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A pod space for discussions on the South Asian diaspora, both as topic and lens through which to view our world. Hosted & Produced by Maryyum Mehmood and Aditya Desai.

Diasporasta‪n‬ Diasporastan

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A pod space for discussions on the South Asian diaspora, both as topic and lens through which to view our world. Hosted & Produced by Maryyum Mehmood and Aditya Desai.

    Political Panditry w/ Shivam Bhatt

    Political Panditry w/ Shivam Bhatt

    Shivam Bhatt joins us to talk about challenging Hindu fundamentalism and adapting his religious faith, values, and traditions towards contemporary social justice issues.

    Follow him on Twitter @elektrotal.

    Intro: "Dhalsim's Theme," Capcom's Street Fighter

    Outro: "Caught in the Divide" by Punk on Toast

    Cover Art by Nirja Desai, @kalakar on IG.

    Comments & suggestions for future topics: diasporastanpod@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @diasporastan.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    This Zameen Is Your Zameen w/ Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Dharna Noor

    This Zameen Is Your Zameen w/ Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Dharna Noor

    We examine the Punjab Farmer's Protest with a duo of interviews.

    British MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi details his engagement and advocacy for the protestors in UK Parliament and politics. Follow him on Twitter @tandhesi.

    Gizmodo writer Dharna Noor shares the environmental implications from her article, "What India Really Needs To Do To Protect Its Farmers." Follow her on Twitter @dharnanoor.

    • 1 hr
    Decolonization Is Not Just A Metaphor w/ Manu Chander

    Decolonization Is Not Just A Metaphor w/ Manu Chander

    Manu Chander, Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark and author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century, joins us to talk about Brownness and its expressions through political & poetic forms.

    Read his latest piece on Brown reading at The Rambling: https://the-rambling.com/2021/02/13/ramblist-chander/

    Cover Art by Nirja Desai, @kalakar on IG.

    Comments & suggestions for future topics: diasporastanpod@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Twitter @diasporastan.

    • 44 min
    Khidr Collective w/ Warda Khokhar

    Khidr Collective w/ Warda Khokhar

    We're back for Season 2! Kicking off with Warda Khokhar, nonfiction editor of the Khidr Collective Zine, a print and digital publication aimed at voicing the needs of young British Muslims. Their latest, Issue 4 "Water," is coming soon.

    Intro: "Bindis and Bangles" by Raja Kumari

    Outro: "XS" by Rina Sawayama

    Cover Art by Nirja Desai, @kalakar on IG.

    Comments & suggestions for future topics: diasporastanpod@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter @diasporastan.

    • 52 min
    Diasporastan Christmas Special!

    Diasporastan Christmas Special!

    We recorded a fun chat about Christmas memories with two beloved guests: returning by popular demand, Maryyum's brother Ahmed, and first-timer & Aditya's BFF (one of), Sumil Desai (no relation).

    Follow Ahmed on Twitter @Y_slap_m

    Find Sumil on LinkedIn.

    Intro: "Natal" by Samson Garcias via YouTube

    Outro: "Jingle Bells - Indian Version" via YouTube

    Comments & suggestions for future topics: diasporastanpod@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Twitter @diasporastan

    • 1 hr 25 min
    SAALT Tacts w/ Lakshmi Sridaran

    SAALT Tacts w/ Lakshmi Sridaran

    Lakshmi Sridaran, Executive Director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), joins us to talk about her career, SAALT's work, as well as the broader outlook for South Asian American political identity and engagement.

    Follow Lakshmi and SAALT on Twitter.

    Intro: "Brown Kid" by Anees

    Outro: "Vivasayam" by The Casteless Collective

    Comments & suggestions for future topics: diasporastanpod@gmail.com.

    Follow us on Twitter @diasporastan

    • 56 min

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