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  • Rajesh is a prominent anti-caste voice who through his work and writing, critically analyses Savarana gaze in Indian art and cinema. He is a film-critic who writes for many prominent publications. Last year his brilliant short film  “The Discreet Charm of the Savarana.” was released.

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    Some of the important issues that we discussed in the podcast:

    1. Thoughts on anti-caste films that are made in Tamil or other south Indian film industries as compared to films that are made in Mumbai Film Industry. Are films from the South more conscious and aware about caste as compared to Mumbai ones?

    2.He has critically analysed the films and Politics of Mani Ratnam. In his essay for Huffington Post he wrote about “The Right-Wing Hindu, Hypernationalist Politics of Mani Ratnam’s Films.” We discuss in detail about his views about filmmaking and politics of director Mani Ratnam.

    3. About the quality of film criticism in India.

    4. Rajesh’s thoughts on why Mumbai film industry can’t make any good anti-caste films ?

    5. He explains about how Rajnikant choose to work with Pa. Ranjith and why it was a ‘shrewd choice’ ?

    And so much more. 

    Rajesh Rajamani:  https://twitter.com/rajamanirajesh?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

    Essay: The Right-Wing Hindu, Hypernationalist Politics of Mani Ratnam’s Films : https://www.huffpost.com/archive/in/entry/the-right-wing-hindu-hypernationalist-politics-of-mani-ratnam-s-films_in_5f382534c5b69fa9e2fc3eef

    The Dharavi story in Tamil cinema: How 'Kaala' inverts the 'Nayakan' gaze: https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/dharavi-story-tamil-cinema-how-kaala-inverts-nayakan-gaze-87512

  • Payal is a filmmaker based in Mumbai. Her latest film ‘ A Night of Knowing Nothing’ won the prestigious ‘The Golden Eye, The Documentary Prize’ at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

    She is the first Indian to receive the honour since the award’s initiation. Earlier, her short film “Afternoon Clouds” was shortlisted for the short fiction film category at the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in 2017.

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    In this podcast we talked about:

    Her experience at the Cannes film festival. Payal talks about her background and how she got fascinated by cinema. Decay in the culture of alternative cinema spaces in India. Are audiences in India still not ready to consume art house cinema ? The idea of discipline in the creative world. How to find the original voice in the film school and what is the meaning of ‘honesty’ in creativity. Self doubts in the life of an artist and it is one of the most dangerous phases to go through for any artist. How much validation of a festival is important for an art house filmmaker. How does the idea of rhythm work in filmmaking? How art films play around with the concept of ‘time’ in cinema. Her thoughts on cinema as a political tool and how does the intersection of aesthetics and politics work in today's age? Some of our rants against Dil Chahta hai and Rang De Basanti. Regressive politics of well made Bollywood films. Why are there a lack of women filmmakers in our country and what can be done to improve the diversity ?

    Link for few topics covered in the podcast:

    Payal’s film afternoon clouds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kHrUDoW8i4&t=155s

    My article fo Times of India Blog: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/readersblog/anurag-minus-verma/why-hating-jnu-is-becoming-a-favorite-hobby-of-our-country-9616/

    Kramasha by Amit Dutta: https://youtu.be/hlyowrMY3qQ

    Murder at Monkey Hill movie: https://www.cultureunplugged.com/documentary/watch-online/filmedia/play/520/Murder-At-Monkey-Hill

    Letter to a young poet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letters_to_a_Young_Poet

    Godard’s Bande a part- One minute of silence : https://youtu.be/7nTvuUDvHh4

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  • Aziz’s first track Achhe Din Blues was released in March 2019. It was inspired by the lynching in Jharkhand because they were suspected of being cattle smugglers. His song 'Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega' became the defining protest anthem of our times. Impact and popularity of the song can be gauged by the fact that even Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters recites ‘Sab Yaad Rakha Jayega' at an event.

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    Some of the main points that are covered in this podcast:

    1. His background and experience of studying at Jamia University.

    2. He talks about the horrific day when police entered Jamia University and beaten up the students and broke the library.

    3. His process of writing the poem, “Sab Yaad Rakha Jaayega.”

    4. Problems with Savarna gaze and how the oppressor caste group put artists from marginalised backgrounds into defined boxes .

    5. How can muslim youth preserve their mental health in times of these times of unprecedented hate.

    6. He explains about the experience when Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters narrated his poem.

    Aamir’s Youtube. Check out all the tracks : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHk_5gEXDY0

  • Sumit is the Founding Editor of The Shudra Media and The News Beak. In the past Sumit has held various positions with ABP News, Zee News, India News and News Nation. 

