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In the era of Covid have we lost our minds?

In this world where a pandemic is not discriminating who it attacks, we have for centuries been living with a pandemic that has touched every single person in the world in every era and has never been given the respect and healing it deserves. This is the pandemic that is mental health illness. Everyone of […]

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“This is not India” Muzi Hlengwa and the danger of identity politics in SA

By Global Indian Correspondent – Narendh Ganesh South Africa “THIS IS NOT INDIA” – You are very observant and geographically clued-up, Muzi Hlengwa – Sadly you are not very bright!* The article in the *POST*(December 2-6), “This is not India, Newlands residents told”, refers. The confrontation between residents of Newlands and Muzi Hlengwa, leader of […]

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Brainless beliefs and facts of reality – can we live in a world where both can co-exist, please?

Divya Nazran takes a second look at social constructs within the South Asian community, and provides a challenging view on beliefs v reality

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Human smuggling in South Africa

Human Smuggling is a major problem and South Africa has been identified as a Source, Destination and Transit country. This article reveals how SA passports have been obtained and dangerously used.

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East Africa and the need for a new narrative- Uganda

It was the community stories of the Ugandan Asians who arrived as refugees that captured everyone’s attention. It was a turning point in our collective view on how we were perceived and the dangers that lurked.

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Dreams and Immigration Guilt

Many of the global indian diaspora is dispersed through immigration. We are everywhere! Our parents and grandparents often tell stories of how they arrived in the country with nothing but a few pounds and a dream. We often laugh at this exaggerated statement but when we stop and realise the sacrifices they made, we are […]

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The cultural experience of loneliness – why South Asians need to take heed during the Coronavirus pandemic

Loneliness is an worldwide public health matter. This means many people across the globe have felt a lack of social connectedness for years. South Asian mental health is a concern for many health and social care services in countries across the world. Key factors here are stigma preventing help-seeking behaviours in brown people, isolated elderly […]

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Our journey in 2020

A special thank you to our growing Global Indian Family. In a year when identity politics divided nations, we stood together. In solidarity for something far greater.In a year where we were forced to stay apart, we connected the globe.In a year that, the mainstream media chose virtue signaling. We decided on the power of […]

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JUST FOR A MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TIME STOOD STILL

The ushering in of 2021 seemed so extraordinary – surreal in fact. No family and friends mingling, no hugs and handshakes for the neighbours – for the very first time in my life, and I suspect for countless others, the dawning of the new year could not have been so different as it was last […]

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IS IT MY INDIANISM, MY INDIANNESS OR JUST ME BEING INDIAN THAT I AM PROUD OF?

The colonial importation of Indian citizens from the sub-continent to South Africa in 1860 entrenched a historical perspective  that runs very deep into the veins of a country whose own history has ebbed and flowed in ways we least imagined. The prime objective of this importation was not simply a migration but a decidedly egregious […]

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Indian Indenture in the Centre of World History:

The East India Company, de-industrialisation, Opium Wars, and the Global Decolonisation Movement Dr. Kirk Meighoo ABSTRACT This article will place Indian indentureship in its wider historical context as part of the historically central, long plunder of India by outside forces, and not simply an isolated, peripheral occurrence related to the end of slavery. This gives […]

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GENDER, IDENTITY AND NATIONALISM – MADE IN PAKISTAN WITH MOIZ

What is identity and where do we draw the line between politics and people?  Is gender identity?  Do borders define our perceptions of it?  Who’s history matters most and do we need to question the colonial past that has defined us today?

In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to Pakistan to meet Moiz, a celebrated comedian and activist who takes us on a tour of social constructs, histories that have defined nations and the big questions you need to ask yourself. Warning there are two f bombs in this episode –

For me this is a conversation that needs to be heard and one that will leave you with more questions than most feel comfortable with… and in the greater picture of life, I believe that is a good place to be. 

 

Thank you to our guest @unrelentlesslyyours for sharing and being so open.

What are your thoughts on identity?  Share your comments below.

If you like what we do, want to share a story or support our work, please visit www.globalindianseries.com.

 

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Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – MOIZ

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @RajanNazran @globalindianseries

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WHAT’S GENDER GOT TO DO WITH IT? MADE IN INDIA WITH RUDRANI CHHETRI – EP 43

Why should your gender or sexuality define who you are?  And who controls the notion of identity?  One would guess that if you are not in control of it, you are being controlled by it…

Being ostracised by your own community, beaten and judged, all for self-determining your gender, is something today’s guest knows all too well.

The deeply rooted social stigma and prejudices that the transgender group face from members of society still exist, despite India’s declaration that they are the Third Gender under the constitution and should not be discriminated against.  Yet many are still denied basic rights and forced into poverty.  It is estimated that a whopping 74% of transgender persons have had to leave their homes and families because of their identity and have faced violence and abuse.

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to India to meet activist Rudrani Chhetri, whose fight for legal/social acceptance and respect of third genders has gone a long way.  Although Rudrani has faced many hardships, she is a talented model, actor and entrepreneur opening the first Indian transgender modeling agency called Bold, in 2015, which is bringing a new paradigm shift in the way fashion labels work. She also supports over 5000 individuals in Delhi, people often from dire situations. 

Rudrani is a symbol of inclusivity for many and today, she shares some unique insights into what identity means to her, and this notion of Indianness that we should be celebrating. 

 

What has been your experience with gender identity?  Share your comments below.

 

If you would like to share your story or would like to support our work with the Global Indian Series simply go to www.globalindianseries.com

With your help, we are creating the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the human experience of being a person of Indian origin around the globe.

