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Author: Vijayendra Mohanty

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Vijayendra Mohanty on media, culture, and creativity. A podcast about where India came from and where it is going.

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We all have homes. But we all have different ways of seeing home. And a lot of times, these ways are culturally defined. Today's episode is about leaving home and staying home. If you like my work and wish to support it, buy me a coffee ( https://www.buymeacoffee.com/vimoh ). You can do so on a monthly recurring basis or with a one-time donation.
We have grown accustomed to thinking of echo chambers as a bad thing. But in an atmosphere where free expression advocating equality, rule of law, and common sense are being penalised and discouraged through fear, they may be the only thing that allow us to remember who we are as a people and what is important for the continued survival of democracy. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
When the people applaud every easy antic undertaken by those in charge of doing the hard things, they put their stamp of approval on inept and irresponsible governance. And then begins the spiral of ease where those in power get comfortable and those without it aren’t aware of the many dooms that approach them from behind. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Wolves of India

Wolves of India

2021-02-0905:29

There are two wolves fighting inside you. Which one wins? It’s an old story but one that I feel can define our present political discourse aptly. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
In India of 2021, there is a lesson to be had from the science fictional motifs of terraforming and bioforming. We encounter new cultural worlds all the time. The choice before us is between changing those worlds to suit the past we are acquainted with, or bringing about change in ourselves so we can embrace the possibilities that reside in these new worlds. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Deshbhakti vs Deshprem

Deshbhakti vs Deshprem

2021-01-2809:07

Bhakti makes way for putting the leader above the people. It turns representatives into rulers. It is against the basic principle of democracy where people are primary and eternal. Leaders come and go and though you may love a particular leader, you must never be devoted to them.Love towards your nation does not blind you. It causes you to care about the nation. And caring means being able to spot problems and illnesses and to look for solutions. Or at least state that solutions are needed. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Vimoh Talks is a podcast about Indian culture. Not just ancient Indian culture. Contemporary Indian culture and the culture that India might one day have. A culture which is being created by all of our actions and words right now. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Does your colony have a separate gate or elevator for maids, drivers, and workmen? Do you like to watch science fiction and can’t wait for the future where we all have robots working in our households?Today’s episode is about work, class discrimination, and the problem with thinking of technological progress as social progress. It’s also about the fact that kindness isn’t something we engage in for other people’s sakes. It does us good too. It keeps us human. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
I find it quite useful to evaluate the ups and downs of human history using the made-up future histories of science fiction. Star Trek has a future history that depicts the gradual demise of many enmities. It points in the general direction of one truth. That enemies are never eternal and that the idea of eternal enemies is a construct created and perpetuated by those who benefit from the prevalence of hatred in society.You can find and subscribe to the Vimoh Talks podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and other platforms. And you can support the production of it by either pledging an amount of your choice at my Patreon page or by becoming a paying member here. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
A good way to know your bias is to note who you have expectations from. Who are you talking to and who are you telling to change? In a domestic violence kind of situation, do you ask the abuser to change? Or do you ask the victim to change? In a political protest by citizens do you ask the government to change, or do you ask the citizens to adjust with the government's policies?In any conflict, do you stand with the weaker party and ask the stronger party questions? Or do you remain silent before the strong and hold expectations from the weak?Because the "adjustment" you keep asking for doesn't stem from your desire to strike balance. It stems from your desire to avoid doing anything. It's a love for the status quo masquerading as a desire to mediate.You don't want peace. You want quiet. They're two different things. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
I have been having conversations about the importance of hope and figured some of it was worth putting on the record. Isaac Asimov wrote Nightfall with different intentions, but one good thing about literature is that you can break free from context and put it to different uses. Also, this episode features The Incredible Hulk. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Today’s podcast episode is a brief rant about something I wanted to talk about a few months ago but the opportunity passed me by. It has to do with a particular manifestation of India’s class problem. Also, this podcast can now be independently subscribed to on Apple Podcasts. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Getting hurt is okay. You are human. You are religious. It is only natural that something someone said about your gods has caused you pain. But what is not okay? What are the limits of the redressal you seek? Because if there is no limit and you think that everyone must necessarily put themselves below your religious sentiments, then you end up hurting your own religion’s future.Vimoh Talks is a podcast published on vimohsworld.com and it is about contemporary Indian culture (because enough people are already talking about ancient Indian culture). You can sign up to received articles, webcomics, and podcast episodes in your email every week. And you can support the publication by becoming a paying member. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
A little something I was reminded of after listening to some protesting farmers make a distinction between how we see far produce and supermarket consumer goods.Also, hey! This is the first episode of the Vimoh Talks podcast. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
The stated purpose of a lot of writers who deal with mythology as subject matter these days is to make the younger generation aware of India’s rich culture and heritage by telling stories which have remained untold. But I can’t help feeling sometimes that not enough attention is being paid to the shape of future India. What will these young people grow up to become? What kind of adults will they turn out to be? What manner of India will they build? Is it going to be more of the same — an India powered by outrage and offence, crying out three times a day demanding to be treated like children by the authorities? Or can it be something different?Theme Music: Werq, by Kevin MacLeod This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
Nobody wants to admit that they had help getting where they are right now. In their heads, everyone is a hero who did it all by themselves. And this is why people hate it when their privilege is pointed out to them. This is a public episode. Get access to private episodes at www.vimohsworld.com/subscribe
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Amit Verma

It's astonishing how you connect science-fiction and contemporary culture. Loved this episode and the one about Hope, Nightfall and the Hulk.

Feb 2nd
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