Cancelling curry is ‘based on ignorance’

The push to have the word ‘curry’ cancelled is “based on ignorance”, according to author and broadcaster Kel Richards.

In an Instagram video viewed more than 3.6 million times, food blogger Chaheti Bansal calls for people to "unlearn" the term, as it was “popularised by white people who couldn’t be bothered to learn the actual names of our dishes”.

Mr Richards says there are “no facts” to support this claim, as the word curry “first appears in the English language in 1598”, which was 200 years before India became a British colony.

“The idea it’s got any connection with the British East India Company or colonialism is just historically wrong, they’ve got their dates wrong.”