A discussion about all things brown, aka desi or South Asian.
Ambassador Kamran Shafi
Omar talks to Major Kamran Shafi, former press secretary to Benazir Bhutto and former Ambassador to Cuba
Surya Yalamanchilli on the Virginia elections, American politics, and the Indian economy and culture
Razib talks to Surya about politics and culture, both in the USA and India. Special focus on the November election in Virginia.
Major Amin on Pakistan, Afghanistan and the India-China conflict
Omar Ali talks to Major Amin to discuss the current Pakistan-Afghanistan and India-China conflict.
Dr. Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar, from physics to philosophy
Mukunda talks to Mrittunjoy Guha Majumdar about his intellectual project using the tools of science and philosophy to pursue truth.
Sheena Mason: decolonization, anti-racism and literature
Mukunda and Shahada have a wide-ranging discussion with Dr. Sheena Mason on race, literature, and culture.
Anti Hindu Violence in Bangladesh
In this episode of the browncast Gaurav and Mukunda talk with Alex Zuvran an Ex-Muslim Buddhist living in Bangladesh about the anti Hindu violence in Bangladesh.
The Razib Khan Show
First off, this review is mostly for the episodes that Razib hosts/leads. I often don’t have enough background to understand the South Asia-centric episodes unless they are pitched at Americans so I don’t want to judge those.
Razib is brilliant and I could basically listen to him expound on anything (I also love his genetics podcast The Insight). He gets some of the most interesting guests from the heterodox-Twittersphere, with a variety of interests and political perspectives. However, the actual discussions are not always the most engaging — the questions are sometimes pretty generic or it doesn’t feel like Razib is actually interacting with the guest all that much. The ones with a focus on world history or cultural dynamics are generally more interesting than the ones about contemporary politics.
Also the audio quality often fluctuates, fading in or out seemingly at random. Not a big annoyance, just pointing it out.
Unique set of guest
This podcast explores dimensions not found on other channels by inviting unique set of guests
Correction: Tibetan Buddhism and Empire
I just listened to an episode from May, 2020 on Tibetan empire and Buddhism. Emperor Songsten Gampo (who had a Chinese consort, Princess WengCheng) was the 33rd emperor, not the first!
It was Atisha/Atisa not “Himsha” who was the Bengali teacher/master that influenced current day Tibetan Buddhism. I wonder if you are confusing the word “Ahimsa” which is derived from Buddhism that principally means to not cause harm to living beings, basically non violent ethics.
I understand that this is something you are reviewing from the book but still, I would as a new listener appreciate it if you went in depth to do proper research to give out facts to your listeners.
Spouting out things that you aren’t even sure of yourself makes your hard work go to waste.