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What does religion teach you?  Or did we eventually stop listening to the meanings like the chatter of background noise. Is it the cultural costume that take precedent or is it the teaching that we need to adopt? Do we need to update our approach it?

The quest for identity seems to be pulling our social fabric at the seams and recent events in Bangladesh, Australia and Afghanistan are evidence of this. We can’t seem to escape the division of something that was established to connect. 

In today’s podcast, Rajan stays in the UK to meet Lord Indarjit Singh, a renowned journalist, member of the House of Lords and a voice for human rights.  We look at the shifting sands of religion and uncover the great extent of his own work to help change the narrative of diversity. 

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About Lord Indarjit Singh:
Singh was born in 1932 in Rawalpindi, then in the British Indian province of the Punjab, and came to England with his parents in 1933. His father was a medical doctor. He studied engineering at Birmingham University. Between 1955 and 1975, he worked in mining and civil engineering for the National Coal for construction company Costain as a mine manager in India, and in local government in London.

He has advised, or been a member of, official bodies, including the Commission for Racial Equality and the Home Secretary’s Advisory Council on Race Relations. He is Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations (U.K.) and regularly represents the Sikh community at civic occasions such as the Commonwealth Service and the Remembrance Day Service at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London. Prince Charles, Anglican bishops and the Metropolitan police have consulted him. He is prominent in the national and international interfaith movement, a patron of the World Congress of Faiths and an executive committee member of the Inter Faith Network U.K.

His participation in the ‘Thought for the Day” feature on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme lasted from around 1984 to 2019.

(Extract taken from Wikipedia)


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Episode: 85

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer – Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Lord Indarjit Singh

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

Special thank you to TAIZU for the music


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