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THE BIG DEBATE | FATE OF THE KHOISAN AND A QUESTION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY | SOUTH AFRICA

How do you define Africanism? Is it based on melanin, tracing ancestorial roots, or is it based upon how the Government of the day views you?  Further still, in a world of “woke” and intensely capitalistic politics, how are indigenous communities and tri…

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The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy

The young “Black” Lady who made a Tik-Tok video entitled, “The Hierarchy of our Blackness” The Indian Citizen of South Africa is your compatriot – not your enemy Madam My initial reaction after watching the video you made on Tik-Tok entitled, “The hierarchy of blackness” was to unleash a tirade at what I perceived as […]

Cross-Cultural Parenting Part 2 Indo-South African Couple

Today is our 29th episode , and we will continue to talk about ‘Cross Cultural parenting’.  Our guests for the day is an  Indo-South African couple Ksama Alur who was born in Bangalore and has spent significant time in 5 different countries.. and her South African husband Richard Kohler. Currently both of them are based […]

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If the USA can do it, why can’t we in South Africa? Is it time that we see a President selected on merit and not melanin to lead South Africa?

COULD SOUTH AFRICA HAVE A WHITE, INDIAN OR COLOURED PRESIDENT CHOSEN ON LEADERSHIP MERIT IN THE FUTURE? A Pik Botha Deja vu moment I encountered my first taste of racism at the tender age of seven. My dad had taken me on a fishing trip to what was then commonly referred to as the “Snake […]

Europe

THE POWER OF SOCIAL SCIENCE WITH ADAM HABIB | MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA

As voted by our global audiences: This week we invite Professor Adam Habib, academic, researcher, activist and now director of SOAS university to our virtual studios.  We discuss his own journey and controversies as well as tackle the ideas of identity, …

Africa

Open letter to The President of South Africa: Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa

The President : Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa The Republic of South Africa Sir, “IF YOU HOLD THE POWER, YOU BEAR THE RESPONSIBILITY” You will be soon required, as the president, to deliver your “STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS” – an address that is meant to inspire and motivate the country to do better, to live better […]

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THE POLITICS OF HATE | SOUTH AFRICA WITH NARENDH GANESH

From a peaceful protest that turned into mass violence targeting the minority communities of South Africa and ending the lives of over 300 people, the events earlier this year should have stopped the world in its tracks and been a poster on why ethnic bi…

Africa

IS JUSTICE SKIN DEEP? REVISIT TO PHEONIX SOUTH AFRICA WITH SHAM MAHARAJ

Joined by Global Indian Ambassador Rajesh Gopie, in today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet Sham Maharaj, and follows up on the latest news following the riots in Phoenix.
The discussion is a dive into the questionable aftermath and treatm…

THE COLOUR OF SOUTH AFRICA? – NEELOFAR SAYED

In today’s episode, Rajan stays in South Africa to continue the conversation about the ongoing riots and violence taking place as well as the apparent “race war” against people of Indian origin.
In conversation with Neelofar Sayed, a national radio prese…

Africa

ON GROUND WITH JAYSHREE PARASURAMEN: SOUTH AFRICA RIOTS

In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to speak to Jayshree, a reporter in South Africa who is living through the current riots and violence that has been engulfing the country since the jailing of former President Jacob Zuma last week.
The po…

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THE STORY OF INDIANS IN SOUTH AFRICA IS MORE THAN JUST GANDHI

Every so often humanity is tempted to bend the arc of history, only so that the mistakes of the past are meant never to be repeated. On November 16, 1860, a ship carrying 342 indentured Indians arrived in South Africa, and this arrival marked the beginning of a long but tortuous and painful journey in […]

INSIDE TRUTH – SOUTH AFRICA WITH NARENDH GANESH

Global Indian Correspondent Narendh Ganesh takes us on the inside journey to the truth behind South Africa. Featuring exclusive insights from on the ground and tackling the big discussions facing the community in the country.

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INDIANNESS AND A SENSE OF GLOBAL COMMITMENT- SOUTH AFRICA AND THE EFF

I dare say again, our duty of Indianness must go beyond the tricoloured flag of India.  Unlike structured religions where Pope-like figures lead congregations, as people of Indian origin we are led by the laws of the lands we now reside in and equally, need to place as much love and attention to our fellow […]

Africa

JULIUS MALEMA – THE SOUTH AFRICAN VERSION OF “IDI AMIN” – WE SHALL NOT YIELD!

