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Sikh Meets World
42 minutes | Apr 28, 2022
Victoria Virasingh, Congressional Candidate
Victoria Virasingh was born and raised in Arlington, VA, and is the daughter of immigrants from Ecuador and Punjabi Sikhs. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Stanford University on a full scholarship. After completing her education, she worked for Senator Diane Feinstein and then pursued a career in technology at Palantir where she founded and led the Future of Work team. She returned to her home in Arlington to focus on community building, local politics, and working with nonprofits. In this episode, she shares her experience growing up in America, what led her to run for congress, and her hopes for restoring the American Dream. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
Omi Vaidya, Actor and Filmmaker
Omi is an accomplished actor who has worked in both film and television in the United States and abroad. He has had roles on hit TV shows including, “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” and “Bones.” He is best known by Bollywood fans for his performances in “3 Idiots,” “The Desert Rose,” and “American Aliens.” We talked with him about his experience growing up in the high desert of California and his acting career. We discuss his time on “The Office” as the only Sikh character and he also shares his dream of documenting the story of Dalip Singh Saund, the first Sikh and Asian American Congressman. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Ben Rekhi, Writer, Producer, and Director
Ben Rekhi is an award-winning Sikh filmmaker from northern California. From working with the Coen brothers to producing Hindi horror films, he has made a name for himself in the film industry. His notable past work includes Waterborne (2005) and The Ashram (2018), and most recently, he directed Watch List (2019) in Manila, a crime thriller set in the drug underworld during the time of Rodrigo Duterte's extrajudicial killings. The film was nominated for a Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival. Ben has recently turned to documentaries including his recent film, The Reunited States. The documentary is born from his passion to bridge divides and share the lives of people who were challenging biases. He hopes viewers will walk away from the film knowing that “we all have a role to play in bringing our country back together.” Ben continues to look for opportunities to heal our nation and world through the power of storytelling. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
59 minutes | May 13, 2021
G.B. Singh, Retired US Army Colonel
Retired Colonel G.B. Singh is the highest-ranking Sikh to serve in the U.S. Army. As you'll hear in this podcast, he repeatedly demonstrated the tenacity, courage, and eternal optimism of Sikhs while maintaining his peaceful, positive demeanor when confronted with discrimination and ignorance. He successfully fought the pressure to conform to the Turban Ban and stood out for years as the only person with a turban and beard. To combat the ban, he invented safe methods for Sikhs with beards and turbans to use gas masks and helmets. Over time, the ban was lifted and religious exemptions have become more and more common. Today, GB watches his daughter Naureen, a newly-commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, join a military more equitable than the one he joined. In this episode, we hear the story of his military career and his advice on leadership and service for young Sikhs. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
78 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Manmeet Singh, Activist, Filmmaker, Musician
Manmeet Singh is a filmmaker, musician, activist, world traveler, and much more. He has been on the frontlines in the United States on the farmer's protest in India and Sikhs in Afghanistan who experience horrific discrimination and recently experienced a brutal attack from ISIS. In this podcast we discuss his career and activism on the issues of the day. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Valarie Kaur, Author, Activist, and Filmmaker
On this episode, Valarie Kaur chats with National Sikh Campaign co-founders Gurwin Singh Ahuja and Shawn Singh Ghuman to discuss her cure for our polarized political climate, thoughts on cancel culture, and how young Sikh Americans can pursue activism. The renown filmmaker and activist is also a newly-published author with her new autobiography, See No Stranger, which she discusses on the pod, as well as her Revolutionary Love Project. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Simran Jeet Singh, Professor, Author, and Activist
Simran Jeet Singh is a professor at Columbia University, a Senior Fellow at the Sikh Coalition, the host of the Spirited podcast, an author, a father, and a devout San Antonio Spurs fan. He joined the pod to discuss his American story, the reasons that pushed him to embrace advocacy, and his new book, Fauja Singh Keeps Going, which releases on August 25, 2020. We recorded this discussion in March 2019 before the pandemic and protests, but Simran naturally touched on rising hate crimes, the attributes of true solidarity, and the importance of seva. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
60 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Randeep Singh Sarai, Canadian MP
Randeep Singh Sarai MP (born April 15, 1975) is a Canadian politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons of Canada to represent the federal electoral district Surrey Center during the 2015 Canadian federal election. Randeep was recently re-elected and on this episode he talks about his rise to power as a Member of Parliament, his prime minister, Justin Trudeau, his thoughts on Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh NDP leader, and his advice to Sikh Americans on how to build political power. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
36 minutes | Jun 25, 2019
The Sandy Lion, Stylist, Influencer, and Teacher
Sandy Kaur Gill (SKG) better known as TheSandyLion is a stylist and image consultant with the simple goal of helping people look and feel the best about themselves. She has worked closely with public figures including Lilly Singh, Beena Minhaj, Nabela, and Humble The Poet. Sandy is a brand ambassador for Nike, Gillette and Neostrata, and has worked with other notable brands including Apple, Guess Jeans, Aldo Shoes and Hayley Elsaesser. She also works as an elementary school teacher in Brampton, and has partnered with organizations to help spread access to education to girls around the world. Sandy sat down with us to discuss her motivations for becoming a stylist, an influencer, and a teacher and her advice for young Sikh women who want pursue fashion and teaching. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
32 minutes | Jun 17, 2019
Babbu, Comedian, Actor, and Influencer
While Babbu is known for his hilarious roles in Jus Reign's YouTube parodies of western South Asian culture, he is also an entrepreneur and a major influencer for young Sikhs around the world. He stars in the National Sikh Campaign's "Diversity Day" video created by the renown Funny or Die production studio, where he takes on the challenge of educating others on what it means to be Sikh and what the turban represents. Our interview touches on not only what he hopes to do with this role but also his career, his goals, and most importantly, how he came across his infamous Tide jacket. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | Apr 9, 2019
Ravi Singh Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Ravi Bhalla, is an American civil rights lawyer, politician, and the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey. Prior to becoming mayor, he served in the city council of Hoboken, New Jersey since 2009. On November 7, 2017, he was elected New Jersey's first Sikh mayor, as well as the first elected mayor in the United States who is a Sikh and wears a turban. In this wide ranging interview, we discuss Mayor Bhalla's childhood, why he pursued politics and public service, his various initiatives as Mayor for the city of Hoboken, and his advice on how to get into politics. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Feb 23, 2019
Dr. Amarjit Singh Marwah, Campaign Manager for the first Sikh Congressman
Although lesser known than his contemporaries, Dalip Singh Saund and Bhagat Singh Thind, Dr. Amarjit Singh Marwah has had an extremely interesting and impactful life and career. Not only was he a successful dentist in Malibu, California but he was also the City Commissioner of Los Angeles and the campaign manager behind the election of the first Sikh, Indian, and Asian man to the U.S. Congress. Sikh Meets World sat down with him over the course of a few interviews to get an inside look at his life story and why he believes Sikhs in America are now able to make a bigger impact than ever before. A wide-ranging conversation that crisscrosses between his life and his advice, Dr. Marwah shows us how nothing is impossible. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
Dr. Rajwant Singh
A prominent voice for the Sikh-American community both in the United States and abroad, Dr. Rajwant Singh plans to use all of the remaining time on causes that will positively impact the world for Sikhs and others. Having acted as a bridge between the Sikh community and the White House for over two decades, Dr. Rajwant wants to leverage his platform to help direct Sikh philanthropy and create a society where Guru Nanak’s wisdom is shared with everyone. We discuss his story as an activist, the trials and tribulations he’s faced, and what he aspires for the Sikh community globally. Not only is he the Co-Founder of the National Sikh Campaign but he also chairs and heads several other efforts that he discusses in detail on the podcast. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
67 minutes | Nov 15, 2018
Attorney General Gurbir Singh Grewal
Attorney General Grewal is the highest-ranking Sikh public official in the United States since Congressman Dalip Singh Saund, also the first Asian American Congressman, who served in the late 1950s. In the hour-long interview, the Attorney General shares his childhood struggles with bullying & harassment, his motivation for pursuing public service and law enforcement, and his unlikely path to the heights of New Jersey politics. Attorney General Grewal also details his policy agenda for the state of New Jersey on items such as public corruption and police-community relations, and his thoughts on the state of our turbulent federal politics. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Oct 23, 2018
Arjan Singh Bhullar, UFC Fighter
Outside of equality and the turban, Sikhs are most known for their prowess in battle. In this episode, we chat with a real-life warrior, Arjan Singh Bhullar, who is an Olympic freestyle wrestler and the first Sikh fighter signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)— the premier mix martial arts (MMA) promotion in the world. According to MMA World Ranking, Arjan is currently ranked #21 in the heavyweight division and recently fought in Phoenix, Arizona. Sikh Meets World caught up with him before that fight to chat about his life story, how his family came to Surrey, British Columbia in Canada, his experience as an Olympian, and what about wrestling spurred him to his chosen career path. We also hear his plan to use his platform to raise awareness of the Sikh faith and help the UFC break into the Indian market. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
55 minutes | Sep 17, 2018
Senator Manka Kaur Dhingra
As the first Sikh elected to a State Senate, Manka Dhingra is on well on her way to a successful political career in her hometown of Redmond, Washington in the suburbs of Seattle. In the 2nd edition of Sikh Meets World, we talk with the recently-elected State Senator to understand her American story and what drove her into public office. Manka details how she immigrated at an early age to her time finding love at U.C. Berkeley. We touch on how she ended up starting a nonprofit as well becoming a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and how her monumental election win changed how policy is being made currently in Washington State. Moreover, she shares her experience with Sikhism and how it has taught her the values she now upholds in her life and career. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Aug 8, 2018
Pardeep Singh Kaleka & Arno Michaelis
Released after the sixth anniversary of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara shooting, the first episode of Sikh Meets World sits down with Pardeep Singh Kaleka, whose father was shot and killed in the hate-fueled attack, and Arno Michaelis, the former white supremacist who created the racist, skinhead organization which Michael Wade Page, the attacker, belonged to and believed in. Pradeep shares his family’s story in America, his struggles after the shooting, and how he has tried to make an impact since. Arno offers an earnest look into the mindset of a man who went to White Supremacy to find refuge in his youth, how he was able to justify those actions, and what eventually pulled him out of it. Most importantly, we look at how their two divergent paths have come together at this point in time to write their new book, The Gift of Our Wounds. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/sikhmeetsworld. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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