Amrit Dhillon

Amrit Dhillon

Amrit used to work for the BBC in London but decided to return to her country of origin, India, over 15 years ago. Apart from travel articles, she reports on every aspect of Indian society. Rajasthan is her favourite state because of the magnificence of its forts and palaces, the great Thar Desert, exquisite handicrafts, and a colour palette so glorious it can lift the lowest spirits.

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Coronavirus: Indians cheer, pray as vaccines ‘like gold’ arrive for massive immunisation drive

Health workers will be some of the first to receive the jabs in the first phase of the drive, which aims to inoculate some 300 million people starting on Saturday.

15 Jan 2021 - 3:29PM

Health workers will be some of the first to receive the jabs in the first phase of the drive, which aims to inoculate some 300 million people starting on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Indians cheer, pray as vaccines ‘like gold’ arrive for massive immunisation drive
In Modi’s India, political row erupts over home-grown coronavirus vaccine

Knives are out for the Covaxin vaccine after it was granted emergency approval before final-stage human trials had been completed.

5 Jan 2021 - 6:13PM

Knives are out for the Covaxin vaccine after it was granted emergency approval before final-stage human trials had been completed.

In Modi’s India, political row erupts over home-grown coronavirus vaccine
Indian call centre that cheated Americans of US$14 million gave staff Christmas bonuses

Workers used fake American accents to swindle some 4,500 people by claiming their bank accounts were linked to Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

23 Dec 2020 - 1:01AM

Workers used fake American accents to swindle some 4,500 people by claiming their bank accounts were linked to Mexican and Colombian drug cartels.

Indian call centre that cheated Americans of US$14 million gave staff Christmas bonuses
Indian plan to combine modern and Ayurvedic medicine condemned as ‘catastrophic’ by doctors; proposal would include surgical operations

An Indian government plan to mix Ayurveda with modern medicine, which would see traditional medical practitioners performing surgery, has met fierce opposition from doctors and medical students.

17 Dec 2020 - 3:16PM

An Indian government plan to mix Ayurveda with modern medicine, which would see traditional medical practitioners performing surgery, has met fierce opposition from doctors and medical students.

Indian plan to combine modern and Ayurvedic medicine condemned as ‘catastrophic’ by doctors; proposal would include surgical operations
In India, Sikh farmers arm themselves with food and willpower to defeat Modi

Sikh farmers have tried to make themselves at home at they vow to go nowhere until PM Narendra Modi repeals three new farming laws.

11 Dec 2020 - 9:52PM

Sikh farmers have tried to make themselves at home at they vow to go nowhere until PM Narendra Modi repeals three new farming laws.

In India, Sikh farmers arm themselves with food and willpower to defeat Modi
Indian model, 48, on ageing well: having discipline to stay fit and eat healthily most important, ex-army officer says

Nitin Mehta applies the discipline he learned from 21 years in the Indian army to stay fit and eat well, boosting his new modelling career as other Indians his age slow down.

29 Nov 2020 - 6:15PM

Nitin Mehta applies the discipline he learned from 21 years in the Indian army to stay fit and eat well, boosting his new modelling career as other Indians his age slow down.

Indian model, 48, on ageing well: having discipline to stay fit and eat healthily most important, ex-army officer says
Poor Indian brides get chance to marry in designer saris, thanks to Kerala shop’s outfit recycling drive

Every day across India, countless young women dream of wedding dresses they could never normally afford to buy. But a Kerala clothes shop is looking to change that, one outfit at a time.

4 Nov 2020 - 5:35PM

Every day across India, countless young women dream of wedding dresses they could never normally afford to buy. But a Kerala clothes shop is looking to change that, one outfit at a time.

Poor Indian brides get chance to marry in designer saris, thanks to Kerala shop’s outfit recycling drive
India fears Diwali celebrations will bring surge in coronavirus

As festival season approaches, health experts fear carefree celebrations could undo the country’s modest success of recent weeks.

18 Oct 2020 - 10:17PM

As festival season approaches, health experts fear carefree celebrations could undo the country’s modest success of recent weeks.

