Swat Valley: The People’s Disaster

Oxfam’s Jonaid Jilani reports from PakistanJonaid Jilani from Oxfam has just returned from the Swat Valley in Pakistan where a humanitarian disaster is playing out. It is estimated nearly 1 million people have fled the war zone following fighting...

World Stroke Day

Celebrities Urge Communities to Act FAST Public Health England and the Stroke Association are urging South Asians to Act FAST if they spot signs of stroke with the aim of saving lives and improving outcomes for survivors. A person loses...

Punch-ups, Cover-ups and Cherie Blair

Welcome to the World of Gurdwara Politics By Jasveer Singh Gill If you go into any Sikh temple – as anyone is free to do – then there are a few things that you will be certain to find. A...

Diwali – The Moonpig Way

Diversity, Strategy and Inspiration BY AMRIT MATHARU   Moonpig do Diwali cards?! Yes, that’s right. Greetings card retailer Moonpig now sell cards for a more diverse clientele during the festive season and I’m not just talking about Christmas round the corner!...

Fighting For Palestine

Salma Yaqoob talks exclusively about the Boycott Israeli Apartheid CampaignRESPECT MP Salma Yaqoob is leading the way in voicing disapproval over Israel’s treatment of Palestine by launching a campaign urging Birmingham citizens to boycott Israeli products. In an exclusive...

Crowning glory for ‘Miss Pakistan’ beauty pageants

How one woman is breaking down cultural barriersWhen Mariyah Moten represented Pakistan at the ‘Miss Bikini of the Universe 2006’ in China in August this year it was seen as a step forward for a predominantly hard-line country. While...

My Big Fat Indian Non Wedding

Last week, BBC news reported that the charity Shelter predicted that by the year 2020, first-time buyers in London will need an average salary of £106,000! But it’s not just property prices that are rapidly on the increase; last...

Why Being ‘Grown up’ is Harder to define for today’s young adults

You remember when you were a child and were always being asked what you wanted to do when you had ‘grown-up’? Perhaps you remember thinking yourself that it was okay to feel pretty childish/insecure/carefree because you weren’t properly grown-up...

What Does A Muslim Wedding Ceremony Look Like?

The modern-day Muslim wedding ceremony shares a lot of its festivities with those of India-dominated religions Sikhism and Hinduism, particularly as it pertains to South-Asian Muslim weddings. The three religions share a number of details for their celebrations such...

Benefits Street

“Proud to call it Home” Misrepresentation, misleading and misguided are some of the words used to describe the anger that has been directed at the Channel 4 documentary ‘Benefits Street.’   More than five million viewers tuned in to see six...