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The One with Shabd

The One with Shabd

By Shabd Singh
The One with Shabd is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews with leading minds on all things Sikh: religion, culture, philosophy, history, politics, and more.

Listen to learn about the ideas, spirit, and people that shape the multifaceted universe known as Sikhi. What inspires a Sikh to wear a turban and grow long hair? What significance do Sikhi's symbology and ritual have to a people whose religion is skeptical of both? Why do Sikhs carry swords? What was the Sikh Empire?

Also learn about contemporary Sikh politics, historical research and people organising for a Sikh political future.
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The Farmers' Protests in Context with Navyug Gill
In this episode, Shabd interviews Navyug Gill about the historic and ongoing farmers’ protests in India. Navyug Gill is a professor in the department of history at the William Paterson University in New Jersey with a doctorate from Emory University Atlanta, GA. He specialises in Modern South Asia, Labor History, Agrarian Studies, Caste Politics, Global Capitalism, Postcolonial Theory, and Subaltern Studies. They talk about the history of agriculture and its politics that led to this moment including the Green Revolution, Anandpur Sahib resolution and more. They talk about the bills and what they’re trying to really achieve, farmers’ strategies, Sikh ethos and its relationship with a “secular” and universal movement, and the future of this movement Find Navyug Gill - https://twitter.com/navyuggill Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:44:28
December 31, 2020
Queens New Deal with Jaslin Kaur
In this episode, Shabd interviews Jaslin Kaur about her campaign running for City Council District 23 of New York City.  Jaslin Kaur is an organizer, survivor advocate, and lifelong resident of Glen Oaks, running for City Council District 23. She wants to transform the public transit system, bailout gig economy workers, and foster a violence-free New York City for students, seniors, and families across Eastern Queens. They talk about her experience in the Sikh community and how her values translate to politics, her reaction to the 2020 Presidential election and the broader politics in the United States, her progressive agenda for District 23 and more.  Support the campaign - jaslinkaur.nyc  Follow Jaslin online - twitter.com/jaslinforqueens  Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh)  Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv)  Support the show and get exclusive perks at patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
59:13
November 30, 2020
Sparks From The Same Fire with Jasdeep Singh
In this episode, Shabd interviews Jasdeep Singh, about his book 'Sparks From The Same Fire', a collection of 4 short stories. Each story explores experiences and emotions which weave us together in the tapestry of humanity. Jasdeep Singh spent years performing poetry as a hobby. Eventually people started referring to him by the town he grew up in - Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. His writing is influenced by Sikh philosophy, through which he is learning about the concepts of compassion, selfless service, and the common source of all things. He spends his days gardening, learning to ride horses, and having interesting conversations with people around the world. They talk about the Jasdeep’s experiences that went into the creation of the book, the theme of common origin and common struggle that tie all the stories in the book together, Jasdeep’s relationship with Sikhi and the Nihang tradition, and how all of this forms the basis of the stories in the book which by showing the commonalities amongst people, wants to unite them. Find Jasdeep Singh - instagram.com/jasdeepsinghrh Find the book - amazon.com/Sparks-Same-jasdeep-Singh-Richmond/dp/1777270901 Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:01:13
November 7, 2020
1984: India's Guilty Secret with Pav Singh [Rebroadcast]
The Sikh genocide of November 1984 is one of the most important moments in recent Sikh history. 8,000 people were killed and thousands more women and girls raped by orchestrated gangs over the course of three nightmarish days in early November. Pav Singh, journalist, author, and Community Associate at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London walks us through his new book detailing the historical context, sequence of events, and subsequent coverup the '84 genocide.  Find Pav online - twitter.com/PavSingh84 Buy the book - kashihouse.com/books/1984-indias-guilty-secret Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Support the show and get exclusive perks at patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:08:05
October 16, 2020
Sikhi for All with Tegh Singh
In this episode, Shabd interviews Tegh Singh about his experience as a Black Sikh in the community. Tegh Singh is originally from Southern California. He enlisted in the US Army at age 18 and served for over 6 years imbedded in infantry platoons as a Fire Support Specialist - a multi-faceted occupation centred around calling in mortars, artillery, and attack aircraft. After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, he married his long time best friend Rusveer Kaur in 2010, which is also when they began studying Sikhi together. As an interracial couple in the Sikh community, Tegh and his wife have faced many challenges before and since having their daughter (now age 4). They currently live in Calgary, Alberta; striving to make Seva the center of their lives; serving veteran and homeless communities, and speaking to youth about Sikhi, overcoming life’s challenges, and developing important life skills. Find Tegh Singh - twitter.com/TeghSinghCA Hosted by Shabd Singh (twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
