My story on the 1976's Grunwick strike, mainly South Asian women, at a photo-processing laboratory in North West London led by Jayaben Desai, which drew 20,000 supporters to the picket line. Grunwick saw immigrants became part of Britain's working class and labour movement for the first time and it was also a landmark in people coming together and standing up for immigrants in a racist, xenophobic era.Read More
I wrote about the phenomenon of Indian pubs, or Desi pubs, in the West Midlands. Many of these pubs barred Indians and people of colour in the 1960s and there's something very lovely about how these pubs are now Indian-owned and beacons of multiculturalism and symbolise a proud British-Indian identity. They are also breathing new life into a moribund pub industry.
Thanks to Creative Black Country for organising the Desi Pubs exhibition that enabled me to write about this.
This story looks at the influence of pre-revolution Iran of the 1970s on contemporary Iranian artists, particularly in the diaspora. It was a really enjoyable story to do as the artists and curator I spoke to were so interesting and lovely, and there was lots of fascinating insights on memory and identity, especially for people who have left the motherland.Read More
I wrote about Madame Tussaud's latest wax figure of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for The Economist's blog and what it tells about India and its place in the world today. The story was inspired by seeing family from India visiting London, whether 20something cousins or 60something aunties and uncles, making a beeline to the attraction.Read More
Hugely proud to say I made my Radio 4 debut on July 1st 2015, with a 30minute documentary about how Britain's £3.6billion curry industry is in crisis because visa immigration rules have caused a chronic lack of chefs. The government has set up 'curry colleges' (yes, really) to make the short fall and thus far they have been a disaster. Hardeep Singh Kohli investigatesRead More
Some of my words on words that travelled from South Asian into the Oxford English Dictionary. It's so fascinating to find out how, why and with whom these Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Tamil words travelled and then became part of the English language. I HEART this kind of story, where digging down into an everyday thing like words and language, can reveal so much detail and nuance.Read More
Is oil sponsorship heading the same way as tobacco sponsorship?
Over the last couple of years, I've been following activists campaigning to remove oil sponsorship of Britain's arts - specifically BP's sponsorship of Tate Britain, British Museum, Royal Opera House and the National Portrait Gallery.