Julius Malema, who believes he is a law unto himself, and one that the writer considers to be an absolute racist at heart, is skating on thin ice. At a press conference, the swaggering Malema unleashes a tirade against “Indian” South Africans, claiming that there is an “Indian cabal that is taking strategic positions in […]

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THE BITTER PILL OF DRUG ADDICTION| IN SOUTH AFRICA WITH GERALD MOODLEY

Drug addiction amongst the Indo-South Africans is an unspoken issue and over 60% of crime in South Africa is drug-related.  In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa to meet Gerald Moodley, a former narcotics addict who has experienced their dama…

Usha – South Africa

Awesome… I salute you Rajesh Gopi, well done. Let’s celebrate our Indian heritage-looking forward to more podcasts!!!

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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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DRUGS | CRIME ACTONVILLE – SOUTH AFRICA

The local and cluster police including a Major General Subbiah, a person of Indian origin that professes the Hindu faith were informed of this man’s illegal activities and they did not take any measures to arrest him.

Africa

The “hidden” apartheid they didn’t teach you – Made in South Africa

It is Black History Month but do we get taught everything in schools?  Are things better reserved for personal judgment rather than public knowledge?  How much do we really know about the key issues on hand?  In this ear-opening episode, Rajan travels to…

Africa

MY GRANDFATHER AND ME | ELA GANDHI – MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Part 3- In this episode – Explorer Rajan Nazran along with theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, plunge into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin in South Africa. In this special 3-part podcast, the pair meet with Ela Gandhi,…

RIOTS IN SOUTH AFRICA – Ela Gandhi Part 2

Part 2-  In this episode – Explorer Rajan Nazran along with theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, plunge into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin in South Africa. In this special 3-part podcast, the pair meet with Ela Gandh…

Africa

THE SOUTH AFRICA THEY DIDN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT

Rajan and Kulvinder plunge into the experience of being of Indian Origin as they travel across the globe in pursuit of answers to some big questions. In this ear-opening episode, Rajan meets Rajesh Gopie. A renowned actor, writer, producer, and social ac…

Africa

SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN AND DIVORCE | CHANGING THE STIGMA WITH NEELOFAR SAYED

Marriage is often considered sacred and even quintessential within our culture.  The mere whisper of ‘separation’ or ‘divorce’ is often riddled with stigma, especially within the South Asian community.
In today’s episode, Rajan travels to South Africa …

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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.

Africa

Africa is a playground for all ages. There’s the Sahara Desert, River Nile, Serengeti, pyramids, camels, white rhino, shark diving, dictators, eucalyptus forests, coral reefs and…Indians! The second largest continent in the world, Africa has had relations with India for over 3000 years and is currently home to over 3 million people of Indian origin. […]

Africa

MEET THE GLOBAL INDIAN WHO IS AFRICANISING MUSIC – ALISHA POPAT

Rajan and Kulvinder plunge into the experience of being of Indian origin as they travel across the globe in pursuit of answers to some big questions. In this ear-opening episode, they meet Alisha Popat in Kenya, a musician on a mission to “Africanise” mu…

Africa

FROM COMIC TO ”PUBLIC ENEMY”WITH KAROU CHAROU

What happens when you discover a “social consciousness” that dramatically disrupts your world view? Today we meet with Karou Charou (KC), a South African satirist who transitioned from living a relatively safe life in comedy to becoming “public enemy” nu…

Africa

THE TIME FOR PEACE WITH ELA GANDHI

 In this episode – Explorer Rajan Nazran along with theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, plunge into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin in South Africa. In this special 3-part podcast, the pair meet with Ela Gandhi, a peac…

Rajesh Gopie

Rajesh Gopie is a celebrated South African actor, comedian, writer and
voice artist.

