Girmitya and a question of identity with Aaisha Khan
15 March 2019 is as an everlasting mark in the modern history of New Zealand. The atrocity saw a gunman open fire in a mosque, brutally murdering 51 and injuring a further 40 whilst live streaming for the world to see. For some it was a turning point in how they viewed multiculturalism in the country, for others a stark reminder of the challenges that people of Indian origin face.
Across the pacific, from Australia to Fiji, over 500,000 PIOs call the region home, and the stories of lost identity and the need to belong are starting to emerge.
Today I am joined by activist, blogger and Global Indian Series partner to the region Aaisha Khan, who helps me come to grips with the deeper questions facing Indo Fijians and the uncomfortable questions that need to be asked. We deep dive into how the youth are starting to see their cultural past as well as the deep misconceptions that continue to exist.
About Aaisha Khan
Born and raised in New Zealand, Girmitya descendant Aaisha Khan is the founder and curator of Girmit Diaries.
While not working on Girmit Diaries, she binge watches Netflix shows.
As a partner to the Global Indian Series, she looks forward to continuing to explore Indo-Fijian history and sharing stories for the diaspora.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO) and liberal minds, because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For over 15 years I have travelled across the globe deep diving into 60+ countries whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for the ideas that re-shape a nation.
My purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, join in as we bring people and communities together.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest: Aaisha Khan
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