Shamim Chowdhury

Print and television journalist

Shamim Chowdhury is a print and television journalist. She has written for The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Mail and The Daily Express. All views are expressly her own.
As a Failed MP, Maybe It's Time George Galloway Switched

As a Failed MP, Maybe It's Time George Galloway Switched Professions

Now that he finds himself without a day job, maybe it is time for Galloway to focus his energies on what he does best. Maybe he will do a greater service to society as an activist and speaker fighting for the causes he believes in rather than a salaried MP who doesn't seem to create enough of an impact to get re-elected.
12/05/2015 14:21 BST
Don't Blame Radicalisation on Britain's

Don't Blame Radicalisation on Britain's Mosques

An unfortunate but perhaps inevitable consequence of the growing numbers of young British men travelling to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS is that the communities from which they hail will at best be scrutinised for answers, and at worst be blamed for playing a part in their radicalisation.
21/10/2014 12:37 BST
My Ordeal in the Hands of Ukrainian Immigration

My Ordeal in the Hands of Ukrainian Immigration Officials

Many years ago, back in the mid-nineties, I was employed for a number of years as an immigration officer. It was a deeply unpleasant job on many levels, not least because our task was to enforce immigration policies that essentially existed to prevent certain kinds of people from passing through our borders; those who were likely to find work illegally or to overstay...
22/04/2014 11:56 BST
The Day I Met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh

The Day I Met Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

The day I met Sheikh Hasina, I thought for a fleeting moment she was one of my aunts. She smiled at me in that distinct, maternal manner I associate only with Bangladeshi women of a certain age; her silk sari wrapped neatly around her body, her hairline revealing no attempt to hide the greys.
05/01/2014 00:03 GMT
There Is No Compulsion in Islam to Wear the

There Is No Compulsion in Islam to Wear the Niqab

If the accusation is that the banning of the niqab goes against religious freedom, the foremost question must be whether the niqab itself has any kind of theological basis. Until now there has been no compelling evidence to suggest that it has, and this is what appears to have got lost in the debate.
17/09/2013 10:10 BST
Why as a Muslim I Celebrate

Why as a Muslim I Celebrate Christmas

My enthusiasm is in no way hampered by the fact that I am Muslim, for I do not believe that by choosing to partake in a national festival, I am in any way compromising my personal beliefs. And I am not alone in this opinion. All across the land, posters for halal turkeys in butchers' shops in Muslim-populated areas such as Southall, Leicester and Birmingham stand testament to the significance Muslims place on this day.
23/12/2012 23:45 GMT
All Arranged Marriages Need To Be Addressed, Not Just Forced

All Arranged Marriages Need To Be Addressed, Not Just Forced Marriage

As far as attention-grabbing headlines go, forced marriage must surely be up there with the best of them. The two words alone form a neat juxtaposition that encapsulates the extremes of humanity; to force is to subjugate, to remove one's right of choice, to violate one's individuality.
12/06/2012 15:30 BST