    It’s a well known fact that there is close to nil representation of Dalits in Indian Media. In the recent by The Media Rumble in partnership with Oxfam India, it was revealed that out of 121 leadership positions surveyed in newsrooms, none are held by those belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Three out of every four anchors of flagship debates are upper caste. Not one is Dalit, Adivasi, or OBC. Only 10 of the 972 articles featured on the cover pages of the 12 magazines are about issues related to caste. No more than 5 percent of all articles in English newspapers are written by Dalits and Adivasis. (Source: Newslaundry)

    In this podcast we talked about.

    1. Sumit’s experience of working with India media and the ways in which he has seen the casteism that operates in these Upper Caste Castles.

    2. The reason behind low representation of Dalits and Bahujan voices.

    3. Why even the Upper Caste media personalities who claim to be progressive have failed in creating diversity in their organisation.

    4. Is the new digital media bringing new hope in the area of social justice.

    5. The flawed concept of TRP.

    6. Advice for upcoming Journalists.

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    Link to Sumit's Channel: 

    The Shudra: https://theshudra.com/

    Sumit’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/Sumitchauhaan?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

  • I had a lot of fun recording a new podcast with one of my favorite people on the internet - Rofl Gandhi. If you use Twitter then you'll be definitely familiar with his work and his style of satire.

    In this podcast we talked about:

    1. How the local humour of Haryana has shaped his own personal style of satire.

    2. His story about why he joined Twitter.

    3. Is Twitter a very important tool in setting the political agenda or is its reach in India overestimated ?

    4. The reason behind the anonymous account.

    5. The consequences of making jokes on India’s most powerful party.

    6. How the ruling party organises targeted online attacks.

    7. Situation in Haryana after Farmer’s protest.

    8. Caste politics and social engineering or northern India.

    9. He explains why Upper Caste Male media owners naturally align with the ideology of BJP and his prediction about how these powerful right-wing forces might be defeated one day.

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  • Sohail is a researcher & his academic interest is Postcolonial Studies. He is currently residing in Germany. In this episode he talks about the facade of progressiveness and tolerance of Europe and questions the idea about Europe being the hub of high philosophy and art. 

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  • Priyanka Paul is a 22 year old self-taught illustrator, poet and person who does things  on the internet. Her work revolves mainly around the themes of social justice, marginalisation and self-exploration. In her free time you’ll find her jamming to hip hop music or hoarding zines!

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    In this podcast we have talked about many issues such as:

    1. Her background and what have shaped her art and aesthetics.

    2. Is creating art on the internet a therapeutic activity or does it create more mental health issues?

    3. The unreal  idea of being ‘real’ on the internet.

    4. Her experience of being away from Social media for 2 months and why she recommends this detox to everyone.

    5. The perils of speaking about caste on social media.

    6. Problem of using American social justice vocabulary without understanding the Indian regional context.

    7. Trolling culture of the internet and mental health implications.

    Priyanka's Insta : https://www.instagram.com/artwhoring/?hl=en

  • Hussain Haidry is an Indian spoken word poet, writer and lyricist. He gained prominence for his spoken word poem titled, "Hindustani Musalmaan". He has written lyrics for the Bollywood films Gurgaon, Qarib Qarib Single, Mukkabaaz and Taish.

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    In this podcast we talked about :

    His experience of IIM Indore and his early days of working as a CA. (2:38)
    Can a creative person gain some indirect values from days spent at MBA or Engineering college ? ( 11:06)
    How everything changed for Hussain when his poem Hindustani Musalmaan became viral. How to deal with sudden fame ? (15:43)
    What is the difference in the process of writing poetry and penning lyrics for films ? (24:07)
    Early days of Struggles in Mumbai and how he started getting the work ? (29:45)
    Experience of Working with Anurag Kashyap. ( 35:58)
    Twitter and the Islamophobic content. How to preserve the mental health in this atmosphere of relentless hate. His disappointments with Savarna liberals who tone police the voices of marginalised communities. (40:26)
    Hussain reading his poetry ( 01:05)

    Links

    Lat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnKX1whnBPI

    Hindustani Musalmaan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7n22Pkq9RE&t=14s

  • Aseem Chandaver is connoisseur of underground B- films. He has worked with Eros/AIB/Arre/Netflix/Vice.

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    In this episode we discussed : 

    Why is he obsessed with B - films?
    Kanti Shah and Ramsay brother’s peak era.
    Difference between A, B , C and D grade film industry.
    How B filmmakers found hack to bypass censor boards
    Gunda trilogy.
    When Aseem met Kanti Shah.
    His experience of working as a writer at Saifai Mahotsav. ( Starts at 45:50)
    How hierarchies work in the mainstream and B industry. He also explains why he believes B-industry was like TikTok from the pre TikTok era that grew up as a rebellion against the elitism and sophistication of mainstream industry.
    Appropriation of B films by Bollywood.

