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South Asia Solidarity Initiative is a political organizing collective based in New York City. Our entirely autonomous and voluntary collective has been functioning since 2008. We build on decades of organizing work in the diaspora. We started this podcast in 2020 to share conversations about our political work, art, media and the world around us.
 
On Trailblazers, we dive deep into the journeys of trailblazing South Asians. To date, Simi Shah, our founder and host, has welcomed U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, Pernod Ricard Chairman and CEO Ann Mukherjee, 49ers President Paraag Marathe, and other world-renowned South Asian leaders. Learn more at southasiantrailblazers.com.
 
A solid hour of Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi music, contemporary and classic tracks, blended to give listeners with and without South Asian languages for a mother tongue a compelling listening experience. Local news and a relevant, local events calendar rounds out the program.
 
Join Sameer Desai as he chats with South Asians around the world to uncover their identities, successes, failures, and most importantly, stories. He profiles artists, writers, filmmakers, athletes, entertainers, and many more to discover South Asians who have taken a different path. Visit www.southasianstoriespodcast.com for full list of episodes and show notes!
 
The South Asian Mind Podcast is meant to be a safe space for ALL South Asian women through open discussions and culturally appropriate talks that will nurture their mental health. The podcast will include conversations with experienced therapists and psychologists who have a deep understanding of the South Asian culture. Through these conversations we will provide tips and general advice related to relationships, family and individual identity to people who identify as South Asian women.
 
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Chinese and Russian presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin will spend a “lot of time” discussing security in Europe and the set of demands Moscow has made of the West when they meet for talks next week, the Kremlin said on Friday.Putin will travel to China to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics on February 4 against the bac…
 
The takeover of the Taliban last year has had undeniable consequences for Afghanistan. At the start of 2022, Kabul is faced with political tensions within the Taliban government, an economic and humanitarian crisis, and strained relations with other countries in the region. To discuss more about challenges and prospects for Afghanistan, Ramita Iyer…
 
An oil slick off the coast of Thailand continued to expand on Friday and was approaching beaches on the east coast, home to fragile coral and seagrass, officials said.The oil leak from an underwater hosepipe at an offshore mooring point used to load tankers was stopped early Wednesday morning, but not before 140 to 375 barrels, or between about 22,…
 
Law and violence are thought to share an antithetical relationship in postcolonial modernity. Violence is considered the other of law, lawlessness is understood to produce violence, and law is invoked and deployed to undo the violence of lawlessness. Oishik Sircar's book Violent Modernities: Cultural Lives of Law in the New India (Oxford UP, 2021) …
 
When the coronavirus began spreading around the world, the remote Pacific archipelago of Kiribati closed its borders, ensuring the disease didn’t reach its shores for nearly two full years.Kiribati finally began reopening this month, allowing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to charter a plane to bring home 54 of the island nation’s …
 
The Philippines will grant entry to visitors vaccinated against Covid-19 from February 10, its government said on Friday, in an effort to boost a tourism sector decimated by the pandemic.The archipelago nation of more than 7,000 islands had planned to reopen in December, but that was aborted over concerns about the Omicron variant.Citizens of 150 c…
 
The Lunar New Year is typically a festival of abundance and excess. But three years into the pandemic, food prices have risen across the globe thanks to a confluence of pandemic-induced supply chain constraints, bad weather that decimated crops and surging energy prices have also affected the cost of fertilisers. The UN Food and Agriculture Organiz…
 
India is carrying out more warship patrols than ever before as concerns grow about the country’s ability to remain dominant in the Indian Ocean as China’s naval power quickly increases.The waters off India haven’t seen this many naval vessels together since the second world war as both China and Western allies deploy more warships in the area, acco…
 
North Korea conducted tests of an upgraded long-range cruise missile and a warhead of a tactical guided missile this week, as leader Kim Jong-un visited a munitions factory producing a “major weapon system,” state media KCNA said on Friday.Tension has been simmering over North Korea’s series of six weapons tests in 2022, among the largest number of…
 
China’s new ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian may have extended an olive branch by expressing a willingness to repair strained relations between his country and Australia, but the jury is out on whether his appointment will be enough to turn things around.While some analysts saw Xiao’s appointment as a tactical, though subtle, shift away from China…
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged closer ties and security cooperation with five Central Asian nations as he hosted their leaders at a virtual summit days after neighbour and rival China hosted a similar meeting.“Stronger cooperation between India and Central Asia is necessary for regional security and stability,” Modi said at Thursday’s …
 
Nearly a dozen poachers were jailed by an Indonesian court Thursday over the 2020 killing of five critically endangered Sumatran elephants and the illegal trade of their lucrative tusks, as the Southeast Asian archipelago’s battle with wildlife crime continues.Rampant deforestation has reduced the elephants’ habitat and brought them into increasing…
 
