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 a news reporter. He writes a restaurant column for the Independent on Sunday, and has a column in the Evening Standard (Mondays), Independent and i (Fridays). He used to work on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, and at the Foreign Office; he is also a trustee of Prospex, a charity for young people in Islington. He has written a book called Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers.

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Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters wait for the arrival of Narendra Modi

Editor’s Letter: Two nations with a shared history that are suddenly in flux

Some readers feel we have been unduly harsh on modern India and Narendra Modi

The Hole in the Wall, Primrose Farm Road, Little Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire

La Petite Maison, restaurant review: A treasure trove of gastronomic ideas in Devon

La Petite Maison, 35 Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Tel: 01392 873 660. £100 for two, with drinks

Editor's letter: Why we won’t stop making the case for immigration

The clinching argument for immigration is ultimately moral

Bishop's Dining Room, restaurant review: Will diners have a religious experience at Alex Tranquillo's elegant Norwich townhouse?

Many of you will no doubt be spiriting yourselves away to places new over the Easter weekend on a well-deserved break. But what to do when you get there and you're trundling along without a clue where to stop?

War stories: witness accounts bring the horror of the Great War home

Editor's Letter: 100 moments that capture the horror of the Great War

It’s the business of journalists to tell stories about the world as it was, is, and will be

Menu Gordon Jones, restaurant review: Want to know where next Gordon Ramsay is hiding?

Menu Gordon Jones, 2 Wellsway, Bath, Tel: 01225 480 871. £160 for two for tasting menu with accompanying flight of wine

It is hard and getting harder, in Britain's lost decade of wage freezes, austerity and existential angst, to cope with the guilt when people discover that part of my job involves eating at great restaurants and writing about it. Generally, I somehow manage, and I have three crutches on which I lean when trying to give an account of myself in public.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne lays a brick during a visit to a Barratt Homes building site in Nuneaton, the day after he said in his annual budget that the government would extend the equity loan portion of the Help to Buy scheme for four years longer than planned to 2020

Editor's letter: A week to confirm the triumph of our gerontocracy

I have a theory about why those in their twenties get such a rough deal

London House, restaurant review: Fabulous, fantastic, formidable - any and all would describe Gordon Ramsay's latest

I think I've been doing this lark just long enough to know that when reviewing a Gordon Ramsay establishment, you're meant to start off with some long anecdote about how you crossed swords with the effing blond years ago, spat at him in his own restaurant, and vowed to destroy his evil business empire in your remaining days on earth, if it's the one thing you ever do. Alas, I'm a bit jejune for all that. So let's just crack on and talk about the food, shall we?

Former Labour MP Tony Benn arrives to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Whitehall at a Ceremony for the 204 dead Soldiers on August 17, 2009 in London, England.

Editor's letter on Tony Benn: Trying to do justice to a man who spent a life fighting for it

Our coverage reflects a character who had much more texture than was afforded by the caricature which his enemies propagated

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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