Global Indian academic Prem Sikka, a Professor of Accounting at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Essex, has been named among 36 new peers to take their seat in the House of Lords soon.
It was in October 2019 that the UK’s Royal Mint was tasked with exploring how Mahatma Gandhi can be honoured with a commemorative coin to mark his 150th birth anniversary year. And, that mission has once again hit the headlines as a new campaign to promote more ethnic minority figures on British coinage received the backing of UK Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
The first-ever annual India Day at the UK Parliament was launched by India Inc. last year, with senior parliamentarians, Global Indian business chiefs and cultural ambassadors joining in for a special event within the House of Lords complex by the river Thames.
New projects worth around £4.3 million have received UK government funding to help explain and mitigate the disproportionately adverse Covid-19 impact and higher death rate among the country’s ethnic minorities.
Dubai-based Global Indian author Avni Doshi is among the 13 authors longlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for her debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’.
Noor Inayat Khan, the first Indian-origin World War II spy for Britain, and Khudadad Khan, the first soldier of the British Indian Army to become the recipient of the prestigious Victoria Cross – the highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy given to British and Commonwealth forces, are among those in the running for a new series of commemorative coins.
Just as the UK government unleashes a war on obesity with its new “Better Health” campaign, a group of Global Indian doctors warn that an inherent racial bias in medical research and practice could be exacerbating the disproportionately severe impact of Covid-19 among ethnic minorities and call for an urgent rethink on what constitutes “healthy weight”.
The India League, a UK-based diaspora group which dates back to 1916, has launched a first-ever British Indian Census to collate data around Britain’s estimated 1.5 million Gobal Indian population.
A Global Indian professional who has worked across leading public and private sector forms in the UK has been selected as the new Chair of Highways England, the UK government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England's highways and major road infrastructure.
Over 180 historians including Global Indian academics from leading universities have challenged the UK’s citizenship and settlement test for being “fundamentally misleading” on issues related to slavery and the British Empire.