Africa

MY DEAR ELIZABETH/LIZZI

MY DEAR ELIZABETH/LIZZIE By far, the reference to the late Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain as “My dear Elizabeth” and “Lizzie” by one Nelson Mandela, always evokes a wry smile in me, as much as it raised consternation amongst his close aides at the time. His reason was simple. “Why shouldn’t I call her Elizabeth, […]

Caribbean

President Donald Ramotar and Global Indian Ambassador presents to CCWU 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference

  Introduction Thank you for giving me this opportunity to be the Guest Speaker to your 5th Triennial Delegates’ Conference. It is indeed an honor to speak to your delegates and guests since some of the founders and very early members of your Union were members and founders of the political party which I have […]

Europe

THE START UP ”INDIAN VIKING” | I MADE IT IN ICELAND WITH BALA KAMALLAKHARAN

“A vibrant start-up ecosystem”, “green pastures”, “state-of-the-art technology”, “home of green tech” and a fight for global wellbeing…not the words typically associated with a country covered in snow on all known maps of men and Mordor!! Iceland, once p…

THE QUEEN, THE COMMONWEALTH AND THE BIG QUESTION WITH DR MOHAN KAUL

The UK is in a period of modern-day history, with some underestimating the longer term impact of the “change of the guard”.
Following HRH Queen Elizabeth II passing on, HRH King Charles III has become successor to the monarchy.  The same monarchy that is…

Africa

UGANDA – A NEEDED CONVERSATION ON 50 YEARS. WITH NARENDH GANESH

INSIDE UGANDA
This month I find myself on-location in Kampala, uncovering the unique stories that are redefining the notion of the identity of Ugandanness and uncovering the often neglected stories that could challenge the status quo.
Today I debrief wit…

Caribbean

THE ”CARNIVAL” OF NATIONAL IDENTITY – MADE IN TRINIDAD WITH DR KIRK MEIGHOO

The “unknown” Caribbean – Trinidad and Tobago
Ever heard of the term “Third World Nationalist”? Well neither did I until I met the infamous Dr Kirk Meighoo!  Kirk and I have been friends for many years, often being verbal sparring partners when navigatin…

Caribbean

CITIZENSHIP, CORRUPTION AND CHANGE – INSIDE DOMINICA WITH VANESSA WINSTON ST AGATHE

The “unknown” Caribbean – Dominica
In 2017 Hurricane Maria ravaged the Caribbean and hit Dominica like nature’s bulldozer. It tore through its once picturesque streets leaving in its wake deep questions for the region and like the proverbial phoenix, a n…

Caribbean

CHANGING FACE OF IDENTITY | SULEIMAN BULBULIA MADE IN BARBADOS

The “unknown” Caribbean.
An island known as the epicentre for Caribbean change and harmony, Barbados is a destination with an unusual history and a dedication to punch above its weight for environmental, cultural and economic custodianship.  It has also …

Caribbean

QUEEN AND MY COUNTRY – REPARATIONS & THE CARIBBEAN WITH DR ADRIAN AUGIER

The “unknown” Caribbean.
Anger, resentment, and an official apology… it is certainly not the words that modern day Britain wishes to have branded next to the Queens 70th Jubilee. But as the demands intensify over the question of reparations across the Ca…

Caribbean

THE CARIBBEAN SEASON – ST LUCIA AND IDENTITY WITH DR STEPHEN KING

Today we begin a deep-dive journey into the “unknown” Caribbean, looking at countries, people and economies. This week I am joined by Dr Stephen King with a guest appearance by Adrian Augier, to look at the under reported aspect to St Lucia, as we go bey…

Europe

TRUTH BEHIND NATIONAL FLAGS AND A CALL FOR CHANGE WITH OSKAR PERNEFELDT AND ANGUS ROSE

Today we tackle two subjects that co-exist in the grander scheme of human identity. Firstly, I meet with Angus Rose who has been on an indefinite hunger strike since 14/3/2022 outside of the Houses of Parliament (UK). We speak about a scientific paper th…

Europe

CHALLENGING OUR CONCEPT OF BEAUTY WITH ARMAND BEASLEY | MADE IN BRITAIN

In a world of beauty and the never-ending journey to the illustrious fountain of youth, many often find themselves at odds with the convenience of social media filters or the latest beauty products. In today’s episode I am joined by friend and familiar f…

Africa

INSIDE STORY | WOMEN’S DAY SPECIAL WITH PRAGNA HAY | MADE IN UGANDA

Lights, camera and action?
From celebrity endorsements, high impact social media statements and companies paying service to challenging perceptions, International Women’s Day is here. Much can be said about a world of virtue signalling or the economics o…

