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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 the first Homo sapiens spread into India from Africa.

We then set the dial for 2600 B.C and marvel at the wonders of the Indus Valley civilisation before passing onto the Indo-Aryan migrations.

Then it is all aboard the time machine again: The Vedic Period, Buddha, the Jainism is founded, Alexander the Great almost Invades India, The Gupta Dynasty, Asoka the Great, Tamerlane,  Vaso da Gama gives some rubbish presents in 1498 to the King of Goa, Guru Nanak ( the founder of Sikhism) and thence to the Muslim conquest of the late 11th and 12 Centuries.

Then we’re off again, as we witness the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire and behold the rise of European power on the Sub-Continent.

We follow the fortunes of the Indian Company until the Crown takes over Indian affairs in 1858 after the Indian Mutiny.  Gandhi is born, then Nehru, Hitler and Churchill within the space of twenty years.

Then comes WWI and II. And so to Partition, the creation of Pakistan, India and Pakistan become nuclear powers the Operation Blue Star and the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the two genocides in India, the Mumbai terror attacks, the year in which the Navy Seals kill Osama Bin Laden and India in its precent incarnation.  All whilst tackling the shifting sands of identity, yes ambitious to say the least!

This is your ultimate guide through a journey in time.

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), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!

For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date 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 us!

Our 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, what we do is bring people and communities together.

We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.

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.

How to get involved:

Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you.

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode: 98

Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guests: in order of appearance

Alex – Senior Content creator – Global Indian Series

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