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The first Diwali at Scottish Parliament symbolises camaraderie of communities

The first Diwali hosted in the Scottish Parliament was celebrated this year on the Hindu auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami and the 20th Anniversary of the Scottish Parliament on 8th October. The coinciding celebrations of important festivals and events with significant community leaders was a deliberate plan to symbolise the camaraderie between the communities. The five-day-long Hindu festival of lights, representing...

Dance troupes in London join hands with Soparrkar to raise awareness against domestic violence


“From every wound there is a scar, and every scar tells a story. A story that says 'I have survived.' Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Indian Inspiring Women (IIW), a non-profit organisation based in London, was contacted by the Internationally acclaimed Bollywood choreographer Sandip Soparrkar for his prestigious brand 'Dance for a Cause', this year for the cause, Domestic Abuse. The programme...

Remembering the Mahatma

Some figures from history fade with time, but others not only endure, they thrive and become something greater. Gandhi is one of those who has transcended into the mainstream culture of India, Africa, the Americas and in the UK. The year 2019 is iconic, as it celebrates the 150th Anniversary of the Indian leader who shook the world in...

Cambridge physicist-activist-student-leader believes India can help mankind

He is a scientist, poet, writer, four-time elected student leader at Cambridge University, and activist. Dr. Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar has led a varied life which currently sees him as a postdoctoral affiliate at Trinity College studying the foundations of quantum mechanics under Professor Brian Josephson, who is an all-time great of Physics and a Nobel Laureate. Having been born in...

British Asian Trust’s anti-trafficking programme in India saving hundreds of children

When ten-year-old Sadhil was brought to the Tabaar centre in Jaipur, India, his body was scarred, his face was swollen and he desperately needed food and medicines. Sadhil was rescued from a bangles-making factory in Jaipur, where he suffered unsurmountable torture as a bonded child labourer. Sahdil grew up in one of India’s poorest states, Bihar, where nearly 40% of the population...

Remembering Saint Sankardev and his enduring legacy

The Indian panorama offers a scintillating view of a potpourri of culture and tradition that the country can boast of. The tapestry of each state is woven by a rich cultural heritage that is distinctive and firmly embedded to its soil. Warmly nestled in the north-eastern part of India is Assam. The name at once resonates with the...

More scholarships for Indian students through LSE’s new India programme

In a positive move for the education sector in the UK, Boris Johnson has reversed the restrictive immigration policy for international students that drastically slashed the time for foreign students to find a job after graduating, from two years to four months. The policy, introduced by May as Home Secretary in 2012, had proved extremely detrimental to Britain’s popularity as...

Survey reveals children’s top back to school anxieties

Difficult classwork, moving schools and being bullied are the top concerns children have as they start the new school year, a survey out today reveals. The YouGov survey for the UK’s longest running children’s charity Barnardo’s is published on the same day the charity broadcasts a ground-breaking TV advert highlighting the importance of mental health support services for children and young...

Kashmir’s Children of a Lesser God

I wonder if Medoff drew his inspiration from Kashmir when he chronicled the fascinating drama capturing the intensity of conflicting ideologies of speech and deafness and in the process creating tension and discord in their ever-developing romantic relationship. James, ‘the adamant and energetic school teacher’ pitched against the ‘ever defiant yet independent’ deaf woman Sarah, persistent to crack the ice,...

The Kashmiri Imbroglio: whose freedom, whose azaadi is it?

London 15.08.2019 After winning the elections in 2019, the BJP led government of India wasted no time to bring in the required legislative bill ‘J&K Reorganisation Act 2019”, that has provisions to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories, one to be called Jammu and Kashmir, and the other Ladakh. The introduction of the bill was...