India fears Diwali celebrations will bring surge in coronavirus
Indians turn to astrology to ease coronavirus fears

From housewives to politicians and Harvard graduates, Indians of all stripes have long turned to astrologers in times of stress.

28 Sep 2020 - 9:28AM

From housewives to politicians and Harvard graduates, Indians of all stripes have long turned to astrologers in times of stress.

Indians turn to astrology to ease coronavirus fears
In Modi’s India, Muslim rulers of the past ‘can’t be heroes’ as Mughal museum renamed

Experts have expressed alarm at the renaming of a museum about the Mughals, saying it is yet another example of PM Narendra Modi’s government dividing Hindus and Muslims.

17 Sep 2020 - 9:34PM

Experts have expressed alarm at the renaming of a museum about the Mughals, saying it is yet another example of PM Narendra Modi’s government dividing Hindus and Muslims.

In Modi’s India, Muslim rulers of the past ‘can’t be heroes’ as Mughal museum renamed
In India, can New Delhi’s smog towers reduce pollution? Experts say they’re more hot air than clean air

Groups lobbying for clean air say the plan is akin to ‘turning on air conditioner in a desert’, and say the best solution is tackle pollution at the source.

16 Aug 2020 - 11:12PM

Groups lobbying for clean air say the plan is akin to ‘turning on air conditioner in a desert’, and say the best solution is tackle pollution at the source.

In India, can New Delhi’s smog towers reduce pollution? Experts say they’re more hot air than clean air
Coronavirus: Indians seek ancient ayurvedic home remedies to boost immunity

Milk and turmeric drinks are selling out as the country’s coronavirus cases surge past 1.3 million.

30 Jul 2020 - 2:28PM

Milk and turmeric drinks are selling out as the country’s coronavirus cases surge past 1.3 million.

Coronavirus: Indians seek ancient ayurvedic home remedies to boost immunity
Kangana Ranaut: brave woman in Bollywood or ‘mad and psychotic’?

The Indian film industry’s famous outsider has never been shy of controversy, but her latest tirades, sparked by the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, are on a whole new level.

21 Jul 2020 - 9:39PM

The Indian film industry’s famous outsider has never been shy of controversy, but her latest tirades, sparked by the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput, are on a whole new level.

Kangana Ranaut: brave woman in Bollywood or ‘mad and psychotic’?
India’s tycoons take private jets to Goa, Maldives to escape coronavirus-ravaged cities

Business is booming for chartered aircraft in the world’s third worst-hit nation for Covid-19, where a one-hour flight on a 16-seater can cost as much as US$8,000.

9 Jul 2020 - 8:27PM

Business is booming for chartered aircraft in the world’s third worst-hit nation for Covid-19, where a one-hour flight on a 16-seater can cost as much as US$8,000.

India’s tycoons take private jets to Goa, Maldives to escape coronavirus-ravaged cities
India’s Bollywood cuts kissing scenes, epic dance routines under new coronavirus rules

Veteran Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan will also be out of action as no one above the age of 65 will be allowed to work.

4 Jun 2020 - 8:58PM

Veteran Bollywood stars including Amitabh Bachchan will also be out of action as no one above the age of 65 will be allowed to work.

India’s Bollywood cuts kissing scenes, epic dance routines under new coronavirus rules
Coronavirus: fear and foreboding in Mumbai, India’s worst-hit city

About a quarter of India’s more than 80,000 cases are in Mumbai, where hospitals are running out of beds – with the sick and the dead lying side by side.

16 May 2020 - 9:45PM

About a quarter of India’s more than 80,000 cases are in Mumbai, where hospitals are running out of beds – with the sick and the dead lying side by side.

Coronavirus: fear and foreboding in Mumbai, India’s worst-hit city
Tuberculosis crisis in India: disease that kills the most people in the world gains ground with testing and treatment disrupted by lockdown for coronavirus

Is fear the ‘new normal’? People in India scared by coronavirus skip tuberculosis testing and treatment, or are unable to reach clinics because lockdown halted public transport. The result could be thousands of additional deaths.

