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: And it's off, the most unpredictable election in decades

Perhaps this was the week that the metaphorical starting gun for the election was fired, with Parliament dissolved and Thursday night’s non-debate debate between Ed Miliband and David Cameron, which the former won.

Letter from the Editor: 'Truth not tribe' is the Independent's abiding philosophy

When this newspaper was founded in 1986, there were several candidates for its name. One was “24/7”, which might not have worked too well when the internet turned up. Another was “The World”, reflecting our strong (and at that time unusual) belief in foreign reporting.

Letter from the Editor: A night, and a year, to remember for 'The Independent'

On Tuesday this newspaper, its website and sister titles had their best night in years at that annual self-congratulatory jamboree, the Press Awards.

Letter from the Editor: Restoring Voices to the beating heart of the newspaper

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we were going to make a few tweaks to your newspaper, on your recommendation. We’re always making slight adjustments, of course.

Verden, restaurant review: Come for the excellent wine, stay for the even better food

Amol Rajan is dazzled by an east London gem

Letter from the Editor: Merkel's global dominance secured by crises in Europe

Henry Kissinger never actually asked “who do I call if I want to speak to Europe?”; but if any modern successor to the master of realpolitik posed that question, there could be little doubt about the answer.

Antidote, restaurant review: One visit to Mikael Jonsson's Soho venue just won't be enough

12A Newburgh Street, London W1, Tel: 020 7287 8488

Letter from the Editor: Cricket and the free market don’t necessarily mix

By the time you read this, the first match in the latest Cricket World Cup will just be finished. Yet as we go into the premier tournament of the sport I love, I’m feeling very uneasy about its future. To explain why, I want to give you a parallel with political philosophy.

Letter from the Editor: Does anyone have the guts to defend the Big Society?

Speaking in Liverpool on 19 July 2010, David Cameron explained his mission in politics.

The Greek Larder, restaurant review: Amid the bleakest architecture, can the Real Greek founder's venture transport diners to Athens?

ArtHouse, 1 York Way, London N1, Tel: 020 3780 2999. £60 for two, without wine
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