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    Some links: 

    1. In defence of Poor Image.

    https://www.e-flux.com/journal/10/61362/in-defense-of-the-poor-image/

    2.https://theprint.in/opinion/how-instagram-reels-is-a-mirror-to-modern-casteism-in-india/639955/

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    Pushpendra Singh is Indian filmmaker. He  studied at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, where he also taught filmmaking . His directorial debut feature, ‘Lajwanti’ (The Honour Keeper), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2014. ‘Ashwatthama’, his second feature premiered at the Busan International Film Festiva.

    His hybrid documentary, ‘Maru ro Moti’ (Pearl of the desert), premiered in the feature length competition at IDFA 2019 and won the Golden Hejnal at the Krakow Film Festival. His latest, ‘Laila Aur Satt Geet’ (The Shepherdess And The Seven Songs) premiered in the Encounters Competition at Berlinale, 2020 and won the NETPAC Award at Jeonju International Film Festival, 2020. He was awarded the Best Director in the Young Cinema Competition (World) at the Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2020.

    In this episode we discussed : 

    Struggles of making Arthouse cinema in countries like India where there is minimum support from the state and even audiences.
    How Pushpendra deals with any subjects in the cinematic form.
    His experience of working with non-actors.
    The inside details of what happens at film festivals.
    Is film school important to become a filmmaker ?
    His advice to budding filmmakers

    Links to his films: 

    Ashwatthama

    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ashwatthama 

    Lajwanti:

    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lajwantithehonorkeeper

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    Nikita Sonavane is a Dalit feminist and lawyer focusing on criminal laws. She is the co-founder of the Criminal Justice and Police Accountability Project (CPAProject) a Bhopal based litigation and research intervention focused on building accountability against the criminalisation of Vimkuta jatis by the Police and the criminal justice system.

    Nikita has a BA in Political Science  from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai and LLM from Azim Premji University, Bangalore.

    In this podcast we discussed:

    History of Vimukta jati, also known as Denotified Tribes and why they are constantly being targeted by police.
    Nikita explains how the  whole criminal justice system is designed to harm poor and Bahujans of this country.
    What are the ways to look for accountability beyond this compromised justice system?
    The questions of representation in the courts and why Bahujans are unable to rise to the top in this system which is based on caste based networks.
    Criminal justice system in the age of lockdown and digital era.
    Is taking a legal route for casteist comedians and celebs a good option ?

    Nikita's Twitter: https://twitter.com/glorious_gluten?lang=en

    Links for the podcast:

    Nikita’s articles : 

    1. https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/people-of-denotified-tribes-continue-to-bear-the-burden-of-an-unjust-colonial-past-7095613/

    2. https://longreads.tni.org/stateofpower/settled-habits-new-tricks-casteist-policing-meets-big-tech-in-india

  • Here we are discussing the calling out of Indian Stand-up comics or their casteist tweets along with a sociological questioning of the stand-up scene in India. The podcast also discusses caste beyond reservations addressing certain themes which performative woke figures fail to address.

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    For the first time there were three speakers in the podcast. 

    Hannah is a writer asking and answering questions about digital and pop-culture from an anti-caste perspective. She is the Social Media Manager of She Says India, working to make support groups accessible to minorities.

    Kaustubh Naik is a research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s South Asia Studies department and is researching the history of Goa. He’s also a writer and a playwright and his writings and plays have been widely published and performed.

    Buffalo intellectual teaches at a private university. He is a very important political figure on Social media and always presents scathing and sharp critique of many issues from a Bahujan lens.

    Links:

    https://www.instagram.com/p/CO7We8DHchn/ https://theprint.in/india/after-neville-shahs-quota-clip-indian-comedians-called-out-for-past-casteist-sexist-jokes/662003/ https://www.instagram.com/p/CPCocFzHaxp/
  • Dr Laxman Yadav is a Writer, Social Activist and Political Analyst. He is working as Assistant professor at Zakir Hussain Delhi College.

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    In this podcast we discussed: 

    Social dynamics of UPSC aspirants and coaching.
    Remembering the role of Upper Caste media and intellectuals during the Mandal commission protest.
    How to deal with casteist professor such as Seema Singh (IIT) and Kaushal Mishra (BHU)
    Student politics of DU and JNU.
    Arrest of Hany Babu and other activists in Bhima Koregaon case.
    Real meaning of Ram Rajya in UP.
    How Hindutva is taking control of the OBC youth mindset and future of OBC politics.

