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‘Trinidad Express’ Editor Accused of Discriminating Against Indian Writers for their Weekly Columns

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail

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Trinidad, August 28, 2017: The Editor of a Trinidad & Tobago based newspaper called ‘Trinidad Express’ is accused of discriminating against Indian writers for their weekly columns.

A letter, written by Kumar Mahabir who is an Assistant Professor at University of Trinidad & Tobago, explains the accusation in detail.

As of now, there has been no response from Trinidad Express Editor Ms. Omatie Lyder. Kumar Mahabir’s letter can be read below-

The Secretary, Board of Directors
One Caribbean Media (OCM) Limited
Express House
35 Independence Square
Port of Spain
August 25, 2017
Dear Sir/Madam,
Bias against Indians by Express Editor, Ms Omatie Lyder
In keeping with its “national” mandate, the Express editor should be fair, balanced, diverse and objective.
Editor Ms Omatie Lutchman Lyder has been giving space to three Afro-centric columnists: Professor Selwyn Cudjoe, Keith Subero and Raffique Shah – the same three (3) Afro-centric columnists every single week.
She often provides space to a fourth Afro-centric writer, this time as a guest columnist – Professor Theodore Lewis. Ms. Omatie published Part 1 and Part 2 of his articles entitled “Kamal Persad trivialising history.” She published his two guest columns four days apart on August 11th 2017 and on August 15th 2017.
Ms. Omatie often publishes long letters by another Afro-centric writer, NJAC Chairman, Aiyegoro Ome.
Indo-oriented writers like myself (Dr. Kumar Mahabir), Kamal Persad, Dool Hanomansingh, et al. are not assured of a weekly space in the Express.
Is it time that we call for Indians to boycott sales and advertising in the Express?
If we are not given a complementary weekly space in the Express, a delegation of us plan to meet the Board of Directors of OCM to provide empirical evidence of the bias by Ms. Omatie against Indian writers with Indian perspectives.
Sincerely,
Dr Kumar Mahabir, Assistant Professor
University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT)
2011 National Award (Silver) recipient for education
Chairman, Chakra Publishing House Ltd (CPH)
Chairman, Indo-Caribbean Cultural Centre Co. Ltd (ICC)
Vice-Chairman, Indian Caribbean Museum
10 Swami Avenue, Don Miguel Road
San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 674-6008
Tel/fax: (868) 675-7707
Mobile (868) 756-4961
E-mail: dmahabir@gmail.com

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Lassi, Cold Coffee, Watermelon Juice: Most Preferred Indian Beverages to Beat Scorching Heat

Uber Eats on Monday released the Indian chapter of The Eats Cravings Report 2019, a snapshot of India's favourite cravings and the most popular binge worthy dishes

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The temperature is soaring, spreading the heat wave blues all over India. But people have come up with their own ways to beat the heat, especially with chillers like lassi and cold coffee. Pixabay

Lassi, cold coffee and watermelon juice are among the preferred beverages that are helping people across India beat the searing heat. The temperature is soaring, spreading the heat wave blues all over India. But people have come up with their own ways to beat the heat, especially with chillers like lassi and cold coffee.

Uber Eats on Monday released the Indian chapter of The Eats Cravings Report 2019, a snapshot of India’s favourite cravings and the most popular binge worthy dishes. Conducted between January and May 2019, the report revealed that Mumbai clocked in the highest number of orders for lassi.

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Conducted between January and May 2019, the report revealed that Mumbai clocked in the highest number of orders for lassi. Wikimedia Commons

It also stated that Jaipur ditched the traditional tangy summer drink of jal-jeera for a chilled cup of cold coffee, while Pune opted for a good old cup of hot tea. Chennai kept it healthy with a refreshing glass of watermelon juice. Oreo shake topped beverage charts across Mangalore.

The findings also provide an insight into some of the most widely received requests for sugar cravings across cities. Indians ordered gulab jamun to satiate their sweet tooth, followed by ice cream and ras malai.

It revealed that every city has its own personal favourite flavour – people in Bengaluru stayed true to their roots with the highest number of tender coconut ice-cream, while Mumbaikars are beating the heat with strawberry ice-cream. Belgian chocolate satiated palates for Delhiites, while Mango was the most popular flavour in Pune.

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Lassi, cold coffee and watermelon juice are among the preferred beverages that are helping people across India beat the searing heat. Pixabay

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When it comes to chocolate, Indians binged on chocolate milkshake the most with close competition from hot chocolate sundaes and Death By Chocolate pastries.

The report also revealed that ‘extra sauce’ topped the charts as the most popular food delivery request, followed by ‘spicy’ and ‘extra onions’. The western cities of Ahmedabad, Mumbai and Surat ordered the highest number of ‘Jain’ dishes. In the southern cities of Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam, onions were a popular craving choice. (IANS)