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: Richie Benaud - A force for good, a cricketing pioneer and a gentleman

It is a curious and little-known fact that Richie Benaud owed virtually all the success of his career – in which he never lost a series as captain of Australia, became the first man to take 200 wickets and score 2,000 runs in Tests, and over five decades emerged as both the conscience of cricket and the finest voice in sporting history – to his good fortune in contracting dengue fever in India in the winter of 1956.

Richie Benaud bowls during the New Year's Day match in Sydney in 1958

Richie Benaud: A custodian of the art of leg-spin, he put cricket in a debt to him which it will never come close to servicing

Benaud mastered the art of the 'Flipper' and the leg-slip, before his true legacy came in passing such wisdom to future generations

Benaud bowling during the 1961 match between England and Australia at Edgbaston

Richie Benaud: The curious story of how he became the greatest Australian of his generation

Letter from the Editor: A chance meeting with a chemist, and a great spinner was born

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.

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