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Letter to The Times

Posted August 12, 2015

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Letter to the Times

Alice Thomson’s affecting Opinion piece on society’s reaction to Alzheimer’s patients touched many readers

Sir, I was struck by Alice Thomson’s brilliant description of how her aged father became part of her family life during the summer holidays (“A simple way to ease the despair of dementia”, Opinion, Aug 12).

This seems a British version, albeit heavily modified, of what in India is called the joint family system. In this historic system three generations live together in one house. The generation in the middle are the breadwinners who look after their aged parents and bring up their children, confident that when they are too old to work their children will look after them.

The system is not without its problems, and when I was growing up in India in the 1960s young Indians, much influenced by the West, criticised this system as part of the decadent Indian way of life that had to be discarded if India was to really take to the superior western ways.

They were encouraged in this by influential western intellectuals such as Arthur Koestler who in his 1960 book, The Lotus and the Robot, wrote that the father-son relation in India was “the problem which overshadows all others”. He condemned “the nursing of the sick father, the evenings spent with him, the sacrifice of the son’s private life”.

Many western-educated Indians still hold to Koestler’s view, and it is now not uncommon to put elderly parents in retirement homes.

It would be fascinating to know what people like Koestler would have made of the growing western view that children caring for sick parents is not such a bad idea after all.

Mihir Bose

London W6

IFA photo: Paulo Rink, Ebru Koksal, myself, Nic Coward and Andrea Agnelli.

Posted November 18, 2013

Paulo Rink, Ebru Koksal, myself, Nic Coward and Andrea Agnelli.

Under the lights- with Mihir Bose

Posted October 28, 2013

RACISM in football, Sir Alex Ferguson’s recent and updated biography, Sachin Tendulkar’s impending retirement from cricket and the continuing debate about women in sport are all very lively topics for debate.

So, it is something of a treat that you will have the chance to quiz one of Britain’s top journalists and get the inside track on many events, issues and personalities in world sport today.

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Loughborough honorary doctorate

Posted October 25, 2012

What a great honour and privilege it was to return to Loughborough University on 13 September and receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters (Hon DLitt) for outstanding contribution to journalism and the promotion of equality.

When I came to study Industrial Engineering from India, I could never have imagined this. I have such fond memories of Loughborough, having been elected president of the Student’s Union soon after I arrived.

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Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards

Posted February 11, 2012

Smita Joshi covers for MATV at the House of Commons for Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards Feb 2012.

Smita Joshi interviews with Nick Ferrari – LBC Radio, Deepak Nangla – BrightSun Travel, Riz Lateef – Anchor of BBC London News, Mihir Bose – Broadcaster, Chris Eade – Chief Petty Officer Royal Navy, Milind Kangle – Lyca Mobile, C B Patel

Other Award Winners include: Staff of Houses of Parliament – Message Bureau, Satish Reddy – Dr Reddy’s Laboratories, Bharat Shan – Sigma Pharmaceuticals

Also in this video: Keith Vaz MP, Baroness Betty Boothroyd, Paul Burstow MP, Valerie Vaz MP, L George of Asian Voice

(Note: The section with Mihir starts at 13:45)

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