02:14:20
September 11, 2020
Art and Acitivism with Sonny Singh
Shabd interviews Sonny Singh who is a trumpet & dhol player, singer, songwriter and a social justice educator. He is also the original member of red baraat - a band out of Brooklyn, New York. They talk about Sonny’s experience with racism growing up, learning to play tabla and harmonium as a young SIkh kid, finding ska music, discovering and attending social justice movements and more - all of which go into his work as a musician and an educator today. His first single as a solo artist, ‘Mitar Pyare Nu’ comes out on August 18. Find Sonny Singh - https://sonnysingh.com/ and https://twitter.com/iamsonnysingh Find his single - https://fanlink.to/sonnysingh-mitar Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv)
01:04:26
August 18, 2020
Pind with Hark1karan
In this episode, Shabd interviews Harkaran or Hark1karan as he’s known online, about his photo-book, ‘PIND: Portrait of a Village in Rural Punjab’ which shows a specific culture, rooted in Indian Punjab, in a village called Bir Kalan, in the district of Sangrur, Malwa. It captures brilliantly the daily life of this village, its residents and the changing rural landscape without romanticising it. They talk about the story behind the book, the creative process and interactions with people of the village, Harkaran’s life being a creative person in the Punjabi community, and dealing with and capturing through photos, the questions of personal expression and changing ideas of normality in a community which is continuously evolving. Order the book - https://www.hark1karan.com/ View the photos - https://www.hark1karan.com/the-one-with-shabd/ Find Hark1karan - https://www.instagram.com/hark1karan/ Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:30:22
June 25, 2020
A History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe [Part 2]
This is Part 2 of History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe. The discourse between Philip, who has dedicated years to studying this story, and Shabd who was born and raised in the community, provide a unique perspective on the oft-misunderstood community. They finish up the history of the community and use them to talk about contemporary developments. They cover the relationship between gurus and students, 3HO’s corporate wing, ideological roots of the community, recent revelations and more. Part 1 - https://anchor.fm/theonepodcast Find Philip Deslippe at https://philipdeslippe.com and https://twitter.com/PhilipDeslippe Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
02:20:37
May 29, 2020
A History of Yogi Bhajan and 3HO with Philip Deslippe [Part 1]
Shabd interviews historian Philip Deslippe on the history of the community known as 3HO and its founder Yogi Bhajan. The discourse between Philip, who has dedicated years to studying this story, and Shabd who was born and raised in the community, provide a unique perspective on the oft-misunderstood community. They talk about the context of early American yoga, and gurus, Yogi Bhajan’s arrival in LA, 3HO’s teachings, the emergence of a business, exploitation and control, relationship with Sikhi and more. Find Philip Deslippe at https://philipdeslippe.com and https://twitter.com/PhilipDeslippe Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
02:07:38
May 19, 2020
Episode 18 - The Court of the Tenth Master with Lou Fenech
In this episode, Shabd is joined by Lou Fenech - who’s a historian and a scholar specialising in Punjabi and Sikh Studies. His publications include three books, the most recent of which is: The Sikh Ẓafar-nāmah of Guru Gobind Singh: A Discursive Blade in the Heart of the Mughal Empire (2013). He is also co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Sikh Studies(2014). They talk about the Darbar of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh master and the ideas of balancing Dharam or righteousness and realpolitik. They also talk about the political and social context of that time, and how the Sikh Guru’s philosophy interpreted and explained it. This is done by reading and understanding the vast scholarship of Guru Gobind Singh. Find Lou’s books - Amazon link Hosted by Shabd Singh (https://twitter.com/ShabdSingh) Produced by Rishwajeet Singh (https://twitter.com/leftclicktv) Support the show and get exclusive perks at www.patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:28:43
April 25, 2020
Episode 17 - Understanding Mental Health with Shuranjeet Singh
In this episode, Shabd interviews Shuranjeet Singh, about understanding mental health and the organisation he founded Taraki, which works alongside Panjabi communities to raise awareness around mental health and create community structures of support. They also talk about Shuranjeet’s experience of mental health as a student, mental health in capitalism, the current paradigm of understanding mental health, and Taraki’s unique way of approaching it.
01:12:34
March 31, 2020
Mini-Episode - India's Citizenship Laws with Suchitra Vijayan
In this episode we’re joined again by Suchitra Vijayan - director and founder of the polis project, talking about CAA and NRC - India’s new citizenship laws. These laws offer accelerated citizenship for specific minorities from specific countries - which might end up fracturing the “secular” nature of the Indian democracy, and open the door to the establishment of a theocracy - an idea that that underpins the actions of India’s ruling party - the BJP.
