A discussion about all things brown, aka desi or South Asian.
Both sides of the Aryan debate
Razib, Gaurav, Mukunda, Kushal Mehra from Carvaka, and Kartik Mohan discuss both sides of the Aryan debate.
Episode 3 - All about IVC
Episode 3 of The History of the Indian Sub-continent series takes us to the Indus Valley Civilization (IVC). Our panel journeys from the banks of the Oxus River to the Deccan plateau. We connect the genetic and archaeological dots, speculate about people whose scripts we are yet to decipher, talk about what they did for a living, their towns, and what are the missing blocks in our understanding of that age. The Dancing girl from Harappa makes an appearance as do textiles and we ask if the great bath of Mohenjo Daro was really the great bath or was it something else.
Episode 2- Indian history through genetics
In this episode, Razib Khan explains the revolution in genomics and how it helps us reconstruct facets of Indian prehistory.
History of India Series E1 : 30000 feet view
In the first episode, Maneesh Taneja is in conversation with Dr. Omar Ali, Shrikanth Krishnamachary and Gaurav Lele. We take 30,000 feet view of the history of the sub-continent.
Rahul Pandita on Kashmir
Omar and Gaurav chat with author and journalist Rahul Pandita about Kashmir, pogroms, Maoists, the Indian state, ethnic cleansing etc.
Ambassador Kamran Shafi
Omar talks to Major Kamran Shafi, former press secretary to Benazir Bhutto and former Ambassador to Cuba
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.