12 May 2020 - 8:00PM

Is fear the ‘new normal’? People in India scared by coronavirus skip tuberculosis testing and treatment, or are unable to reach clinics because lockdown halted public transport. The result could be thousands of additional deaths.

Tuberculosis crisis in India: disease that kills the most people in the world gains ground with testing and treatment disrupted by lockdown for coronavirus
Asian Angle | Coronavirus: Pinarayi Vijayan, ‘the Andrew Cuomo of Kerala’ is showing India how to handle Covid-19

Vijayan, an old-style Indian politician, is more reassuring than charismatic – and has earned fans for keeping a level head and human touch amid the pandemic.

30 Apr 2020 - 3:09PM

Vijayan, an old-style Indian politician, is more reassuring than charismatic – and has earned fans for keeping a level head and human touch amid the pandemic.

Coronavirus: Pinarayi Vijayan, ‘the Andrew Cuomo of Kerala’ is showing India how to handle Covid-19
Plasma therapy clinical trials to treat Covid-19 patients begin in India

More than 500 Covid-19 patients are involved in India’s first clinical trials of plasma therapy, which coincide with the case of a severely ill patient who was responding positively to the experimental treatment at a New Delhi hospital.

22 Apr 2020 - 6:30PM

More than 500 Covid-19 patients are involved in India’s first clinical trials of plasma therapy, which coincide with the case of a severely ill patient who was responding positively to the experimental treatment at a New Delhi hospital.

Plasma therapy clinical trials to treat Covid-19 patients begin in India
Indian Railways offers coronavirus lifeline, delivering food, turning carriages into hospital wards, and building a prototype ventilator

National rail company, which has halted passenger services, is converting coaches into isolation wards, delivering food to markets, and making hospital beds, stretchers, gurneys and even a prototype ventilator.

13 Apr 2020 - 10:47AM

National rail company, which has halted passenger services, is converting coaches into isolation wards, delivering food to markets, and making hospital beds, stretchers, gurneys and even a prototype ventilator.

Indian Railways offers coronavirus lifeline, delivering food, turning carriages into hospital wards, and building a prototype ventilator
Blue sky thinking: what the coronavirus lockdown shows India about pollution and clearing the air

The global coronavirus lockdown has drastically reduced pollution in cities such as New Delhi in India, where environmentalists are calling for changes in emissions laws and a rethink of how industry will bounce back from the pandemic.

7 Apr 2020 - 11:51PM

The global coronavirus lockdown has drastically reduced pollution in cities such as New Delhi in India, where environmentalists are calling for changes in emissions laws and a rethink of how industry will bounce back from the pandemic.

Blue sky thinking: what the coronavirus lockdown shows India about pollution and clearing the air
New Delhi’s toxic air and how one expat family was affected – sick children, asthma, a death, and a campaign to awaken city to pollution threat

Couple wanted their kids to experience the real India, and traded California for the capital city. They hadn’t factored in its worsening air pollution. Now they could flee Delhi and become ‘pollution refugees’.

5 Nov 2019 - 7:11PM

Couple wanted their kids to experience the real India, and traded California for the capital city. They hadn’t factored in its worsening air pollution. Now they could flee Delhi and become ‘pollution refugees’.

New Delhi’s toxic air and how one expat family was affected – sick children, asthma, a death, and a campaign to awaken city to pollution threat
Ginger House Museum Hotel: a luxurious taste of old Kerala, where (nearly) all the antiques are for sale

Located in a former Kerala warehouse used for drying ginger, the Ginger House Museum Hotel has been lovingly transformed into a luxurious retreat where much of what you see is for sale.

22 Jun 2019 - 1:30PM

Located in a former Kerala warehouse used for drying ginger, the Ginger House Museum Hotel has been lovingly transformed into a luxurious retreat where much of what you see is for sale.

