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Grasshopper and the Ant

Grasshopper and the Ant

By Pawan Bharadwaj
A weekly Podcast about people, their stories, experiences and journeys of their lives.
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Inside Kashmir (Part 2) : Struggle For Freedom & the Politics.

Grasshopper and the Ant

Kashmiri Pandit's perspective on Kashmir with Tapasya
In this episode, we talk to Tapasya about Kashmir whose family has had to leave Kashmir during the late 80's and early 90's. We talk about the different store she has heard while growing, why does she support Azadi movement and various other things related to Kashmiri Pandits.
September 20, 2020
Criminal Justice & Police Accountability with Nikita Sonavane & Ameya Bokil
In this episode, we have two lawyers from the Criminal Justice & Police Accountability Project which is based out of Bhopal, talking about the Criminal Tribes Act, the Habitual offender's act, police brutality as a phenomenon, and what does police reforms mean & what's the idea of defunding in the Indian context.  The website of Criminal Justice & Police Accountability Project: Some of the pieces they have written on these issues:
September 04, 2020
The Carceral State in India with Saumya Dadoo
In this episode, we have Saumya Dadoo from Detention Solidarity Network ( talking about the prison systems in India and structural issues related to it with some historical background. 
August 31, 2020
Politics of Bollywood with Kamayani Sharma
In this episode, we speak to Kamayani Sharma, an independent writer, and researcher who works on visual culture focusing on contemporary art and cinema. We discuss the influence of Modi govt on Bollywood, politics of Bollywood, the hollow activism of various film personalities with regards to BLM in comparison to activism surrounding issues in India among many other things.  Kamayani's piece which we discuss: You can find Kamayani's other work in her wesbite:
July 25, 2020
On Philosophy of Counseling with Samir Chopra
In this episode, we have Samir Chopra who is a Professor of Philosophy and a Philosophic counselor. We discuss among many things, what is Philosophy of counseling, how does he approach with various clients, on philosophy of anxiety, approaching the current pandemic using tools of philosophy.  Samir writes at He has written a  series of blogs related to Philosophy of counseling: He has also written on anxiety at Aeon mag :
July 11, 2020
Inside Kashmir (Part 2) : Struggle For Freedom & the Politics.
In the second part of the episode, Mudasir expands more on the issues related to the military siege, the struggle for freedom, and politics in Kashmir.  Mudasir's writings:  His Journal under Siege: Resisting the Language of Occupation:  Language of Resistance:
June 04, 2020
Inside Kashmir (Part 1) : A Lockdown within a Lockdown
In this episode, we talk to Mudaisr Alee Lone, a Pulwama resident, about the lockdown within a lockdown in Kashmir. A unique personal perspective from a Kashmiri which highlights the magnitude of issues related to the brutal military siege along with the restrictions because of the COVID19 pandemic.  Some of the articles Mudasir has written along with this Journal during the siege:  Resisting the Language of Occupation : Journal of Siege: Language of Resistance:
June 01, 2020
The Winter of Violence
In this episode, Kamayani Sharma & Shalmoli Halder have joined us to talk about the state's reaction of protests in UP & Delhi along with reactions from the people from the ground. We also touch upon the events leading to the Delhi riots in February.  Link to the Caravan Piece by Kamayani & Shalmoli
May 24, 2020
On Hinduism & Hindutva.
Joel Bordeaux joins us this week to talk a little bit about Hinduism & Hindutva and clarify questions around it.  Bibliography :  Dirks, Nicholas B. Castes of Mind : Colonialism and the Making of Modern India. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001. Lorenzen, David N. “Who Invented Hinduism ?” Comparative Studies in  Society and History: An International Quarterly, 1999.   McGovern, Nathan. The Snake and the Mongoose: The Emergence of Identity in Early Indian Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2019.  Nicholson, Andrew J. Unifying Hinduism : Philosophy and Identity in  Indian Intellectual History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.   Pennington, Brian K. Was Hinduism Invented? Britons, Indians, and the  Colonial Construction of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press,  2005.  Rao, Velcheru Narayana, David Dean Shulman, and Sanjay Subrahmanyam.  Symbols of Substance: Court and State in Nayaka Period Tamilnadu.  Delhi:  Oxford University Press, 1998.  Savarkar, Vinayak Damodar. Hindutva: Who Is a Hindu. 5th ed. Bombay:  S.S. Savarkar, 1923.  Vidyasagar,  Isvarcandra, and Brian A. Hatcher. Hindu Widow Marriage. New  York: Columbia University Press, 2012.
May 22, 2020
Dilution of Labour Laws during COVID-19
In this episode, we discuss the effect of changes in labour laws brought upon by certain states in India during the pandemic and historic lockdown. 
May 16, 2020
Migration Crisis during Pandemic
India is a country where one of the largest internal migration in the world takes place, although the pandemic has wreaked havoc in all strata of society the worst hit are migrants. In this episode, we talk about the current situation of migrants and the issues they are facing.
May 04, 2020
National Register of Citizens (NRC)
If you are interested in helping the fight against NRC this is one way to do it, you can donate and help people on the ground to fight NRC
November 27, 2019
Post Rock and Indian Indie Music with Ishan Negi & Yaduveer Thakur
This is the label Ishan & Yaduveer spoke about, check out their  artists, especially Sutej Singh who is amazing. This is google doc of Ishan's curation and rating. There are some amazing bands, if you are looking to explore music this is the best way to start. This is Yaduveer's band's Reaonable Hope bandcamp page, check out his music too
August 19, 2019
Talking Mental Health with Mitali Gupta
Books and Articles mentioned in this podcast  1) Road Less Traveled by M Scott Peck 2) Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig Articles :  1) "No, You Don’t Have a Disorder. You Have Feelings" by Lisa Marchiano. 2) "Beyond biomedical models: a perspective from critical psychiatry" by D B Double Podcasts related to Mental Health:  1) The Hilarious World of Depression.  2) Terrible, Thanks For Asking Instagram accounts spreading Mental Health Awareness:  @sitwithwhit : @themindgeek  : @holisticallygrace :
August 13, 2019