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Gandhi and Parliament Square: but where are the women?

by Sue in Culture

Mohandas Gandhi was once very unpopular with the British Establishment and was imprisoned on many occasions under colonial rule for his protests and campaigns for an independent India.  No longer, though.  Gandhi already has pride of place in Tavistock Square with a statue installed in …

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Durga puja – Western style

by Susen in Culture

For us it was always Christmas that was the major festival during the year and not an Indian or Hindu one.  School life built up to Christmas with special meals and carols, there was a large decorated Christmas tree at home with masses of presents, …

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    What’s in a name?

    Jemima Khan (née Goldsmith), it is reported, is considering reverting back to her ‘maiden’ name.  Once divorced, she said she was keeping her married name as she wanted the same surname as her children.  Now her children are older, and Imran Khan (her ex-husband) is …

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    EIPC – Developing Palliative Care in West Bengal

    Watching my cousin deliver a presentation at the Nehru Centre in London on palliative care a few weeks ago, I was reminded of when we had first met.  With me growing up in the UK and he in India, we had not met as young …

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    Girl Summit 2014 – London

    I had my first serious relationship at the age of 17. If anyone had suggested that we get married at that point, my reaction would have been one of complete horror and bewilderment.  Why on earth would I want to do that?  I had plans …

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    Modi’s victory: Thatcherism Indian style?

    flickr.com / creative commons This week, in one of the most significant elections for a generation, the Hindu Nationalist leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Narendra Modi was elected Prime Minister of India.  The scale of his victory and number of seats gained in …

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    Forever India – the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

    Khadki war cemetery, Pune, India Just today I came across the Forever India pages of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website and it appears to be the only separate country to be awarded this distinction – although that may be because other countries (Canada, New …

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    The Indian Army in World War 1 – National Army Museum

    The Indian Memorial at Neuve Chapelle.(See end of post for photo attribution) Sometimes it’s very easy to forget that I live in one of the world’s great cities. Some of our activities from movies, to theatre to restaurants have been reviewed on these “pages”. This …

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    Remembering Tony Benn 1925-2014

    Photo courtesy of Isujosh Sadly Tony Benn, the veteran Labour and Socialist politician, died in the early hours of this morning at the age of 88. Briefly he had been amongst the longest serving MPs, in the House of Commons from 1950 to 2001 and …

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    Medicine – art, science or business?

    A couple of years ago I had an ear infection.  I had never had an ear infection before and can honestly say it was the most painful thing I have ever had (I was going to say worse than childbirth but seeing as I had …

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    Indians and their servants

    The case of Devyani Khobragade has become a cause célèbre in India but I would contend for the wrong reasons. In December 2013 Khobragade, then Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested for visa fraud by the US authorities and for underpaying her Indian domestic help …

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