Europe

SOCIAL STEWARDSHIP WITH RASHID GATRAD | MADE IN MALAWI

The UK is an eclectic mix of culture, religion and ethnicities but what makes one British?  Is it skin colour, accent or is it found in the difference one makes to society?  
In today’s episode, I am joined by Professor Rashid Gaitran where he discusses …

Asia

5 Reasons Why Wealthy POI’s Should Consider Citizenship by Investment

To pursue Citizenship by Investment or not to pursue Citizenship by Investment? That is the question. Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles by investing in your future and by opposing end them. We at the Global Indian […]

Asia

GENDER AND SOCIETY WITH PADIPTA RAY | MADE IN INDIA

In the world of identity politics a new movement of non-binary has emerged, but what does it all mean? Our perceptions of gender have been somewhat “long” formed, however when we break down the roles assigned to our social ideals of how genders must assu…

Europe

THE HUNDRED GREATEST CONVERSATIONS – CELEBRATING HUMANNESS

For 100 weeks we have been on a quest to uncover the human experience behind our perceptions of identity, the very definition of how we choose to live our lives and the impact it has on the world at large.
This evolving quest has redefined an entire gene…

Asia

The Memons

Long and proud is the history of the Memons. Traditionally, Memons have made highly successful merchant tradesmen. They have long had a well-deserved reputation for alms-giving and philanthropy. But who are they? Tracing their roots to Sindh, Kutch and Kathiawar, the Memons are an ethnic group whose origins are much debated. According to one hypothesis, […]

Asia

The Secrets of Citizenship by Investment They Don’t Want You to know

Seen through a South Asian prism, Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes are looking an increasingly attractive proposition. A snap shot brief  for PIOs considering Citizenship by investment and residency.  Life is hard for many people of the Indian diaspora. From the riots in South Africa to the racial tensions in many Caribbean islands, many […]

Asia

Why The Super-Rich Love Citizenship by Investment

Fear + money makes for a powerful cocktail. If you are ultra-rich, keen to protect your business interests and your family, then you will stop at nothing to do so. Naturally, if you and your family are interested in acquiring citizenship of another country, then you want to see a good return with your investment. […]

Covid and our stories

The world is changing, and I am proud to say we are part of that change as the Global Indian. Just under 2 years ago, before working from home was merely a privilege for the chosen few, and a national toilet paper rationing was something left to the wild imagination of writers of satire, there […]

Caribbean

The Price of Citizenship?

With the rise in anti-Indian sentiment in countries such as South Africa coupled with tougher anti-immigration policies in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, we children of the Indian diaspora, increasingly need to look our futures. Life in South Africa has become intolerable for many Indians. The riots of 2021 will leave scars for many years […]

Africa

THE HISTORY OF INDIANNESS | THE SUGAR WAR

Today marks the second voyage of the History of Indianness.  In this episode we look back at the almost forgotten world of Indentureship and the silent war that was Sugar. With painstaking research, we bring together a formidable group of historians, for…

Europe

New Year’s Resolutions- The Global Indian Series’ Style

It’s that time of year again! A new year, a new start, and chance to be the best you can be. That goes for us at The Global Indian Series. So here’s Our Pledge to you for 2022 We will promise to plunge into the human experience, cover the stories that matter to you and […]

Is the war on “drugs” a war on society?

Civilisation & Drugs-The Hidden Truth   For most, the notion of psychedelics brings to mind Goa in the 1970s or the Beatles sitting crossed legged, beads in hand exploring the yellow submarine of sorts. However despite the propaganda of the notion of left field hippies, there is a growing movement of change that is dispelling […]

Europe

NATIONALITY, BORDERS AND MY BROTHER | GURPREET SINGH JOHAL

The Nationality and Borders Bill will inevitably raise questions for many in the UK.  For some it creates a hierarchy of citizenship, and for others, it belittles the very foundation of identity.   
What does it mean to be British? Should we be worried a…

Africa

RECIPE FOR DISASTER – POVERTY, HISTORIC WOUNDS, AND A POLITICAL IGNITION?

