Privacy and Secrecy in the Digital Age
March 1, 2015 – 1:05 pm | No Comment

Commonwealth Journalists Association (UK) discussion on
Privacy and Secrecy in the Digital Age
Date: 19 March 2015
Venue: Senate House, Room G35, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Time: 6.30-7.30pm
No entry fee.
· The discussion will be followed by drinks at a cash bar (First drink free for …

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Real progress in Modi’s India .. or just hype?
May 22, 2015 – 9:47 am | No Comment

modiwebNarendra Modi became Prime Minister of India a year ago after inflicting a crushing electoral defeat on the Congress party and its allies. His victory reflected a broad-based desire for change and economic growth, driven by  a new, young and aspirational India that wanted a prime minister and a government that would deliver. A distinguished panel will assess the government’s performance one year on, looking at how far Modi has fulfilled the role expected of him, and whether critics are right in suggesting not enough has been achieved so far.

Tuesday June 2nd, 6.30 to 8 pm, Room G22, Senate House, University of London, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

 With support from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Please register if you would like to attend, at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/modis-india-one-year-on-success-or-hype-tickets-17002997423

Chair: Andrew Whitehead, visiting senior research fellow at the King’s India Institute and former editor of BBC World Service News.

Speakers: Dr Mukulika Banerjee, Director, South Asia Centre, LSE

Dhruv Chhatralia, Dhruv Chhatralia, corporate lawyer and member of the India Desk, Squire Patton Boggs

John Elliott, journalist and author, IMPLOSION: India’s Tryst with Reality

Sanjay Jagatia, Secretary-General, Hindu Council UK.

Professor Daya Thussu, Co-director, India Media Centre, University of Westminster.

Entry £5, CJA members and students free

A drinks reception will follow the debate, CJA members have first drink free, non-members £3.

(For further information contact Rita Payne, 07834 845240)

Richard West: journalist and author who chronicled the last days of Empire
May 18, 2015 – 7:52 pm | No Comment
Richard West: journalist and author who chronicled the last days of Empire

By TREVOR GRUNDY
Soon after the quintessentially English journalist Richard West married the quintessentially Irish journalist Mary Kenny in 1974, he visited South Africa during the build-up to the Soweto uprising and the final days of …

Professor Faber: An obituary
April 9, 2015 – 3:52 pm | No Comment
Professor Faber: An obituary

Trevor Grundy on the life of the economist and adviser to the Zambian govt whose negotiations on mineral rights saved that country a fortune in 1964
Born August 12, 1929
Died February 26, 2015 aged 85
Historians examining …

Bangladeshi brothers building on a great tradition
January 5, 2015 – 11:13 am | No Comment
Bangladeshi brothers building on a great tradition

By SYED BELAL AHMED
 
For more than 200 years the British ruled in India. On their departure in 1947, they left many legacies in which culinary tradition played very little part. Back on British soil however, a …

‘Myths and realities’ around Mandela examined at London seminar
November 21, 2014 – 11:04 am | No Comment
‘Myths and realities’ around Mandela examined at London seminar

By TREVOR GRUNDY
Nelson Mandela’s membership of the South African Communist Party  will be one of the main topics up for discussion in London on December 5 when the Institute of Commonwealth Studies hosts a one- …

Do they know it’s Christmas in Muslim West Africa?
November 19, 2014 – 12:00 pm | No Comment
Do they know it’s Christmas in Muslim West Africa?

CJA member TREVOR GRUNDY reports on the latest version of Bob Geldof’s Band Aid campaign in the fight against ebola.
Children in Britain think it’s a Christmas Carol like ‘Silent Night’ or ‘God Rest Ye Merry …

How safe is it to be a journalist in Pakistan?
August 7, 2014 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
How safe is it to be a journalist in Pakistan?

CJA member Ragasudha Vinjamuri reports on a discussion on the state of the media in Pakistan and how journalists are under increasing threat from militants.
Read her report here AV_CJA (2).
The discussion was held at the University …

How Glasgow proved itself a worthy host
August 3, 2014 – 10:34 pm | No Comment
How Glasgow proved itself a worthy host

A personal view of the success of the Commonwealth Games, by ALINE DOBBIE
Sitting waiting on a gloriously hot evening in Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was an interesting experience.  I am …

Zimbabwe’s MDC opposition returns to the trenches
August 1, 2014 – 10:56 am | No Comment
Zimbabwe’s MDC opposition returns to the trenches

By Peter Biles
In echoes of the chaotic events of 2008, Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has painted a bleak picture of the state of the nation, a year after the 2013 elections. In a recent …

Mama Mia and Skopelos : In the footsteps of ‘Saint Meryl‘
June 26, 2014 – 12:19 am | No Comment
Mama Mia and Skopelos : In the footsteps of ‘Saint Meryl‘

By Trevor Grundy, CJA-UK
Skopelos, North Sporades, Greece – – -Lawrence Durrell (1912-1990) asked us to understand that Greeks have a special place in their hearts for the unusual– especially when the bizarre appears in human …

The Chicken Tikka Masala election
May 15, 2014 – 3:45 pm | No Comment
The Chicken Tikka Masala election

By Anuj Kapoor, CJA-UK Associate Member
The three main alternatives in this 2014 Indian election seem like a choice between the three ingredients of the much-loved Indian dish:
‘Chicken’ – Rahul Gandhi, who failed to stand up …