14 episodes

Cracking coconuts is a monthly podcast that explores political and social issues in South Asia. By providing a platform for voices that are often oppressed or censored, we aim to provide you an alternative perspective to the status quo.

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Cracking coconuts is a monthly podcast that explores political and social issues in South Asia. By providing a platform for voices that are often oppressed or censored, we aim to provide you an alternative perspective to the status quo.

    India bans Tiktok and tension at the Indo-China border

    India bans Tiktok and tension at the Indo-China border

    Maiyoraa is joined by 47 Roots' Vinorshan to discuss India’s current relationship with China, the ongoing tension on their borders, India banning Tiktok and a special tribute to the late and great S. P. Balasubramanyam.

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    • 37 min
    Bois Locker Room: Rape Culture & Harassment on Social Media

    Bois Locker Room: Rape Culture & Harassment on Social Media

    On May 2nd, screenshots of boys talking about their underage classmates, the way they look and their dressing sense in a derogatory manner, circulated across Facebook and Instagram. In this episode, Maiyoraa is joined by Shruti Balaji, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of International Relations, to discuss how social media provides a platform for rape culture and harassment to go unnoticed and what can be done to combat this behaviour.

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    • 37 min
    George Floyd and Dismantling Racism

    George Floyd and Dismantling Racism

    Protests began in Minnesota, the week before, to end police brutality against black folx in response to a video showing a white police officer killing Floyd, an unarmed black man. The protests have erupted globally calling for an end to police brutality, an end to the police state, and an end to institutionalised racism. In this episode, we will be unlearning racial prejudices and how to dismantle anti-blackness and white supremacy. We welcome on Tamarakile Koroye-Crooks, also known as Tk, a political intellectual and Human Rights and Politics student.

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    • 55 min
    Reflecting on Genocide: 11 years on

    Reflecting on Genocide: 11 years on

    Sri Lanka: The month of May is a momentous one in the long history of the Tamil people. For many Tamils, May is a month of mourning, commemorating and remembering. 11 years ago, tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians were massacred. Today, Maiyoraa is joined by Sagi Thilipkumar, PEARL’s Advocacy Coordinator for Switzerland and founder of Tamil Narratives, to discuss developments in the past year in terms of accountability and amplify the work of activists who endeavour to bring war criminals to justice.

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    • 35 min
    Delhi Violence Explained

    Delhi Violence Explained

    In this episode, we’ll be explaining the violence that has come about in Delhi in the last couple months, starting with the clashes with students in December to the recent state-sanctioned pogrom. This has now escalated to a full-blown discriminatory attack on Muslims in Delhi with at least 51 people killed and around 250 injured. Maiyoraa is joined by Sahima Gupta, from LSE, to deconstruct the violence, understand what’s going on and discuss the foreseeable future of India.

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    • 32 min
    Rape Culture and Hindutva in India

    Rape Culture and Hindutva in India

    A rape takes place in India every 20 minutes. The rape of the 23-year-old student took place just before Christmas 2012, bringing thousands of people on to the streets to demand greater protection for women. All of this happened before the current prime minister, Narendra Modi, took office, but he would like the entire subject to just go away. Maiyoraa is joined by Adrija Dey to discuss digital activism and how it has shaped political engagement in India, especially given the repression under the current Modi government.

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    • 39 min

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