Amol Rajan

Amol Rajan was appointed editor of The Independent in June 2013. He was previously Editor of Independent Voices, a comment, campaigns and community platform across print and digital. He was earlier Deputy Comment Editor, Sports News Correspondent and News Reporter. He writes a restaurant column for The Independent on Sunday, and has a column in the Evening Standard (Thursdays). He presents ‘Power Lunch’ on London Live TV (Thursdays), a one-to-one interview with the most influential people in the capital. Previously, Amol worked on Channel 5’s The Wright Stuff, and at the Foreign Office. He is currently a trustee of Prospex, a charity for young people in Islington. He has also written a book called ‘Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Bowlers’.

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Letter from the Editor: We don't seek to offend, but we can't sugar-coat the news

The horror in Peshawar this week revived some familiar arguments about how much blood newspapers should show, especially on their front page.

The Normandy Arms, restaurant review: Devon pub is a grilling short of heavenly perfection

Chapel Street, Blackawton, Devon, Tel: 01803 712 884

Letter from the Editor: Our view of MPs has been tested to breaking point

Over the past few parliaments, the reputation of our MPs has taken a battering. The sleazy 1990s were followed by the Iraq War, launched on shoddy intelligence, and against which a million of us marched, to no avail.

Garrison Sergeant Major, Andrew Stephens, lowers the Union flag for the last time at Kandahar Air base

Letter from the Editor: We owe a debt to those who risk their lives in war

For the past couple of weeks I have written about this newspaper’s response to the centenary of the Great War. Your response to the publication of A History of the Great War in 100 Moments, a daily series that we have now made available in book form, has been extraordinary: so much so, in fact, that we may have to print more copies for you. (Luckily this isn’t a problem when it comes to the ebook.)

L'Anima: Restaurant review

Amol Rajan fears that L'Anima's City location endangers the soul of celebrated chef Francesco Mazzei

Letter from the Editor: The driving force of our campaigns is your generosity

I know some of you were annoyed by the advertisement wrapped around our front page yesterday: John Dakin (from Dunstable), Mark Albrow (Hampton), Viv Pert (London) and Alan Broadhurst (Nottingham) were among those who wrote in.

Members of the Great War Society in Bovington are showered with poppies during the day's commemorations

Letter from the Editor: A wonderful way to remember all our fallen heroes

Remembrance matters hugely to this newspaper, and I know from my mailbag how much it matters to all of you

Sight visit: the views from your window

Strawberry Hill, Jamaica: Room service

A fresh take on Jamaica

Tredwell's, restaurant review: Has Marcus Wareing overstretched himself with his latest opening?

4a Upper St Martin's Lane, London, WC2. Tel : 020 3764 0840

Letter from the Editor: Why what we don't publish matters as much as what we do

It’s not often I can say without shame that the story of the week was one we had to ourselves, but this time it’s true.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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