when I came across the essay ‘Annihilation of Caste,’ written by Bhimrao Ambedkar, the architect of India’s Constitution and a member of India’s Untouchable caste. The polemic addresses India’s problematic relationship with its Untouchable caste citizens and likens it to ideas surrounding race in America, stressing that equality cannot be met in India through the practising of Hinduism…
My family (which, as someone of Indian origin, includes my extended family) has a policy of donating 5–10% of our income to charity. This is an honourable practice, in theory. Much, if not all, of this money goes towards charities operating in our native Indian state of Gujarat, supporting medical clinics, eye hospitals, schools for the disabled, micro finance initiatives and food donations. But as a well-off family living largely in the West, are we falling prey to white saviour complex, believing our donations to be vital to the smooth running of organisations in India?
…and why I’m reconciled to this fact.
My boyfriend and I had a conversation. It went something like this:
Me: Sexism is ever-present
Boyfriend: But how do I know if I’m being sexist if no one has ever told me this?
Me: Has this never come up in conversation between you and your girlfriends (of any description)?
Boyfriend: Exactly, so how do I know where to look and how to start, especially given my long working hours and when there are other things I’d like to read about and learn about that I’m actually more interested…
Before my first date with my new partner, I’d resolved that I wasn’t going to try to impress. That isn’t to say that I meant to saunter into the pub in tracksuit bottoms and lounge wear, but I was determined not to doll myself up (which I enjoy doing on occasion). I wore a patterned dress, a denim jacket and trainers and I didn’t replace my glasses with contact lenses. If he was going to like me, I’d decided it would be for who I am, not for an image I created of myself.
For some reason, my plan worked…
English teacher. PhD candidate in waiting. Irritating know-it-all.