A recent move by California State University in the United States to institute protections against caste discrimination has sparked a backlash from academics of Indian origin, who say the move in itself is discriminatory. A debate has broken out on Twitter among opposing camps.Over 80 faculty members have written to university trustees saying the p…
 
Staffers have accused the top director of the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific of racist, unethical and abusive behaviour that has undermined the UN health agency’s efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.The allegations were laid out in an internal complaint filed in October and in an email last week sent by unidentified staff to …
 
Raj Balkaran interviews Hanuman Dass, Chairman and Founder of Go Dharmic, about his far-reaching humanitarian work and universal vision if Hindu values. We also touch on his co-authored works with Dr. Nick Sutton of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. Raj Balkaran is a scholar, educator, consultant, and life coach. For information see rajbalkaran.…
 
Nearly a century old, the grand façade of Bombay House is hard to miss in the historic business district of Mumbai. This is the iconic global headquarters of the Tata Group. Founded in 1868, the Tatas – India’s largest business conglomerate – have been a persistent and dominant presence in the economic and business life of the country. Their busine…
 
More than one-third of airline pilots are still not flying as the pandemic continues to take its toll on aviation globally, according to a new survey, though the situation has improved from a year earlier when the majority were grounded.In the Asia-Pacific region, the worst-hit globally by a drop in international travel due to tough border restrict…
 
Atar Sandler arrived in Singapore in 2019, seizing the opportunity to live in a buzzing global city that is also a convenient base to jet off to more exotic locales nearby.But after two years of mask-wearing, socialising in small groups and travel restrictions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, the Israeli human resources professional packed her bags…
 
Nuclear-armed North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea off its east coast on Thursday, drawing condemnation from the United States for what would be the sixth round of missile tests this month.It is among the most missiles ever launched by North Korea in a month, analysts said, as Pyongyang has kicked of…
 
Oil palm planters in Malaysia are confronting a hard truth – behind the red-hot rally in prices are thousands of jobs that nobody wants.While high prices typically encourage planting and production of crops, output in No 2 grower Malaysia slumped to a five-year low last year and planters say the main reason for that is the industry’s worst-ever sho…
 
The US government warned companies on Wednesday to be extremely wary of doing business in Myanmar, citing the risks of being linked to a military government involved in lawlessness and human rights abuse.Those involved with businesses controlled by the military regime “run the risk of engaging in conduct that may expose them to significant reputati…
 
China’s imports of coking coal plummeted in 2021, as the country strived to diversify its sources amid an unofficial ban on Australian coal and coronavirus pandemic-hit Mongolian imports, analysts said.China imported 54.7 million tonnes of coking coal – an essential ingredient in the production of steel – last year, down by 24.6 per cent from 2020,…
 
Until this week the Indian press had been keen to hype up Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s summit with the five Central Asian republics.So much so that some reports went as far as to claim that the meeting, to be held on Thursday, was a feat that neither China nor Russia – despite their close strategic and economic links with the region – had been ab…
 
Hundreds of traditional fisherman living just outside the Peruvian capital fear their livelihoods are ruined following an oil spill caused by a volcanic eruption thousands of miles away.Authorities called the spill, caused by an eruption on the other side of the Pacific near Tonga, the worst ecological disaster in Lima in recent times.Traditional f…
 
A political party worker who produces crowds for electoral rallies. A “prison specialist” who serves other people’s prison sentences in exchange for a large fee. An engineer who is able to secure otherwise impossible building permits. These and other dealmakers—whose behind-the-scenes expertise and labor are often invisible—have an intrinsic role i…
 
Two years after Japan locked down its borders to block the coronavirus, some 150,000 foreign students still aren’t able to enter the country, left in limbo by a policy that has disrupted lives and caused headaches for universities and businesses.The absence of the foreign students and researchers is being felt from big laboratories to small, privat…
 
Australia has blocked China’s request to establish a panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) to arbitrate a dispute on anti-dumping duties imposed on Chinese goods, further straining ties between the two sides.Canberra rejected Beijing’s appeal for the WTO to examine tariffs it levied on Chinese railway wheels, wind towers and stainless steel s…
 
North Korea fired two suspected cruise missiles on Tuesday, Seoul said, its fifth weapons test this year as Pyongyang flexes its military muscles while ignoring US offers of talks.The last time North Korea tested this many weapons in a month was in 2019, after high-profile negotiations collapsed between leader Kim Jong-un and then-US president Dona…
 
