Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2020


  Padma Lakshmi was fairly droll when she spoke to The New York Times recently about cultural appropriation. “Look,” she said, “I’m not saying that you can’t use turmeric on a menu or in a cookbook unless you do a doctoral dissertation on ayurvedic medicine. I’m just saying that a couple of sentences at the … Continue reading “Padma Lakshmi’s manifesto on kitchen truths and wholesomeness”

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We need to talk about empire: Britain is being forced to confront its ‘original sin’

by Rashmee

Posted on June 15, 2020 / The Focus


It all started with the death in Minneapolis on 25 May of an unarmed black man named George Floyd. Nearly three weeks later, with anti-racism protests spreading across the Atlantic, Britain is engaged in an animated, agonising and admittedly divisive discussion about racial justice, colonialism and national memory. It’s part of a tableau that’s playing … Continue reading “We need to talk about empire: Britain is being forced to confront its ‘original sin’”

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Tearing down Fawlty Towers won’t promote racial justice

by Rashmee

Posted on June 13, 2020 / The Focus


  What links the 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers and the statue of a 17th-century slave trader? Both have been forcibly removed from view as the UK gets caught up in an energised debate raging in the US and Europe on the representation of colonisation, enslavement and racial prejudice. Their treatment is debatable. On June 11, … Continue reading “Tearing down Fawlty Towers won’t promote racial justice”

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America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism

by Rashmee

Posted on June 12, 2020 / The Focus


Merriam-Webster has been in the business of word definitions for the better part of 200 years. Now, in a nod to the changing national and international discourse, America’s most trusted online dictionary  plans to revise its entry on racism . Merriam-Webster will now acknowledge that racism is systemic. One of the dictionary’s editors has admitted: “Omitting any … Continue reading “America’s most trusted dictionary will redefine racism”

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Does Gone with the Wind belong in a museum?

by Rashmee

Posted on June 11, 2020 / The Focus


Does Gone with the Wind belong in a museum? HBO Max has temporarily removed the 1939 Hollywood epic from its US streaming service while it undergoes something that can only be called cultural retooling. HBO Max will add “a discussion of its historical context”. A spokesperson for the company said that will include “a denouncement” … Continue reading “Does Gone with the Wind belong in a museum?”

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How an Alabama newspaper front page became a memorial

by Rashmee

Posted on April 30, 2018


  When the installation formally known as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened on a hill overlooking downtown Montgomery, Alabama, the executive editor of the city’s largest newspaper explained the remarkable mea culpa offered by The Montgomery Advertiser. Bro Krift explained that The Montgomery Advertiser, founded 1829 before the Civil War, had decidedly … Continue reading “How an Alabama newspaper front page became a memorial”

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Slavery and African-Americans: Without the first, the second would not exist

by Rashmee

Posted on May 28, 2014


As with much that it writes, The Economist is spot on about the sheer “nonsense” that’s being talked about reparations for slavery. Ask not, it says, if black people are owed nothing because they are better off in America than they would be in Africa. Instead, ask if African-Americans would be better off if their … Continue reading “Slavery and African-Americans: Without the first, the second would not exist”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK