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That's So Hindu
21 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
How herons can help us make better financial decisions | Easan Katir
In this episode we’re bringing back HAF’s very own California Advocacy Director Easan Katir, who, doesn’t just do Hindu advocacy work, but rather since 1983 has provided wealth management for families, individuals, and retirement plans. Last time we spoke about Dharmic Investing in general. Today we’re talking about the current state of the financial markets, how to weather them, which sectors are doing well, and how to think about wealth management through the lens of dharma. Learn more: www.easankatir.com
35 minutes | Jun 9, 2022
There’s no such thing as Indian food. The cuisine is far more complex than that. | Chef Keith Sarasin
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Keith Sarasin. Keith is a chef, three-time author, restauranteur, and public speaker who grew up in a small city in New Hampshire. Keith learned to cook Indian cuisine studying with a home cook, and went onto study with archeologists and food historians from across India. Keith currently runs Aatma, a pop-up tasting experience showcasing food from the Indian subcontinent. https://www.aatmarestaurant.com https://www.keithsarasin.com https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithSarasin1
27 minutes | May 5, 2022
Feeding 100,000 people on Thanksgiving, and helping people discover their personal story | Dr Varun Gandhi
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Dr Varun Gandhi, who describes himself as a life orchestrator, soulpreneur, an angel investor, philanthropist, and last but not least a water doctor. They discuss his work creating a digital course called What’s Your Story that helps you focus your life better to create a better future for yourself, as well as his impressive service over the past couple of years feeding people and provided needed supplies to the community during the pandemic, as well as his goal of feeding 100,000 people this coming Thanksgiving.
35 minutes | May 2, 2022
HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla's full interview with NPR on caste discrimination in the US
On Monday, May 2, 2022, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition ran a story titled, "Some South Asian Americans Believe Caste-based Prejudices exist in the US." HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla was interviewed for the story and spoke to the reporter for over half an hour. The topic is extremely complex and the unintended consequences are serious for millions of Americans of South Asian origin. We’d like to offer listeners the interview in its entirety since only a few seconds were selected for the broadcast, which resulted in the telling of a story that in our view is incomplete.
58 minutes | Apr 14, 2022
After 30 years the Kashmiri Pandit story is finally been told on film | Rajiv Pandit and Sidhi Raina react to ‘The Kashmir Files’
In this episode, Deepali Kulkarni speaks to Dr Rajiv Pandit and Sidhi Raina about their reaction to seeing The Kashmir Files, the challenges in speaking up about the ethnic cleansing that the indigenous Hindus of Kashmir faced 30 years ago — including social media and real world professional harassment and doxing — and what they want the world to know about the Kashmiri Pandit Exodus. Follow them on Twitter: @sidhiraina, @rajiv_pandit
27 minutes | Mar 31, 2022
All about Marma Therapy | Vira Tansey
In this one Mat McDermott speaks with Vira Tansey, an Ayurvedic healer and educator based in Florida about the practice of Marma therapy, how to use energetic pressure points in the body to heal, reduce tension, and live a more balanced life. Learn more about Vira at www.thesisterscience.com.
41 minutes | Mar 24, 2022
Banned on Twitter for spreading the truth about Hindu persecution in Bangladesh | Stories of Bengali Hindus
In this episode Deepali Kulkarni speaks with Soumyadip and Mohua from Stories of Bengali Hindus about the attacks the Hindu population in Bangladesh faced during Durga Puja 2021, getting banned on Twitter for sharing the truth about these attacks, and the legacy of the 1971 Bengali Hindu genocide, when some 3 million Bangladeshis, mostly Hindus, were killed.
44 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Why do colonial-era errors about Hinduism persist, even among anti-colonial activists and academia? | Indu Viswanathan & Suhag Shukla
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with Dr Indu Viswanathan and HAF executive director Suhag Shukla. They discuss the curious phenomenon of how stereotypes and misperceptions about Hindus and Hinduism that have their roots in colonial-era scholarship and thinking still get repeated today to negatively portray Hinduism, ironically too often by activists who are themselves anti-colonial in outlook.
