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Championing all things diversity & the South Asian diaspora. Written blog pieces available on

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8 Episodes
On the 23rd of April 1973, the National Front decided to hold a meeting in Southall town hall. The local community, made up of a large South Asian and West Indian population, saw this as a provocative act. Protests against the National Front holding this meeting were arranged and the local community came out in force. On the day itself, the local community clashed with the police, who were seen to be protecting the National Front. The police used unnecessarily violent and heavy-handed tactics to manage the event. Blair Peach, a teacher from New Zealand, was unfortunately murdered as a result of a blow to the head from a police officer. A report was carried out into Blair Peach’s murder, which revealed that Blair was almost certainly killed by police at the demonstration. However, the report was covered up and hidden until 2010. This conversation is with Ravi Jain. Ravi, at the time, was the General Secretary for the Association of Asian Youth. I speak to Ravi about the events that led to this day and the day itself. INSTAGRAM:  WEBSITE: TWITTER: MUSIC: Music from Munah Boparai -
Shuranjeet Singh is the founder of Taraki, not-for-profit organisation that works with Punjabi communities to reshape approaches to mental health. Using a non-clinical but community-centred approach, Taraki supports people with their mental health and well-being. It’s a unique and incredibly useful approach, as it can be taken forward by anyone and everyone. In this conversation, I speak to Shuranjeet about Taraki’s origin story, the work Shuranjeet and the Taraki team are doing, as well as the techniques used to get these conversations happening. FOLLOW TARAKI ONLINE WEBSITE: TWITTER: INSTAGRAM: TIKTOK: STAY UP TO DATE INSTAGRAM:  WEBSITE: TWITTER: MUSIC: Music from Munah Boparai -
Jitesh Chauhan is the subject of his own documentary, entitled “I’m Jit and I’m an alcoholic. It tells Jit’s story through active addiction, the pains, the trauma and the story of his recovery. I spoke to Jit about his time in addiction, the recovery and what he’s gained as a result of being in recovery. FOLLOW JITESH ONLINE - Twitter: FOR SUPPORT ISSUES RELATED TO ALCOHOLISM OR DEPRESSION, SEE LINKS BELOW: - Free In Recovery is a Grassroots peer led recovery support service for those in active addiction, their families and friends. Supporting those from the minority communities. - BAC-IN is a Nottingham based specialist drug and alcohol recovery service aimed at individuals, families and carers from Black, South Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.  A community inspired, grass roots organisation founded in 2003 by individuals in recovery. - AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. - Samaritans offer listening and support to people and communities in times of need. They give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others, as well as encourage, promote and celebrate those moments of connection between people that can save lives. - Mind is a mental health charity who provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. - Drinkaware provides independent alcohol advice, information and tools to help people make better choices about their drinking. - Taraki work with Punjabi communities to improve access to mental health awareness, education, social supports, and research through culturally safe activities to better care for themselves and one-another. - Sikh Your Mind aims to increase awareness of mental health difficulties in the Sikh community. - - Asra Now is a Punjabi Alcohol Resource and acts as a starting point for Punjabi families who struggle with alcohol use and are seeking help for themselves or a loved one. INSTAGRAM:  WEBSITE: TWITTER: MUSIC: Music from Munah Boparai -
Fateh Singh is a Nottinghamshire County Cricket club all-rounder. He wants to do it all. Still 18 years old and just having signed a new two-year contract at Notts, time is definitely on his side. FOLLOW FATEH SINGH ONLINE Instagram - Twitter - FOR SUPPORT ON LIVING WITH ALOPECIA, AND OTHER RESOURCES, VISIT ALOPECIA UK - Original Write-Up: INSTAGRAM: WEBSITE: TWITTER: MUSIC: Music from Munah Boparai -
Shruti Saujani is the Engagement Lead for ED&I at the ECB. I speak to Shruti about leading the Dream Big Desi Women initiative, a programme set up to retain and expand the female coaching network in order to deliver more women’s and girls’ cricket, led by female coaches. We discuss the success of the initiative, Shruti's path into working within sport and her inspirations. Learn more about the Dream Big Desi Women initiative: Dream Big Desi Women programme reaches 2000 volunteers landmark Express your interest to become a volunteer: Original Write-Up:   INSTAGRAM:  WEBSITE: TWITTER: MUSIC: Music from Munah Boparai -
Whether you realise it, or not, we all Code-Switch. But if you're from a minority group, Code-Switching could have significant consequences on your career and mental health. This is a direct reading of my write-up, entitled "A conversation about Code-Switching."  Link to written version:  A little about me and this podcast / blog -  INSTAGRAM:  TWITTER: WEBSITE: MUSIC INTRO: Music from Munah Boparai -
Dr. Fletcher's research helped inform some of decisions made by the ECB, with regards to improving South Asian participation within English domestic cricket. Dr. Fletcher is a Reader in the School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University. Whilst being a cricket fan, he is also a passionate advocate for race equality and social justice. He has many published academic works that cover ideas such as identity, nationalism, cultural resistance, the relationship between cricket and migration as well as much more. Read my original write-up from this conversation, here:  More recently, Dr. Thomas Fletcher's work has been focussed on tackling online hate in Football. You can find out more about this here:  Music from Munah Boparai - Written blog pieces available on A little about me and this podcast / blog - INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:
Asian Women Mean Business (AWMB) offers coaching, mentoring and support for South Asian women, daring to dream bigger. I spoke to its founder, Rupinder Kaur. Visit the AWMB website -  Written blog pieces available on A little about me and this podcast / blog -  INSTAGRAM: TWITTER:
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