Never did it cross my mind that my home and people would need to be protected in the manner which has been required over the last week. The sense of survival and fear mixed with adrenaline was the combination felt by many citizens in the KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng provinces of South Africa. It was […]

Asia

LEAVE, CONVERT OR PERISH: THE FATE OF AFGHANISTAN’S MINORITIES

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator | President Biden’s decision to ‘end the war in Afghanistan’ means the complete withdrawal of 3,500 US troops by the 20th anniversary of 9/11. However, what may be domestically popular — particularly among Trump voters — will soon have consequences for the Afghans left unguarded by […]

Africa

ZUMA’S ARREST: NO CAUSE FOR CELEBRATION, BUT FOR INTROSPECTION

*The mandamus of our constitutional court must hold* The circus that was ended in a rather tame end – Jacob Zuma meekly handing himself in to the South African Police Services for incarceration. While the country was on the brink of violence in the last week, as intimated by his supporters, we cannot seek pleasure […]

Africa

CROSSROADS OF MY IDENTITY – MADE IN MALAWI WITH HAROON SACRANIE

In today’s episode Rajan travels to Malawi to meet with leading entrepreneur, friend and Malawian, Mr Haroon Sacranie.
His story of determination is an inspiration to many, as despite being exiled in and out of the city based on the colour of his skin an…

Europe

CONVERSION THERAPY – A GLOBAL ISSUE

Conversion therapy is the practice of attempting to treat, correct or cure sexual orientation or gender identity. Primarily used against homosexuals during the 20th century, it has a long-lasting legacy across the globe. One of the main reasons for this is colonialism. Western understandings of same-sex sexuality as a sin, crime or disease were imported […]

Caribbean

H.E HON GUY JOSEPH AND MR HAROON SACRANIE JOIN THE MOVEMENT

The Global Indian series expands to St Lucia and Malawi making it one of the world’s fastest-growing encyclopedias of people of Indian origin. On behalf of our team at the Global Indian Series, it is my deep pleasure to announce the joining of H.E Hon Guy Joseph, Minister of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport […]

Caribbean

THE TRAGEDY OF PALESTINE

On Monday May 10, clashes between Palestinians and Israelis erupted once again. The reason for the clashes this time was due to the fact that the Israeli regime have moved to expel Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem to make way for new Israeli settlers. They are people who were not just born in […]

Caribbean

A REGION THAT CHANGED A NATION : GUY JOSEPH | MADE IN ST LUCIA

The Podcast:
In today’s episode, Rajan travels to St Lucia in the Caribbean to meet with politician and renowned social custodian Honourable Guy Joseph, Minister for Economic Development in St Lucia and person of Indian origin.
Approximately 5000 persons…

Europe

LEARNING TO LOVE – IDENTITY OF BLM

My daughter Larra wrote this – at the time she was 6. She entered a literary competition for Black Lives Matter. She did not make it into the finals, but for me, the theme and how it was tackled by her could be a lesson that we can all learn from our children. It looks […]

Americas

WHY SIKHS ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS MASS SHOOTING

by Hardeep Singh | First published in The Spectator Last week, the New York Times mapped the location and number of casualties of mass shootings that have occurred on US soil in 2021. It’s a ‘partial’ list, but remarkable, nevertheless. March alone saw the senseless killing of ten people in Colorado, four in California, eight in Atlanta, […]

Asia

HIDDEN INDIA | COVID | FARMER PROTEST – ANN DAATA

Today’s Podcast:
With images of mass cremations hitting global headlines, 300,000 and growing daily (registered) Covid case rates, in addition to the world’s largest protest where Farmers from across India are gathered in Delhi to pursue reforms, Delhi i…

Europe

Dr Mohan Kaul joins the Global Indian Ambassadors

Press Release: On behalf of the Global Indian, it is a pleasure to announce the joining of Dr Mohan Kaul to our Global Indian Ambassadors program. Dr Kaul brings over 30 years dedicated international experience.  From setting up the Commonwealth Business Council through to hosting over 50 high-level initiatives and forums involving heads of government, […]

Asia

GENDER, IDENTITY AND NATIONALISM – MADE IN PAKISTAN WITH MUHAMMED 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…

Africa

JUST FOR A MOMENT LAST NIGHT, TIME STOOD STILL

The ushering in of a Global Indian 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 […]

Africa

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 […]

Caribbean

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 […]

Africa

“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 […]

Toddy – UK

It is fascinating to get a historical perspective – Indians were considered black when they joined the anti apartheid fight but were seen as Indians again once the main fight was over…. reflecting the difficulty of being a minority, albeit a large one in South Africa

Africa

RETURNING FROM THE EDGE – MY BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM

A recovering alcoholic whose life spiralled out of control from the age of 13 almost leading to murder and the voyage to sobriety.