Ginger House Museum Hotel: a luxurious taste of old Kerala, where (nearly) all the antiques are for sale
Blind women trained to find breast cancer lumps by feel are better than doctors at the task

Blind women trained as tactile medical examiners, or MTEs, are better than doctors at finding lumps that are warning signs of breast cancer; the work gives them independence and a measure of fulfilment.

10 Jun 2019 - 7:53PM

Blind women trained as tactile medical examiners, or MTEs, are better than doctors at finding lumps that are warning signs of breast cancer; the work gives them independence and a measure of fulfilment.

Blind women trained to find breast cancer lumps by feel are better than doctors at the task
Worth a trip in India: the lakes and palaces of Udaipur, Venice of the East

Udaipur is a fairy-tale city full of gorgeous palaces, lakes and intricate alleyways that lead to mysterious temples and shops. It also offers excellent Rajasthani food like laal maas, a rich, aromatic and heavily spiced mutton curry.

11 Apr 2019 - 3:57PM

Udaipur is a fairy-tale city full of gorgeous palaces, lakes and intricate alleyways that lead to mysterious temples and shops. It also offers excellent Rajasthani food like laal maas, a rich, aromatic and heavily spiced mutton curry.

Worth a trip in India: the lakes and palaces of Udaipur,  Venice of the East
Vaccinations in India: the heroes helping children from poor families get immunised, and how they do it

Poor Hindus and Muslims throughout India harbour misconceptions about vaccinations, but the situation is improving thanks to community figures who break down barriers, and a government that is learning valuable lessons.

3 Mar 2019 - 6:59PM

Poor Hindus and Muslims throughout India harbour misconceptions about vaccinations, but the situation is improving thanks to community figures who break down barriers, and a government that is learning valuable lessons.

Vaccinations in India: the heroes helping children from poor families get immunised, and how they do it
India’s leprosy disaster, its millions of victims, and the vaccine that could stop many being disfigured

In 2005 India declared leprosy eliminated, stopped looking for sufferers and left it to them to seek help. Few could afford to. Now a vaccine is being rolled out to tackle a disease that twists fingers, melts noses and cripples many.

11 Feb 2019 - 7:20PM

In 2005 India declared leprosy eliminated, stopped looking for sufferers and left it to them to seek help. Few could afford to. Now a vaccine is being rolled out to tackle a disease that twists fingers, melts noses and cripples many.

India’s leprosy disaster, its millions of victims, and the vaccine that could stop many being disfigured
India’s history of cannabis use encourages scientists to explore new ways of using it as a legal painkiller

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine are working to create potential drugs for treating cancer patients. They hope to persuade the government to relax the law and regulate cannabis the way opium is regulated.

27 Dec 2018 - 7:14PM

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine are working to create potential drugs for treating cancer patients. They hope to persuade the government to relax the law and regulate cannabis the way opium is regulated.

India’s history of cannabis use encourages scientists to explore new ways of using it as a legal painkiller
Knee surgery transformed by stem-cell treatment: it could halve need for knee replacements, doctor says

Doctors take a patient’s stem cells and inject them in their knee to grow new cartilage, avoiding the need for knee replacement surgery; arthritis sufferers as old as 89 have benefited from the treatment.

22 Dec 2018 - 1:22PM

Doctors take a patient’s stem cells and inject them in their knee to grow new cartilage, avoiding the need for knee replacement surgery; arthritis sufferers as old as 89 have benefited from the treatment.

Knee surgery transformed by stem-cell treatment: it could halve need for knee replacements, doctor says
Jaipur’s new Gyan Museum provides another reason to visit India’s pink city

Probably the first private museum in the country, the Gyan exhibits the late jeweller Gyan Dhaddha’s collection of Persian rugs, royal costumes, prayer rugs and even ancient scriptures

26 Oct 2018 - 3:45PM

Probably the first private museum in the country, the Gyan exhibits the late jeweller Gyan Dhaddha’s collection of Persian rugs, royal costumes, prayer rugs and even ancient scriptures

Jaipur’s new Gyan Museum provides another reason to visit India’s pink city