24:48
February 19, 2020
Episode 16 - 54 Punjabi Proverbs with Jvala Singh
In this episode, Shabd interviews Jvala Singh, about his great research work and translation of Sikh historical texts. Jvala is the creator of Manglacharan which, in his own words,  is a project dedicated to shedding light on the treasure trove of knowledge passed down by our ancestors, which has not yet been translated into English. For the past ten years, Manglacharan has provided translations of passages from important theological and historical texts within the Sikh tradition. They discuss the Suraj Prakash Granth, one of the most important historical Sikh texts, the context for it and how Sikh scholarship has changed through the years. Finally, they talk about Jvala’s new book - “54 Punjabi Proverbs” which contains 54 Punjabi proverbs transliterated and translated into English, and the story behind it.
01:02:54
December 31, 2019
Episode 15 - Organizing Sikhs with Jaskaran Sandhu
In this episode, Shabd interviews Jaskaran Sandhu, about the great work World Sikh Organisation has been doing. WSO is a Sikh advocacy group in Canada and works to protect and promote the interests of Sikh Canadians.
01:02:48
November 25, 2019
Episode 14 - Decolonizing Kashmir with Suchitra Vijayan
In this episode, Shabd interviews Suchitra Vijayan, about the revocation of special status, communications blockade and human rights abuses in Kashmir.
54:01
September 24, 2019
Episode 13 - The Singing Guru with Kamla Kapur
In this episode, Shabd interviews Kamla Kapur about her book about the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. Her works include plays, novels, poetry, essays and reimaging Indian spiritual writings.
01:41:07
August 4, 2019
Episode 12 - Combating Hate with Arjun Sethi
In this episode, Shabd interviews Arjun Sethi - activist, educator, and attorney, about his book “American Hate: Survivors Speak Out”. They discuss the book as well as delve deeper into the thesis of his introduction - the relationship between white supremacy and the United States’ massively unequal economic system, and how the media portrays survivors in a way that is often more exploitative that helpful.
01:00:39
June 3, 2019
Episode 11 - Queerness, Gender, and Intersecting Identities with Prabh Kehal and Smalls
Today, I speak with two fantastic guests about queerness, gender, and intersectionality as Sikhs. Queerness and gender are taboo topics among Sikhs and queer Sikhs often experience within their own communities. We discuss the nature of this repression and how we can work together to combat those stigma.Prabhdeep Kehal is a doctoral student in sociology at Brown University. Their research interests span racial theory, racism, higher education, and organizational theory; their research falls into the tradition of DuBoisian sociology, focusing on how the color line, history, community, and context are critical dimensions for conceptualizing a racialized modernity. Their work is concerned with how prestige is constructed within higher education, and how constructs of prestige and merit serve as mechanisms for maintaining racialized inequality in higher education. Through studying higher education, Prabhdeep is interested in understanding how higher education can serve as a mechanism for structuring inequality. An additional area of personal inquiry pertains to anti-Blackness, anti-queerness, and gender conformity within the Sikh and Sikh-American diaspora and how it manifests itself in political and educational advocacy. @prabhbob on Twitter.Smalls is an artist, advocate, and abolitionist working to improve the visibility and representation of coloreds and queers while fighting for the improved quality of life and liberation of all oppressed peoples, with a spotlight on Black mental health, OCD, chronic illness, and invisible disability. @hellaSwankky on Twitter.
01:30:15
August 24, 2018
Episode 10 - Remnants of a Separation: A History of the Partition through Material Memory
"Remnants of a Separation is an Oral History archive focusing on material memory. It is the first and only material study of the Partition of India, taking into consideration those objects that refugees brought with them when they migrated across the border, those objects that were left behind in houses and lastly, those objects that were lost in the midst of the journey of migration."Aanchal Malhotra is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and oral historian living in New Delhi, India. She received a MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University, Montréal in 2015. Her thesis project, entitled, 'Remnants of a Separation', developed and defended under the guidance of photographer, Raymonde April, is the first and only study of the material remains of the Partition of the India in 1947. On today's episode Aanchal Malhotra walks us through some of these memories from her outstanding thesis and now book.Follow her at aanchalmalhotra.comSupport the show at Patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
01:11:16
August 6, 2018
Episode 8 - The Real MVP with Arish Singh
Arish Singh discusses his comedic work, activism, and American radical politics as a Sikh.
