Journalist, writer (India Dishonoured, lecturer @Kingstonjourno, activist, environmentalist, feminist. Mostly tweet on current affairs.

Wisconsin temple shooting: Sikhs have been silent scapegoats since 9/11 — A little-known fact: the first victim of retaliatory violence following the 9/11 attacks was a Sikh man. On 15 September 2001, 52-year-old Balbir Singh Sodhi, a gas-station owner in Arizona, was shot five times by Frank Roque.

France defended Charlie Hebdo's right to offend - so why can't a Muslim woman in a burkini 'offend' us too? — Despite angry crowds, François Hollande defiantly declared: "We've seen the protests, and I would say that in France all beliefs are respected. .... in particular freedom of expression." That wasn't a response to the 'Wear What You Want' beach party outside the French Embassy today; it was the President last year after protests against Charlie Hebdo.

Labour can’t afford to rush into renewing Trident | LabourList — If Labour want to balance Britain's books if elected next year, it cannot afford to rush into renewing the Trident nuclear system. The case for delaying the renewal and changing how our nuclear weapons defence works is greater than ever.

French government must work with Muslims to stop the rise of far-right — As the horrific news keeps coming in from the terrorist attack in Nice in southern France many will ask how Western societies can protect themselves from Islamic State-inspired terrorism. But it is worth remembering that just a week ago 300 people were blown up in Baghdad. The West isn't the only target of terrorists.

Appointing Boris Johnson is bad - but letting the disgraced Liam Fox back into frontline politics is downright dishonourable — Britain used to take international affairs and our relationship with other countries with the seriousness it deserved. But with just two strokes of her pen, May has returned Britain to its newly-found status as an international joke.

Dear Democrats, don’t make the mistake we made in Britain, by choosing Bernie Sanders — I like Bernie Sanders. I agree with much of what he stands for: that the influx of big money has corrupted American democracy, the deregulation of Wall St. has only increased inequality, and the rich have only gotten richer while middle class incomes have stagnated. The working class are now even worse off.

Zac Goldsmith's relationship with 'Taliban apologist' Imran Khan raises big problems for the would-be Mayor — Imagine the furore if a candidate for Mayor of London praised someone who openly defends the Taliban. Imagine a candidate openly campaigning with a man who has been labelled an "apologist" for the Taliban because, after visiting Malala Yousafzai, in hospital, he said those who are fighting against foreign occupation in Afghanistan are fighting a holy war.

Isis has skewed our perception so much that we laugh off a hijacker and praise the man who took a selfie with him — There have been four big terrorist attacks in the past fortnight, and they are starting to skew our perception. Istanbul was hit on on 19th March, Brussels on 22nd March, Iskandariyah (Iraq) on 25th March and Lahore on the 27th.

Hindu nationalists are gaining power in India - and silencing enemies along the way — When Penguin abruptly accepted defeat in an Indian court and withdrew a controversial book a fortnight ago, the backlash was so ferocious it took almost everyone by surprise. A small, hardline Hindu group said it had found the book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, by the academic Wendy Doniger offensive towards their religion, forcing the mighty conglomerate to retreat in the face of a lawsuit.

After Asad Shah's 'religiously prejudiced' death, we know inter-Muslim hatred is a problem in Britain — By all accounts, the death of shopkeeper Asad Shah on Thursday night in Glasgow was alleged to be related to his background. It shocked the local community and a tribute event on Friday was attended by hundreds of people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
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Sep 24, 2016

@JamesCounsell in his defence he hasn't authorised bombs on anyone though

Sep 24, 2016

@GrandmaD1969 that's only because you agree with the politics of one side, and don't of the other.

Sep 24, 2016

Cracking long-read in the NYT on rural Indian women 'chasing big city dreams', finding work and becoming independent 

Sep 24, 2016

@JimmyRushmore @crisortunity yeah but we have rules about picking a leader now.

Sep 24, 2016

@GrandmaD1969 don't think you're getting my point. Both making decisions solely on basis of Corbyn's politics.

Sep 24, 2016

@GrandmaD1969 er, yes it is, they're throwing toys out because they don't like his politics

Sep 24, 2016

@ae_parry @JolyonMaugham you're showing me a graph where LAbour even further behind Tories under Corbyn. Not helpful to yr case

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