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In this ear-opening episode, Rajan takes a trip to a small destination that has been at the center 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 devastating history of Jammu and Kashmir that many have misunderstood. Some elements of the Podcast can be disturbing – please listen with caution.

The history of J&K is one in my mind steeped with both the horrors of what division causes and the human casualty of corrupt practices from those that use religion for personal gain.

Over 100,000 Kashmiris were murdered in a genocide that caused little but a blink in the international eyes. It was caused by fundamentalists who for serving their own egos, tore apart communities for perceived religious authority.  In my mind, this was not a case of Muslims v Sikh and Hindu. It was those who had the greed for power, turning on the base fears of the masses to have a sense of belonging.

There seems to be a generational shift in how many perceived Jammu and Kashmir but we also need to acknowledge that within a few short days on numerous occasions thousands of people have been displaced, families were torn apart and a murder spree began. This episode is a look into the region and discusses some of the key facts on the ground that we all need to be aware of.

Since publishing this podcast – I have received a number of threats for me to take this down. I decided that it was best to keep this up. For true freedom to exist for all, we must tackle the issues that many define their being on.  The intent of this podcast is to positively take a second look at another narrative. As always this podcast does not endorse the guest’s viewpoint, but simply provides and fan of publicity for a second look.

About Ridhi:

Ridhi (not her real name) is a Kashmiri Journalist who witnessed first-hand the devastation of the issues in the build up to the 1990s humanitarian disaster in the region. She spoke anonymously out of fear for her life.

About the Global Indian Series:

Rajan Nazran is the chief 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 global 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 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, OWM, Manager, ABC and many more.

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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. www.GlobaIindianSeries.com

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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music

Episode details:

Episode: 22
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guest – Ridhi
Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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