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Episode 11 - Queerness, Gender, and Intersecting Identities with Prabh Kehal and Smalls

Today, I speak with two fantastic guests about queerness, gender, and intersectionality as Sikhs. Queerness and gender are taboo topics among Sikhs and queer Sikhs often experience within their own communities. We discuss the nature of this repression and how we can work together to combat those stigma.

Episode 10: Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory

"Remnants of a Separation is an Oral History archive focusing on material memory. It is the first and only material study of the Partition of India, taking into consideration those objects that refugees brought with them when they migrated across the border, those objects that were left behind in houses and lastly, those objects that were lost in the midst of the journey of migration."

Episode 9: The Sikhs of Afghanistan with Asha Sawhney

Afghan Sikhs are a dwindling minority in their home country. Learn how their unique position in Afghan society made them targets for competing Islamist factions. And how they do not see their oppression as an Islamic problem but a complex political one.

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 Christman,...


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

Dr. Jasjit Singh has conducted an in-depth study into Sikh activists and whether accusations of violent Sikh groups in the UK are valid. The results were illuminating in many ways. We learn what his findings tell us about the realities of Sikh activism, the narratives fabricated around Sikh identity, and how we can build meaningful conversations in our communities.

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 3.5 - 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 and...

Episode 3 - Sikh Resistance Movements w/ Sukhraj Singh (Sikh Talk)

Throughout their history, Sikhs have often found themselves at odds with the ruling hierarchies of their societies. This comes from a fundamental belief in the spiritual and material sovereignty of all people and their right to dignity. Social programs that seek to nourish all regardless of social standing have acted as radical tools of equality. Ultimately in many cases, Sikhs along with trans-religious comrades have directly resisted oppressive structures with both active protest and even...

Episode 2 - The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan with Amardeep Singh

Amardeep Singh left his life in the corporate world to investigate his ancestral history in Pakistan. Little did he know that this would lead him on two trans-Pakistani tours documenting the ancient forts, houses, and places of worship left behind by the Sikhs after India's partition. His work is compiled in two books: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan and The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan. Not only do they show the rich cultural legacy of pre-partition...

Episode 1 - 1984: India's Guilty Secret with Pav Singh

Pav Singh was born in Leeds, England, the son of Punjabi immigrants. As a member of the Magazine and Books Industrial Council of the National Union of Journalists he has been instrumental in campaigning on the issues surrounding the 1984 massacres. In 2004, he spent a year in India researching the full extent of the pogroms (from which members of his extended family narrowly escaped) and the subsequent cover-up. He met with survivors and witnessed the political fall-out and protests...