Africa

Lest we forget. The Coolie Odyssey

Rajesh Gopie delves into the question of identity, indenture and the need to understand more about our joint experiences

2009

African voyage begins. Over the upcoming 5 years, Rajan travels to Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Morocco, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia to name a few. Work is featured in TIME, Capital Magazine, and Shanghai Daily.

Asia

THE INSIDE STORY THE MEDIA REFUSE TO SHARE – JAMMU AND KASHMIR

In this ear-opening episode, Rajan takes a trip to a small destination that has been at the centre of conflict between India and Pakistan. Today, we meet “Ridhi”.  Speaking to us anonymously,  she shares with us the truth behind the headlines and the dev…

Asia

EMPOWERMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP – MADE IN SINGAPORE

In this ear-opening episode, Rajan takes a trip to Lisbon to meet with the remarkable Chitra Stern. They speak about her inspiring upbringing in Singapore and the rise of her business interests in Portugal. It’s a candid conversation that delves into fem…

Asia

THE DARK SIDE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY- MADE IN PAKISTAN

In this episode – Explorer Rajan Nazran along with theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, plunge into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin and the conversations you need to know. In this special 2-part podcast, the pair meet w…

Asia

CASTING COUCH AND NEPOTISM – THE CONVERSATION YOU NEED TO HEAR

In this episode – Explorer Rajan Nazran along with theatre actor and social activist Rajesh Gopie, plunge into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin and the conversations you need to know. In this special 2-part podcast, the pair meet w…

Caribbean

CHUTNEY MUSIC LOVE AFFAIR – MADE IN THE CARIBBEAN

Rajan and Kulvinder plunge into the experience of being of Indian Origin as they travel across the globe in pursuit of answers to some big questions. In this ear-opening episode, they meet recording artists Anisa Singh, who introduces them to the unique …

Asia

FLOODS, COMMUNITY AND THE NEED FOR CHANGE – PAKISTAN WITH IMRAN MOMINA

Over 33 million people have been displaced, thousands have lost their lives and many more are facing an exhausting battle for survival. A lake of over 100km has engulfed crops, livestock and livelihoods.  The sentient impact of the floods in Pakistan wil…

Europe

A QUESTION OF BRITISHNESS – BEHIND THE ELECTIONS WITH ASH VERMA

Today I find myself back in the city of London joined by our Global Indian Ambassador for International Trade and Social Development and former senior civil servant Ash Verma, as he guides me through the dramatic changes unfolding in the UK political sce…

Americas

LIVE FROM MEXICO – LESSONS FROM GANGS & THE HOMELESS WITH JAY TROST

Today I find myself in the land of the Incas, home to Iguanas that casually walk across the tropical terrain and the magnificent Blue Whale that inhabits its oceans. These sultry lands also host another fascinating artefact of history; that as early as 1…

Asia

LIFE, LAUGHTER AND SOCIAL THOUGHT WITH NITINN MIRANNI

It is undeniable that comedy plays a vital role in our lives, and some may argue that the secret to life itself is found in laughter. But how does society view comedians? Are they evolved sages that masterfully provide social commentary whilst inspiring …

LIVE IN TORONTO -FREEDOM CONVOY & CANADIANNESS WITH PALMINDER SINGH

Canada is often seen as the land of the free, liberal and a poster child for how a country should be. Today I find myself in the streets of Toronto being guided by investigative journalist Palminder Singh who provides me a deeper insight into the highly …

BURLESQUE AND THE LESSONS FOR HUMAN IDENTITY WITH SHIREEN ASTON

Has society reshaped our understanding of nudity, sensuality and sexuality and does it impact the human experience? 
Today I am joined by Shireen Aston, as she dives through the ideas that shape the art form of Burlesque, whilst stripping away the stigma…

LEARNING FROM ADVENTURE: MADE BY THE PLANET WITH BOB BHANIA

The existential question that we all will ultimately face, is not one of personal material wealth, but one of a lived life experience that goes beyond a concrete jungle. The stark reality is that we often find ourselves living in autopilot, often substit…

