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Episode 8: The Real MVP with Arish Singh

Arish Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for national acts like Hasan Minhaj, Hari Kondabolu, Tim Heidecker, and W. Kamau Bell. He was featured at the 2017 Bridgetown Comedy Festival and was a semifinalist for the 2017 Stand Up NBC Competition. Singh can be seen on the current season of the Netflix original series Easy cabbing around a semi-fictionalized Chicago. In real Chicago, Singh runs Monkey Wrench, a live monthly comedy show that has featured guests like Matt...


Bonus Episode - Prabodhchandrodaya with Jvala Singh

The Prabodhcandrodaya - The Rise of the Moon of Awakening, is a very influential Sanskrit play, written at the end of the 11th century. Rooted in Advaita Vedanta philosophy, the text took numerous forms over the centuries, including a Persian version (17th century), as well as a Braj Bhasha version (18th century) translated by Pandit Gulab Singh, a Nirmala Sikh.


Episode 7 - THE STORY OF SIKH "RADICALS": Sikh Narratives in the Media with Dr. Jasjit Singh

We’re now on Patreon! You can support the long-term viability of The One with a monthly contribution as big or small as you can spare. Everything is deeply appreciated. Go to to sign up today! Dr. Jasjit Singh is based at the University of Leeds where he is employed as a Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science (PRHS). His research focuses on the religious and cultural lives of South Asians in Britain, with a particular...

Episode 6 - The Material Realities of Partition with Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla

The stories from those on the ground are telling us something very different from the common narrative of communal violence during Partition.


Episode 5 - Headless Heroics with Jvala Singh

All Sikhs are familiar with the story of Baba Deep Singh - the brave warrior who led a mission to retake the Golden Temple from Afghan forces in the 18th century. In the traditional story, Baba Deep Singh loses his head in battle but stands back up, retrieves his head, and carries it the rest of the way to the precincts of the temple where he falls having achieved his goal. The story is a potent one that is meant to instill limitless resolve in the face of oppression in those who hear it.


Episode 4 - The Eyes of Asia with Charles Allen

Charles Allen, one of the great British historians of the Indian Sub-Continent of his generation joins us to discuss Rudyard Kipling's The Eyes of Asia. The new edition from Kashi House brings us the stories of four Indian soldiers writing home from the Western Front of the first World War. These fictionalized letters were created by Kipling through his reading of soldiers' actual letters which he accessed through the military censor at the time.


Episode 4 - Sikh Resistance Movements Continued w/ Sukhraj Singh (Sikh Talk)

The Khalistan resistance movement is rooted in the Sikhs long-term struggle with the Indian state. Since it's inception, India has imposed harsh control over religious and ethnic minorities and exploited and terrorized them for political and material gain - we have learned of the plight of the Sikhs in previous episodes. Learn a bit about the movement in this conversation. We also discuss whether a Sikh can also be a leftist and how to use leftist analysis to identify oppressive systems...