    Youtube channel of Dr Yadav: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5eCI7UiK9yKiuGR1DfV60Q

  • Srishty Ranjan is a notable voice on Twitter. She has done Masters in English Literature from Delhi University and takes keen interest in looking at popular culture from an anti-caste and feminist lens.

    In this podcast we discussed:

    Why LSR (Lady Shri Ram College for Women) is known as one of the most elite college of Delhi University.

    Suppression of Bahujan women voices in Savarna dominated feminist movements.

    Subtle and not so subtle Casteism of OTT streaming platforms in India.

    Geeli Puchi (Neeraj Ghaywan) and politics of representation in Bollywood.

    Casteist standup comedians of India.

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  • Doctor Aviral Vatsa is a renowned doctor based in Scotland (NHS Scotland). He is also a scientist, author, and editor. . 

    In this episodes we discussed about various important topics regarding the COVID situation in India. 

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  • Puneet Kumar aka Puneet Superstar is former TikTok star. Currently he is making videos on Reels and Mx TakaTak.

    In this podcast we talked about :

    The process of making videos for TikTok Story of a scripted prank that he shot with his friends at CP. Story of his visit to Shahrukh Khan’s bungalow in Mumbai. The day when TikTok was banned and his story of dealing with depression. His future ambitions in the overcrowded market of content creation.

    And many more free flowing discussion.

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  • Subhajit Naskar is Assistant Professor, Department of International Relations at Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

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    In this podcast we discussed :

    Similarities in culture of JU and JNU. How caste operates in the elite spaces and educational institutes. Meaning of term ‘Bhadralok culture.’ How does the caste operate in a different form in this Bhadralok culture? Why there isn’t any political alternative led by Bahujans in Bengal. Story of Jogendra Nath Mandal Babul Supriyo’s visit in JU and the whole controversy around it. The detailed explanation of term ‘ Bhadralok Politeness’

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    Twitter account of Subhajit Naskar : https://twitter.com/subhajit_n

  • Sheher Bano Graduated last year from LUMS, Pakistan. She is a student activist who is Involved in multiple feminist and labour movements in Lahore. Worked closely with several left collectives in Lahore over the past two years.

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    Why LUMS is known to be Harvard of Pakistan.
    Lahore and student politics.
    How feminist movement operate in the conservative society of Pakistan.
    Feminist movement in the popular culture.
    Politics of Indian TV and films .
    Stereotypes associated with Lahore.
    Historical context and current state of minority oppression ( Sunni, Ahmadiyya, Christians)  in Pakistan.
    Party culture of Lahore
    Politics of Burqa from a muslim feminist lens.
    Works of Pakistani feminist thinker Saba Mahmood

    Saba Mahmood : https://thewire.in/gender/remembering-saba-mahmood-a-pioneer-in-redefining-ideas-of-rights-and-freedom

  • Rahul Sonpimple is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His research focuses on Dalit movements and leadership. He is also an active member of the Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association in JNU. He has completed his Master's degree in Dalit and Tribal Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

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    In this episode we discussed:

    His definition of term ‘Everyday intellectual.’ Analysing the culture of JNU, Delhi through anti-caste lens. Why he believes that class doesn’t exist in absolute sense in India. His thoughts on cultural, political and social possibility of Bahujan identity. How much religious conversion can play a role in caste annihilation. Role of upper caste in anti-caste discourse. How the whole idea of appropriation works How caste function very differently from race. His disagreements with ideas of few Dalit scholars/writers. 

    And much more. 

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  • Jyoti Yadav is a Bilingual  Multimedia Journalist who is currently working at The Print. She is the recipient of UN National Laadli Media Award, 2020. She covers the intersection of Politics, Gender , Caste and Popular Culture. 

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     In this episode we talked about :

    Story about her journey from the rural village of Hariyana to Delhi.
    What motivates her to pursue journalism.
    Current state of journalism and how to make a livelihood in times when job opportunities in media are shrinking.
    Diversity of media.
    Subtle forms in which caste operates in Media.
    Advice to people who wish to make a career through citizen journalism.
    Challenges as a women journalist.

    And many more topics. In the she gave recommendations for movies/blogs/books. Here are few links of the same - 

    1. https://hindi.theprint.in/opinion/if-dalit-writes-ragdarbari-then-what-be-happen/44136/

    2. https://www.amazon.in/%E0%A4%B0%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%AE%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BF%E0%A4%B2%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%B8-%E0%A4%AA%E0%A4%B8%E0%A4%B5%E0%A4%BE%E0%A4%A8-Ramvilas-Sankalp-Sangharsh/dp/0670092584