01:37:15
June 12, 2018
Bonus Episode - Prabodhchandrodaya with Jvala Singh
Jvala Singh joins us for a bonus episode about the philosophical play: Prabodhchandrodaya. Jvala writes:The Prabodhcandrodaya - The Rise of the Moon of Awakening, is a very influential Sanskrit play, written at the end of the 11th century. Rooted in Advaita Vedanta philosophy, the text took numerous forms over the centuries, including a Persian version (17th century), as well as a Braj Bhasha version (18th century) translated by Pandit Gulab Singh, a Nirmala Sikh.You can see a video he recorded on the play here: https://youtu.be/eCMJFXW8FhsFollow Jvala on Twitter: @jvalaaaSupport The One with a monthly donation at Patreon.com/TheOnePodcast
47:31
June 12, 2018
Episode 7 - The Story of Sikh "Radicals": Sikh Narratives in the Media with Dr. Jasjit Singh
Dr. Jasjit Singh has conducted in-depth study into Sikh activists and whether accusations of violent Sikh groups in the UK were real. The results were illuminating in many ways. We learn what his findings tell us about the realities of Sikh activism, the narratives fabricated around Sikh identity, and how we can build meaningful conversations in our communities.
01:12:30
May 18, 2018
Episode 6 - The Material Realities of Partition with Dr. Guneeta Singh Bhalla
Guneeta Singh Bhalla has worked for over ten years to crowdsource over 5,000 oral histories of Partition survivors. The insights their stories give are only now coming to light with decades worth of research still to be done to truly understand those fateful events. What begins to emerge is a story not of Hindu or Sikh against Muslim - but of political and ruling elites using mob violence for their partisan benefit.
01:06:13
May 1, 2018
Episode 5 - Headless Heroics with Jvala Singh
All Sikhs are familiar with the story of Baba Deep Singh - the brave warrior who led a mission to retake the Golden Temple from Afghan forces in the 18th century. In the traditional story, Baba Deep Singh loses his head in battle but stands back up, retrieves his head, and carries it the rest of the way to the precincts of the temple where he falls having achieved his goal. The story is a potent one that is meant to instill limitless resolve in the face of oppression in those who hear it. We discuss the story and the origins of the headless warrior symbol in Indic thought.
01:03:23
April 18, 2018
Episode 4 - The Eyes of Asia with Charles Allen
Charles Allen, one of the great British historians of the Indian Sub-Continent of his generation joins us to discuss Rudyard Kipling's The Eyes of Asia. The new edition from Kashi House brings us the stories of four Indian soldiers writing home from the Western Front of the first World War. These fictionalized letters were created by Kipling through his reading of soldiers' actual letters which he accessed through the military censor at the time.
58:53
March 21, 2018
Episode 3.5 - Sikh Resistance Movements Continued w/ Sukhraj Singh (Sikh Talk)
Khalistan is an oft-misunderstood movement. Too often, the conversation around it is lost in political hyperbole. Here, Sukhraj lays out the basic framework for the movement. We also discuss leftist analysis and how to use it to identify oppressive societal and economic structures. We also discuss whether a Sikh can also be called a leftist.
01:24:35
March 10, 2018
Episode 3 - Sikh Resistance Movements w/ Sukhraj Singh (Sikh Talk)
Throughout their history, Sikhs have often found themselves at odds with the ruling hierarchies of their societies.
01:14:37
February 22, 2018
Episode 2 - The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan with Amardeep Singh
Amardeep Singh left his life in the corporate world to investigate his ancestral history in Pakistan. Little did he know that this would lead him on two trans-Pakistani tours documenting the ancient forts, houses, and places of worship left behind by the Sikhs after India's partition. His work is compiled in two books: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan and The Quest Continues: Lost Heritage: The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan. Not only do they show the rich cultural legacy of pre-partition Punjab, but they speak to those people's memories of a society less divided across religious boundaries. We discuss this as well as how and why these divisions were deepened and how they contributed to the fracture of these once coexisting communities.
01:17:42
February 6, 2018
Episode 1 - 1984: India's Guilty Secret with Pav Singh
The Sikh genocide of November 1984 is one of the most important moments in recent Sikh history. 8,000 people were killed and thousands more women and girls raped by orchestrated gangs over the course of three nightmarish days in early November. Pav Singh, journalist, author, and Community Associate at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London walks us through his new book detailing the historical context, sequence of events, and subsequent coverup the '84 genocide.
01:13:13
January 21, 2018