78 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
Where is the Khalistan movement today? | Terry Milewski
In this episode Samir Kalra speaks with retired CBC journalist and author Terry Milewski about his book Blood for Blood: 50 Years of the Global Khalistan Project, going into the history of and present day activities of the movement for an independent Sikh nation of Khalistan, the horrific violence associated with it, and how that movement continues on to this day with the backing of Pakistan and, by extension, China. Blood for Blood: 50 Years of the Global Khalistan Project
17 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Until the horrors of Kashmir’s ethnic cleansing are owned up to, communal harmony won't return: Part Two | Vijay Sazawal
In this second part of Deepali Kulkarni’s talk with Vijay Sazawal, international coordinator for the Indo-American Kashmir Forum, and a senior member of the Kashmir Overseas Association, they discuss the most recent violence in Kashmir, the reality of the situation for Kashmiri Hindus today, as well as some more context on the Exodus. Indo-American Kashmir Forum Kashmir Overseas Association
50 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Until the horrors of Kashmir’s ethnic cleansing are owned up to, communal harmony won't return: Part One | Vijay Sazawal
In this episode Deepali Kulkarni speaks with Vijay Sazawal, international coordinator for the Indo-American Kashmir Forum, and a senior member of the Kashmir Overseas Association. They have a wide-ranging discussion on the history of Kashmir’s accession to India in 1947, first-hand accounts of the ethnic cleansing of Hindus that happened in Kashmir 30 years ago, and what comes next for the region. Indo-American Kashmir Forum Kashmir Overseas Association
41 minutes | Dec 2, 2021
How yoga helped me survive two days lost in a frigid wilderness | Jolly Yogi Bose
In this episode Sheetal Shah speaks with Jolly Yogi Bose, who recently had to put her yoga training to the test after getting lost and separated from her partners on a hike in the Sierra National Forest. Jolly explains how she stayed warm and focused through the frigid ordeal though yogic breathing and meditation exercises and was ultimately rescued.
44 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
We’ve forgotten that Hindu teachings have given trans people a status equal to other genders | Anjali Rimi
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Anjali Rimi, a South Asian, Hindu, Canadian-American woman of trans experience, based in the Bay Area. Anjali is the president and co-founder of Parivar Bay Area, America’s only trans-led, trans-centering queer organization. Parivar Bay Area focuses on centering trans-equity and economic justice within the Indian and South Asian diaspora. Parivar Bay Area Parivar Bay Area on Facebook Parivar Bay Area on Instagram
25 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
After one week of violence, 335 Hindu temples vandalized across 33 districts in Bangladesh, with 7 Hindu priests killed
In this episode Deepali Kulkarni gets a report from one of HAF’s contacts in Bangladesh on the attacks directed and Hindus and Hindu temples in the past week, stemming from a social media post on Durga Puja. NOTE: This episode contains graphic recounting of physical and sexual violence experienced by Hindus in Bangladesh.
50 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
75 years after being published Autobiography of a Yogi still has something to teach us | Phil Goldberg
In this episode Mat McDermott speaks with author Phil Goldberg about the importance and legacy of Paramahamsa Yogananda’s Autobiography of Yogi, on its 75th anniversary of publication. https://philipgoldberg.com
42 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
HAF Shop Talk: Suhag Shukla and Samir Kalra discuss Dismantling Global Hindutva + investigating Univ. of Pennsylvania violations of Hindu students’ rights
In this episode Mat McDermott talks with HAF executive director Suhag Shukla and HAF managing director Samir Kalra about last month’s Dismantling Global Hindutva conference, Hinduphobia in academia, and why HAF has filed a Title VI complaint with the Office of Civil Rights against University of Pennsylvania.
27 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Tibetan people have been enduring unspeakable suffering under the illegal occupation by China | Tashi Dhondup
In this episode Deepali Kulkarni speaks with Tashi Dhondup. Tashi is Secretary of the Office of Tibet in Washington DC — a senior member of the Tibetan Government in Exile, now called the Central Tibetan Authority. They discuss the challenges facing the Tibetan people living under Chinese occupation, the CTA’s Middle Way approach in dealing with the government of China, and what the international community can do to help the Tibetan people.
52 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
The humanities keeps talking about Hindus without including our voices | Dr. Indu Viswanathan
In this episode Suhag Shukla speaks with Dr. Indu Viswanathan. Viswanathan has worked in education for more than two decades as a teacher, curriculum developer, teacher educator, and non-profit research director. They talk about the conference on Hinduphobia she helped organize at Rutgers University, the problems with controversial upcoming Dismantling Global Hindutva conference, and how Hindu practices and Hindus continue to be misunderstood by Western academia and researchers. Indu Viswanathan on Twitter
41 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
All about the 8 year-old Hindu boy charged with blasphemy in Pakistan + recent attacks on Hindu temples
In this episode HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni speaks with a Pakistani Hindu leader, who for his safety wishes to remain anonymous, about the latest attacks on Hindu temples and Hindus in Pakistan, and what’s going on with the young Hindu boy charged with blasphemy.
55 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Why are Indian South Africans being attacked? Part 2 | Yashika Singh
In this episode HAF Human Rights Director Deepali Kulkarni continues her exploration of the history of why Indian South Africans have been targeted in recent violence, speaking with South African Hindu community leader Yashika Singh. They go over how Indians were strategically placed as a buffer between other communities in South Africa during the Apartheid era, the challenges facing Indians today, and more.
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