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Issue 142 Friday November 7, 2008 Price 70p

‘I believe in choices, and being straight or gay is one of them’


An A-Z guide of women to be very afraid of




Trace your Indian roots A NUMBER of British Asians may become millionaires after the Indian government launched a project which could help them uncover assets that belonged to their ancestors. IndiRoots is an Indian governmentsponsored service for overseas Indians who may have left the country as semislave labourers in the 19th or 20th century or as economic migrants post-independence. The project will enable British desis to reunite with their ancestors or learn about their family trees – with potentially lucrative results. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs announced last week that the new tie-up with IndiRoots will begin this month. But it has warned that any such inherited wealth will come with a number of legal complications. Chandra Shekhar Tiwary, the Delhibased founder of IndiRoots, has been working on this project since 1996. Tiwary told Eastern Eye: “Any post-independence claims will be very difficult to access, as the Indian constitution was changed after 1947. “It won’t be very easy. But in my experience, most people use the service for emotional and sentimental reasons. I have been running this project because of the satisfying feeling of re-uniting longlost relatives.” Continued on page 8

Boxer determined to overcome setbacks SCOTTISH-ASIAN boxer Raz Parnez wants the backing of the Scottish community in his bid to shake up the world heavyweight boxing scene. The 26-year-old made his professional debut last weekend against Tony Booth at the Thistle Hotel, Glasgow, but his corner stopped the fight at the end of the fourth round. However, Parnez is looking to overcome that defeat just like he recovered from a serious knee injury five years ago. And he is determined to use his fame as Britain’s first Asian heavyweight to encourage more young people to take up sport. “There are a lot of youngsters in Scotland who

by ZEKRA RAHMAN and ZOHAIB RASHID want to get involved in things such as sport but after a few years, they lose interest because they don’t get the motivation or encouragement to continue,” Parnez told Eastern Eye Scotland. “In England, when people enter sport, they are encouraged to continue and money is being pumped in to see them succeed. In Scotland, either you try to do it on your own or try to get sponsorship. But I think it’s much more difficult. If you want to train full time, you need to have funding available so you can concentrate fully on what you want to achieve.”

Parnez has been involved in boxing for over 10 years but only recently returned to the scene after suffering a career-threatening injury. He had a glittering amateur career after picking up the sport when he was 16, winning a number of Scottish Boxing Championships. He then suffered a dislocated knee during a sparring session in 2003 and spent five years away from the sport. “I’m looking for the Scottish community to support me. I’m focused on my goal. I will not let minor setbacks throw me off my game plan. I am looking to give back to the community as well.”


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