ARE WE COMMITING SELF MURDER? PLASTICS, OCEANS AND CHRIS DESAI

As temperatures soar across the UK, one can’t help but feel that they have entered an alternate reality that includes Baywatch fanatics and Londoners who have lost all ability to cope with the changes in temperature. Sticky tube rides and tempered glares…

LIVE FROM THE SOURCE – A QUESTION OF IRISHNESS WITH CORMAC O DONNCHU

INSIDE IRELAND
A gruelling travel schedule saw me torn away from the beauty that is Uganda, a destination where the infectious warmth of its people is equally paralleled with the controlled chaos of its Kampala traffic.  Truth be told, it is a destinatio…

Africa

INSIDE UGANDA – UNCOVERING UGANDANNESS AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

 
INSIDE UGANDA
A country that is part of the collective memory of South Asians everywhere with a history that is both rich in sentiment and diced with fear, Uganda holds the attention of our global communities for a variety of reasons, including the eve…

Africa

UNCOVERING UGANDA – LIVE FROM KAMPALA WITH AZHAR BANDALI JAFFER

INSIDE UGANDA
A country that is part of the collective memory of South Asians everywhere with a history that is both rich in sentiment and diced with fear, Uganda holds the attention of our global communities for a variety of reasons, including the event…

Caribbean

WOMEN AND RELIGION – WITH NUTAN RAGOOBIR MADE IN TRINIDAD

The “unknown” Caribbean – Religion, Gender and Identity
 
The vast majority of those who came to the Caribbean from India were of the Hindu culture/faith. Many were guided by the stories of the epics – ranging from the Mahabharata through to the Rāmāyana…

Caribbean

A QUESTION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY: MADE IN NEVIS WITH PREMIER MARK BRANTLEY

The “unknown” Caribbean – The Island of Nevis
From the incredible mango festival through to some of the kindest people on earth, Nevis in my opinion is the cultural capital of conscious living. Nestled between its unbroken shores lies everything from the…

Caribbean

UNTOLD HISTORY OF GUYANA WITH BAYTORAM RAMHARACK

 
The “unknown” Caribbean – Guyana
 
Guyana is like a familiar soft aroma that anchors you to a nostalgic period of time. However in this case, those memories are peppered with a tapestry of emotions that range from wanderlust and awe through to damn rig…

Asia

SINDHINESS AND THE UNTOLD TRUTH OF PARTITION WITH SAAZ AGGARWAL

 
From the Kashmir Files, through to the “horrors” of partition, much can be said about the changing trends of how we view identity within the region and the role of the media. Today I am joined by the remarkable author Saaz Aggarwal to discuss her journ…

Africa

UGANDANNESS AND THE POWER OF CHANGE WITH ODREK RWABWOGO

The history of Uganda evokes a deep emotion from people of Indian origin across the globe. The mere mention of Idi Amin becomes a mythical spell that divides people, communities and creates deep rooted misunderstanding. This year marks 50 years since the…

Asia

HAPPINESS AND MY LIFE | KELLY DORJI | MADE IN BHUTAN

Bhutan is a country that measures national happiness as a way of human custodianship, but how does that upbringing impact the way you see life and interact with the existential ideas whilst forging your own career? In today’s show we meet with Kelly Dori…

How Diverse is diversity?

Despite being the second-largest ethnic group in the UK, British Asians are conspicuous by their near absence from most adverts, programmes (terrestrial, streaming on otherwise).  Stereotypes abound. People of Indian origin still tend to play doctors, scientists and when they are cast against type, it all too often feels like tokenism. If the advert wants […]

Asia

HISTORY OF INDIANNESS – VOYAGE THROUGH THE AGES – FINAL LEG

In this our last podcast in our History of Indianess, we put our time machine through its pace as we whisk through 1.5 Million years of Indian History!
 
We begin before the beginning with Homo Erectus, then make a brief stop some 50 000 years ago when t…

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THE START UP ”INDIAN VIKING” | I MADE IT IN ICELAND WITH BALA KAMALLAKHARAN

“A vibrant start-up ecosystem”, “green pastures”, “state-of-the-art technology”, “home of green tech” and a fight for global wellbeing…not the words typically associated with a country covered in snow on all known maps of men and Mordor!! Iceland, once p…

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