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Rudrani Chhetri

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @thenazrans @globalindianseries

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2020 AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR LISTENERS – EP 42

In today’s episode I stay at home and reflect on 2020 and our 42nd Global Indian Podcast!

It’s been a life-changing year for most as the Covid-19 pandemic arrived quickly, quietly and everywhere.  I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to everyone who has been affected by this terrible virus, and express my gratitude to frontline workers, caring for our most vulnerable in impossible circumstances. Thank you for giving your strength to so many.

What began as a hectic year travelling to Canada, USA, Guyana and St Kitts over 2 weeks in January, with an abrupt stop before I could even fly to Italy, turned out to be a cathartic and inspirational movement of minds being shared in an open forum, for all to listen, learn and unite to.

We have aurally travelled around the globe, from Uruguay to Australia, Guyana to Botswana – we are everywhere and we have learned about our journeys, our identities and our Indianness.  We are set to travel to even more locations in 2021, so stay tuned!

I want to thank all of the amazing guests that have appeared on the Global Indian Podcast, who wore their hearts on their sleeves and bore all.  We have created a safe mooring ground and because of this, pertinent conversations have been shared.  Also a big shout out to my wife and kids, who, throughout various imposed London lockdowns, would often have to remain super quiet whenever recording; this can definitely be challenging for a 6 and 1 year old!

So to all; slowly but surely the pandemic will fade, so let’s welcome 2021 warmly.  May the New Year bring good health, happiness and good fortune. Until next week!

Happy New Year.

Rajan

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @rajannazran @globalindianseries

Special thank you to all our Guests in 2020, my dear friend and brother Kulvinder Ghir, and all our Global Indian Ambassadors around the world. 

2020 was the start of the Global Indian decade! 

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COVID, NEGLIGENCE AND THE NHS – A HOLIDAY MESSAGE EP 41

Speaking up or against something can have significant risks and our guest tomorrow did just that.  Concerned about the quality of care at the NHS, he lifted the lid on the circa 50,000 patients that are misdiagnosed every year!

There’s no doubt that the NHS and hardworking staff do an incredible job across the UK, but with inadequate funding and assessment, mistakes and errors around misdiagnosis are commonplace throughout the country. The NHS treats around 243 million patients a year and though the error rate is low, the misdiagnoses that do occur can lead to unfortunate and severe ramifications.

In today’s episode, Rajan stays in (mainly due to tier 4 restrictions :))  England to speak with Dr Umesh Prabhu, a former Senior Consultant and Paediatrician within the NHS who speaks openly about what really has been going on behind closed hospital doors, the reality of Covid-19 and the things you need to know to stay alive!  Today’s podcast is eye-opening and revealing to say the least!

If you would like to share your story or would like to support our work with the Global Indian Series simply go to www.globalindianseries.com

With your help, we are creating the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the human experience of being a person of Indian origin around the globe.

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Dr Umesh Prabhu

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @thenazrans @globalindianseries

What is your experience with the NHS and have you ever been misdiagnosed?  Share your comments below.

If you have been impacted by the themes discussed, either bullying in the medical workplace or negligence – please email [email protected] and we will do our best to support.

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FINDING MY VOICE THROUGH CANCER – SHRENIK SHAH EP40

The will to live is a force within all of us and the fight for survival when our lives are threatened by a disease such as cancer is something our guest is all too familiar with.

A cancer survivor for 24 years, Shrenik lost his ability to speak and lost his birth-voice forever. The bittersweet journey he then embarked upon allowed him to be heard and share his experience and unique understanding to empower others around the world.

Surviving cancer is anything but easy and in this episode, Rajan travels to India and talks to Shrenik as part of the Fighters Season. Today’s podcast is a celebration of life and determination to inspire.

Cancer is the uncontrolled development of cells in a specific part of the body. These cancerous cells can invade and destroy surrounding healthy tissue, including the organs. In India, over a million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, with the number increasing rapidly. 

If you would like to share your story or would like to support our work with the Global Indian Series simply go to www.globalindianseries.com

With your help, we are creating the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the human experience of being a person of Indian origin around the globe. 

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Shrenik Shah 

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @thenazrans @globalindianseries

What is your experience with cancer? How has your life changed? Share your comments below.

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Risking my life for a conscience vote | Big Oil & Guyana

The fear of being assassinated is not a fear most can relate to so imagine fleeing your country to hide, all because you used the power of your public office to make a stand for what was right.

Our guest Charrandas is a renowned Guyanese MP who caused a political storm after he voted against his own government in a no-confidence motion and caused it to collapse in December 2018. Expelled from his party over his vote, he was terrified for his own safety because of Guyana’s history of political assassinations and a public threat to his life from a fellow MP.

Charrandas’s single vote made history in Guyana and the Commonwealth Caribbean, except for the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In this episode, Rajan travels to Guyana as part of the Fighters Season to discuss the who, what, where and why of what happened and salute the rare, reassuring occasion we see an MP do what is actually right for society. Today’s podcast is as unnerving as it is courageous.

If you would like to share your story or would like to support our work with the Global Indian Series simply go to www.globalindianseries.com

With your help, we are creating the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the human experience of being a person of Indian origin around the globe. 

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Charrandas Persaud

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Social Media – @RajanNazran @globalindianseries

Do you know some amazing people like this? What have they achieved? Share your comments below.

What are your thoughts? Share in the comments below.

 

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GENDER, IDENTITY AND NATIONALISM – MADE IN PAKISTAN WITH MOIZ

What is identity and where do we draw the line between politics and people?  Is gender identity?  Do borders define our perceptions of it?  Who’s history matters most and do we need to question the colonial past that has defined us today?In today’s podc…

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