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The Sikh Renaissance

The Sikh Renaissance

By The Sikh Renaissance
The Sikh Renaissance-Dedicated to enlivening, intense and intellectual talks on all things Sikh.


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Beyond Honor-Confronting Domestic Abuse and Honor Based Violence
Sikhi is rivalled with atrophied South Asian cultural norms which are hampering its progression. One of these norms is the direction of violence against women and anyone else classified as being 'weak.' We discuss the inimical affect of this tendentious cultural nefariousness in Sikh families and how it is high time we obliterate it from within Sikh society.
01:19:48
July 18, 2021
Queens To Victims-The Devolution of Sikh Women
The Devolution of Sikhi's emphasis on gender equity.
01:04:30
July 12, 2021
Kaur-Gender Equity We Pledge, But Equity We Provide Not
A wake-up call for all Sikh men: stop giving lip service to the concept of gender equality. Actually implement the gender equality which our Gurus envisioned and gifted to us! We are joined by Sikh activist Simran Kaur in this episode as we chart where we went wrong in regards to protecting our sisters' rights and why they are falling prey to grooming gangs today. 
01:08:10
July 4, 2021
Water, Not Blood-Why Are Sikhs Ignored By Sikhs?
How much selflessness is too much selflessness? And does selflessness only consist of spending consumable/financial resources for global notice? What is our overarching strategy here, and is it paying off? What is the cost to benefit ratio in everything we are doing on a worldwide scale? Or are we, Sikhs, wasting our hard earned resources as a Panth to only receive unwarranted hatred in return?
01:12:41
June 23, 2021
The Reincarnation Bait-Does Sikhi Accept It Or Not?
Is Reincarnation a Sikh belief? What is the rationale behind it and what is an effective alternative to both heaven-hell and Reincarnation quandaries? 
01:32:02
June 13, 2021
Zameer-A Special Episode
In Zameer we discuss the significance of Shahidi (martyrdom) in Sikhi and how it directly relates to Gurbani's emphasis on living a conscientious life. We answer many long-held myths about the concept in Sikhi while also providing a correct and conscience translation of the oft-mistranslated and misnomered Babur Vani which-in actuality- is a clarion call to arms for all Sikhs by Guru Nanak. 
01:47:56
June 6, 2021
Gods And Stones-Sikhi & Idolatry
The title says it all, are Sikhs idolaters and how does Sikhi philosophically view idolatry and are Sikhs guilty of committing the practice when they bow to the Guru Granth Sahib?
01:12:31
May 30, 2021
When The Pujari Questioned Bhai Taru Singh
Are the Panj Kakkars a means to an end or the ends themselves? How is it that Sikhs are fooled via infiltrators retaining their Kakkars? Have we misunderstood the Kakkars? Listen to find out as we discuss this relevant and also tendentious issue. 
01:15:55
May 24, 2021
Israel-Palestine, What Are We Learning?
The Gaza conflict annually polarizes the Sikh community on social media into pro-Israel vs. pro-Palestine. Our stance is that while Sikhs should decry the human cost of the conflict, they should not be swift to take sides as the issue is more nuanced than they would care to admit. 
01:42:47
May 16, 2021
Thought Crimes-Sikhi's Foundation
Thought Crimes and how they led to the development of Sikhi.
01:21:59
May 9, 2021
Darbar-Shrine Or Something More?
We discuss the theo-political status of Darbar Sahib and its original purpose intended by the Gurus and how best to restore it to its pristine state. 
01:25:30
May 2, 2021
There Was Once A Punjab-Punjab And The Drug Menace
Why is Punjab afflicted with drugs? And how can it be made drug free? Listen to our discussion as we tackle this most thorniest of issues.
01:19:29
April 26, 2021
Incomparabilis-The Incomparable Guru Tegh Bahadur
We discuss the life, legacy and martyrdom of the Ninth Nanak with a particular focus on his legacy and its misappropriation. 
01:16:46
April 19, 2021
In Blood-Nanak's Khalsa
Who created the Khalsa? Guru Nanak. When was Guru Nanak born? Vaisaakhi. What is the Khalsa's mission? Emancipation of humanity. Is the Khalsa a substance abuser? We dissect Sikh history; we sift through Gurbani to prove what we say. The Khalsa is Nanak's and no, the Khalsa is no stoner. 
01:29:57
April 4, 2021
Nawab-Leadership Lessons From Nawab Kapur Singh
At over 1 hour, 30 minutes, this is our longest episode. However, when discussing what lessons we can derive from a personality as glorious as Nawab Kapur Singh we believe any length of time is justified. Listen as we dissect the life of one of Sikh history's most dominant but also enigmatic leaders to underscore what made him so effective in his mission. 
01:30:14
March 28, 2021
Caste-Sikhi's Greatest Nemesis
We sit down with S. Gurpreet Singh (GP) of Sikh Saakhi to discuss his book Sole Enemy of a Sikh: Brahminism as well as discussing Sikhi's opposition to caste and how best to annihilate it from within Sikh ranks. https://www.sikhsaakhi.com/about
01:03:38
March 20, 2021
Retribution-The Udham Singh Story
Laws never stop evil. Humans do. On 13th March 1940 Udham Singh precipitated a crisis of conscience in great Britain by shooting dead the tyrant Michael O' Dwyer. Listen to why he did what he did and how he altered world history forever. 
35:42
March 14, 2021
When Death Stalked The Plains-Lessons From The Chota Ghallughara
The Chota Ghallughara or the Smaller Holocaust-March 1746. By the end of a bloody week, 12,000 Sikhs lay dead including non-combatants. What precipitated this bloody genocide of the Khalsa, what was the aftermath and what lessons can we learn from it today? Join the boys for an intense talk on a blood-drenched period of Sikh history and how it is still relevant today.
01:08:02
March 7, 2021
Lost Voices-Sikh History Through Dalit Literature
We are joined by special guest Dr. Rajkumar Hans (former Professor of History-Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda) who rediscovered the Sri Gur Katha of Bhai Jaita (Jivan Singh) Shahid and restored it in the Sikh psyche. We discuss the contribution of the alleged inferior castes to the world of Sikh intelligentsia and how best to restore their legacies so we can acquire a pristine understanding of Sikhi in lieu of the heavily mythologized and dubious narrative we are fed today. 
01:07:57
February 28, 2021
Six Shrouds For Six Babbars
The Babbar Akalis- From 1921-1925 they were the bane of the British in the Punjab. Who were they? What happened to them? And why was their movement written out of history? Join us as we discover the truth.
01:03:19
February 21, 2021
The Tale Of A Tree-The Bloody Saka At Nankana Sahib
Nankana Sahib-the birthplace of Guru Nanak, the progenitor of Sikhi. In the 20th century, it was home to a notorious debauch Narain Das who left no stone unturned in violating its sanctity. Listen to find out how the Sikhs finally arose as one to not only liberate Nankana but the countless other Gurudwaras hijacked by their detractors. 
01:14:11
February 14, 2021
Leadership Lessons From The Wadda Ghallughara
February 5th 1762-The Wadda Ghallughara, The Bigger Holocaust, Done At The Behest of Ahmad Shah Abdali And Punjab's Elite Castes. Over 30,000-50,000 Sikh Non-Combatants Massacred. What Lessons Can Sikh Leaders And Budding Sikh Leaders Learn From That One Bloody Day Nearly Three Centuries Prior? 
49:59
February 7, 2021
Myth Or Fact-Can Sikhs Convert?
Are Sikhs allowed to convert, or is it anathema in Sikhi? Listen to find out.
01:17:13
January 31, 2021
How Does Sikhi Perceive Interfaith Marriages?
Interfaith Marriages- what do they actually entail and should Sikhs accept them?
01:08:37
January 24, 2021
1857 : ਇੱਕ ਪੜਤਾਲ
The Mutiny of 1857- used to lambast the Sikhs. We discuss the Sikh perspective with esteemed historian, S. Inderjeet Singh.
01:02:51
January 9, 2021
Are Sikhs Only Cannon-Fodder?
A very insidious myth has been propagated from the 20th century onwards that Sikhs are only warriors and can amount to nothing else. What's more, it has been asserted that Sikhs are some temporary sword arm who have outlived their purpose. We not only answer such kitsch allegations but also expose the thinking behind them.
59:25
January 4, 2021
Honor Our Martyrs With Responsibility
Sikh history has continually been misappropriated by elements opposed to Sikh progression with the aim of commandeering the Sikhs as some anti-Islamic military force. Sikhs, themselves, have unwittingly allowed this nefarious design to succeed given their excessive passion for their past. In this segment we discuss the malignant affects of this misappropriation, its various forms and how best to defeat it and defend Sikhi and Sikh history.
59:37
December 27, 2020
Exercise Caution Sikh Liberals
For the Sikh "woke" Brigade and self-professed Liberals-don't allow your identity to be defined by others. Rather, stand your ground as Sikhs. 
28:44
December 20, 2020
Do Not Make Your Children Followers, Make Them Leaders
Wherever you are, raise your youngsters to be autonomous and independent-not followers but leaders.
01:00:44
December 13, 2020
Don't Talk Miri-Piri, Live Miri-Piri First
It is easy to talk about Miri-Piri. It is more easy to dream of Miri-Piri, but what is Miri-Piri? Do we even live Miri-Piri that we can talk effortlessly about it?
32:12
December 7, 2020
Give Your Life Meaning
The duo discuss why not to await your life's purpose, but to discover it for yourself. Sikhi liberates humankind cognitively so each and every individual can pursue their purpose in life as long as it conforms to the following criterion: -Ensures the Freedom of Conscience. -Accesses humanity's common heritage in the form of progressive innovation. -Contributes to humankind's progression.
01:06:38
November 29, 2020
Guru Nanak-The ਬਾਗੀ
Who was the real Guru Nanak? A Conformist or a ਬਾਗੀ? We present the real Nanak: Nanak the Baaghi; Nanak the Revolutionary.
01:14:40
November 22, 2020
"Do Not Call Them The Saints Of Anything!"
On special request, the boys discuss Sikhi and Sikh Saints. Who or what is a Saint in Sikhi and can humans become Brahmgyanis (infinitesimally wise)? 
01:16:03
November 15, 2020
Pitfalls Of The Martial Race Misnomer
Amarjeet and Navjeet critique the so-called Martial Race theory and how it historically wrecked havoc in the Sikh psyche and continues to do so even today. The Sikhs are neither more violent than other communities nor prone to being violent than the next faith in line. Yet, they are stereotyped as born and bred soldiers. Though a number of Sikhs luxuriate in this epithet-it more or less stereotypes them as cannon fodder.  
57:17
November 8, 2020
Defending Guru's Banda-Exonerating the First Sikh Generalissimo.
The boys discuss the life and times of Sikh generalissimo Banda Singh Bahadur and explore how a deep-rooted conspiracy displaced him from succeeding in his Guru ordained mission: the establishment of a perennial Khalsa Raaj.
58:33
November 1, 2020
ਪੀਊ ਦਾਦੇ ਕਾ ਖੋਲਿ ਡਿਠਾ ਖਜਾਨਾ
The boys discuss the Gurbani Shabad: ਪੀਊ ਦਾਦੇ ਕਾ ਖੋਲਿ ਡਿਠਾ ਖਜਾਨਾ  (Ang. 186) and the Shabads of Bhagat Bani in it's light. They also enunciate the more salient facets of Sikhi which emphasize intelligence as the true Amrit and discuss their relevance in the 21st century. 
50:49
October 25, 2020
Sikhi And Multiculturalism-Concession Or Co-existence?
While replying to Bhagat Surdas's advice to relinquish the company of cynics and infidels, Guru Arjan emphasizes that the preservation of your beliefs is decided by the strength of your convictions. This very same principle should be the guiding light of the Sikhs today where multiculturalism has become an euphemism for forced assimilation. 
56:31
October 18, 2020
Sex-The Sikh Take
In this episode, we are joined by Veerji Tegh Singh and Bhenji Rusveer Kaur as we discuss Punjabi conservatism vs. Sikh liberalism vis-a-vis sex and sexual abuse in the diaspora. 
01:00:12
October 11, 2020
1783-Washington's Triumph But the Khalsa's Failure
On popular request-the Renaissance boys discuss why exactly the Republican Dal Khalsa failed to spread beyond the Punjab despite being optimally primed to do so by Nawab Kapur Singh. The age-old question-why Republics fail?-is also answered with a keen lesson for the future: do not repeat the mistakes of the past by deifying history and declaring it sacred. That way, we worship the errors of our forefathers. 
58:47
October 4, 2020
Sikhi And Shastars-Prerogative Or Privilege?
Sikhi, undeniably, has a martial aspect. But what does this entail in the 21st Century? 
59:18
September 27, 2020
Warrior-Lessons From The Life Of The Sixth Guru.
The Sixth Guru, a peerless warrior but something more as well: a revolutionary, an upholder of the Nanakian ideal.
50:21
September 19, 2020
From Gian To The Golak-The Devolution of our Gurudwaras.
Amarjeet and Paul Singh (UK) discuss the current state of affairs in our Gurudwaras and whether they are the same as what the Gurus envisioned them to be. 
55:37
September 13, 2020
Pain-An Anomaly or Aspect of Life? Perspective Podcast.
Amarjeet discusses the role of pain in life as per the Sikh purview and whether it matches with conventional dogma found in other faiths.
19:30
September 5, 2020
The Looming Water Crisis-Perspective Podcast.
The conclusive stanza of Japji Sahib summarizes "the air is akin to the Guru, the water to the father..." But by 2020, water will be in dire straits and consecutively humans. In this short podcast we explore some fundamental problems and solutions.
22:59
August 29, 2020
Sikhi and Science- Conflicted or not?
Amarjeet and Navjeet discuss the relationship between faith and rationality; the role of science and faith in life, and Sikhi's relationship with science in this 58 minute 40 second segment.
58:40
August 22, 2020