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The One with Shabd is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews with leading minds on all things Sikh: religion, culture, philosophy, history, politics, and more.

Listen to learn about the ideas, spirit, and people that shape the multifaceted universe known as Sikhi. What inspires a Sikh to wear a turban and grow long hair? What significance do Sikhi's symbology and ritual have to a people whose religion is skeptical of both? Why do Sikhs carry swords? What was the Sikh Empire?

Also learn about contemporary Sikh politics, historical research and people organising for a Sikh political future.

The One with Shabd Shabd Singh

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The One with Shabd is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews with leading minds on all things Sikh: religion, culture, philosophy, history, politics, and more.

Listen to learn about the ideas, spirit, and people that shape the multifaceted universe known as Sikhi. What inspires a Sikh to wear a turban and grow long hair? What significance do Sikhi's symbology and ritual have to a people whose religion is skeptical of both? Why do Sikhs carry swords? What was the Sikh Empire?

Also learn about contemporary Sikh politics, historical research and people organising for a Sikh political future.

    Sparks From The Same Fire with Jasdeep Singh

    Sparks From The Same Fire with Jasdeep Singh

    In this episode, Shabd interviews Jasdeep Singh, about his book 'Sparks From The Same Fire', a collection of 4 short stories. Each story explores experiences and emotions which weave us together in the tapestry of humanity.

    Jasdeep Singh spent years performing poetry as a hobby. Eventually people started referring to him by the town he grew up in - Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. His writing is influenced by Sikh philosophy, through which he is learning about the concepts of compassion, selfless service, and the common source of all things. He spends his days gardening, learning to ride horses, and having interesting conversations with people around the world.

    They talk about the Jasdeep’s experiences that went into the creation of the book, the theme of common origin and common struggle that tie all the stories in the book together, Jasdeep’s relationship with Sikhi and the Nihang tradition, and how all of this forms the basis of the stories in the book which by showing the commonalities amongst people, wants to unite them.

    Find Jasdeep Singh - instagram.com/jasdeepsinghrh
    Find the book - amazon.com/Sparks-Same-jasdeep-Singh-Richmond/dp/1777270901

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh)
    Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    1984: India's Guilty Secret with Pav Singh [Rebroadcast]

    1984: India's Guilty Secret with Pav Singh [Rebroadcast]

    The Sikh genocide of November 1984 is one of the most important moments in recent Sikh history. 8,000 people were killed and thousands more women and girls raped by orchestrated gangs over the course of three nightmarish days in early November. Pav Singh, journalist, author, and Community Associate at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London walks us through his new book detailing the historical context, sequence of events, and subsequent coverup the '84 genocide. 

    Find Pav online - twitter.com/PavSingh84

    Buy the book - kashihouse.com/books/1984-indias-guilty-secret

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh)

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sikhi for All with Tegh Singh

    Sikhi for All with Tegh Singh

    In this episode, Shabd interviews Tegh Singh about his experience as a Black Sikh in the community. Tegh Singh is originally from Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for over 6 years imbedded in infantry platoons as a Fire Support Specialist - a multi-faceted occupation centred around calling in mortars, artillery, and attack aircraft. After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, he married his long time best friend Rusveer Kaur in 2010, which is also when they began studying Sikhi together. As an interracial couple in the Sikh community, Tegh and his wife have faced many challenges before and since having their daughter (now age 4). They currently live in Calgary, Alberta; striving to make Seva the center of their lives; serving veteran and homeless communities, and speaking to youth about Sikhi, overcoming life’s challenges, and developing important life skills.

    Find Tegh Singh - twitter.com/TeghSinghCA

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh)

    Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv)

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    • 2 hrs 14 min
    Art and Acitivism with Sonny Singh

    Art and Acitivism with Sonny Singh

    Shabd interviews Sonny Singh who is a trumpet & dhol player, singer, songwriter and a social justice educator. He is also the original member of red baraat - a band out of Brooklyn, New York.

    They talk about Sonny’s experience with racism growing up, learning to play tabla and harmonium as a young SIkh kid, finding ska music, discovering and attending social justice movements and more - all of which go into his work as a musician and an educator today. His first single as a solo artist, ‘Mitar Pyare Nu’ comes out on August 18.

    Find Sonny Singh - https://sonnysingh.com/ and https://twitter.com/iamsonnysingh
    Find his single - https://fanlink.to/sonnysingh-mitar

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh)

    Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv)


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Pind with Hark1karan

    Pind with Hark1karan

    In this episode, Shabd interviews Harkaran or Hark1karan as he’s known online, about his photo-book, ‘PIND: Portrait of a Village in Rural Punjab’ which shows a specific culture, rooted in Indian Punjab, in a village called Bir Kalan, in the district of Sangrur, Malwa. It captures brilliantly the daily life of this village, its residents and the changing rural landscape without romanticising it.

    They talk about the story behind the book, the creative process and interactions with people of the village, Harkaran’s life being a creative person in the Punjabi community, and dealing with and capturing through photos, the questions of personal expression and changing ideas of normality in a community which is continuously evolving.



    Order the book - https://www.hark1karan.com/

    View the photos - https://www.hark1karan.com/the-one-with-shabd/

    Find Hark1karan - https://www.instagram.com/hark1karan/

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh)

    Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv)

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    A History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe [Part 2]

    A History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe [Part 2]

    This is Part 2 of History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe. The discourse between Philip, who has dedicated years to studying this story, and Shabd who was born and raised in the community, provide a unique perspective on the oft-misunderstood community.

    They finish up the history of the community and use them to talk about contemporary developments. They cover the relationship between gurus and students, 3HO’s corporate wing, ideological roots of the community, recent revelations and more.

    Part 1 - https://anchor.fm/theonepodcast

    Find Philip Deslippe at https://philipdeslippe.com and https://twitter.com/PhilipDeslippe

    Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh)

    Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv)

    Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/TheOnePodcast


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    • 2 hrs 20 min

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