Indonesia will hold its next general election on February 14, 2024, easing speculation that President Joko Widodo would seek to extend his second term in the world’s largest Muslim democracy.Parliament agreed with the government and the election committee on the date, Home Minister Tito Karnavian told the legislature late on Monday. Regional electi…
 
The year 2022 is an important one for India. On the domestic front, five states are going to the polls while on the international front, the continuing India-China rivalry, India's participation in the Quad and growing regional power of smaller countries are set to have significant implications for New Delhi. In this episode of the South Asia Outlo…
 
The opposition leader in Australia said on Tuesday its relationship with China will remain difficult even if his centre-left Labor Party wins power at elections for the first time in almost a decade.Anthony Albanese addressed the National Press Club in what is regarded as an unofficial launch of campaigning ahead of elections due by May.Prime Minis…
 
To kick off Season 4, Simi welcomes Payal Kadakia, Founder of ClassPass, Artist, and Author. ClassPass is a subscription-based platform that enables people to book a variety of fitness classes without paying for individual memberships. After founding the company in 2013, Payal served as CEO of the company until 2017, at which point she became Execu…
 
South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases topped 8,000 for the first time on Tuesday, as the highly infectious Omicron variant, which became dominant last week, spreads rapidly despite the recent extension of strict social-distancing rules to slow infection.The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 8,571 cases for Monday, ex…
 
• Song One Nachhatar Gill Ardas Kran• Song Two Balkar Sidhu Aina Tainu Pyar Kran• Song Three SARDOOL SIKANDER & AMAR NOORIE'S College Vich pardi• Song Four Karamjit Anmol Yaara Ve• Song Five Armaan Malik Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo• Song Six Asha Bhosle Parde Mein Rehne Do• Song Seven Udit Naryan/ Alka Yagnik Aye Mere humsafer• Song Eight Atif Aslam & A…
 
Bangladesh's growth story has been quite remarkable, and its regional presence has been steadily growing in recent years. However, the country faces some challenges in ensuring economic growth as well as foreign policy tensions due to major power competition in the subcontinent. In this episode, Ramita Iyer, Research Analyst, ISAS speaks to Dr Masu…
 
Gentlemanly Terrorists: Political Violence and the Colonial State in India, 1919-1947 (Cambridge University Press, 2017) by Durba Ghosh uncovers the critical place of revolutionary terrorism in the colonial and postcolonial history of modern India. The book reveals how so-called 'Bhadralok dacoits' used assassinations, bomb attacks, and armed robbe…
 
Over the past few years, Nepal has seen major convulsions in its domestic politics as well as an intensification of tensions with its neighbours, especially India. However, the country is in a very unique position in South Asia's emerging geostrategic theatre, especially due to the attention it has been receiving from major powers in the region and…
 
In Partisan Aesthetics: Modern Art and India's Long Decolonization (Stanford UP, 2020), Sanjukta Sunderason explores art's entanglements with histories of war, famine, mass politics and displacements that marked late-colonial and postcolonial India. Introducing "partisan aesthetics" as a conceptual grid, the book identifies ways in which art became…
 
• Song One Raj Ghuman MASSAN LEYA• Song Two Sukhbir Rana Lohri• Song Three RAJ GHUMAN BALLE BALLE • Song Four RAJ GHUMAN NEW LOHRI SONG • Song Five Manni D Lohri Song• Song Six Alka Yagnik, Udit Naryan Kyaa Dil Ne Kahaa • Song Seven Atif Aslam Pehli Dafa• Song Eight Alka Yagnik /Kumar Sanu Dil Tera Aashiq• Song Nine "Yasser Desai and Rashid Khan " …
 
Since the 1980s, pictures by the late Goan cartoonist Mario Miranda have been used to adorn and confer ‘local’ flavour on a variety of public settings in Goa. Today, Miranda’s work is a familiar sight to travelers in Goa. While some of the pictures selected for display – including by the government in spaces that it controls – are historically and …
 
In the first week of January, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited to Sri Lanka and the Maldives - two Indian Ocean countries where it is looking to strengthen its influence. This visit is important for these island states not only in the current geopolitical and economic context but also historically as they both celebrate landmark years in th…
 
Raj Balkaran speaks with Laurie Patton, Professor of Religions and President at Middlebury College, about her scholarly journey, educational administration, poetry, trends in scholarship, the significance of Indian myth, and more. Raj Balkaran is a scholar, educator, consultant, and life coach. For information see rajbalkaran.com. Learn more about …
 
“Kashmir” carries the burden of being known as one of the world’s biggest flashpoints. If a novel, TV show, or video game wants an easy international crisis, there’s a good chance Kashmir will be the crisis of choice. But while Kashmir is globally known, few understand the roots of the conflict—or what the people that live in Kashmir actually think…
 
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