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Welcome to the ਸੋਚ (Sōch/thought) Podcast, with Ramblings of a Sikh. Every episode, I get the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of guests. Our roster includes Professors, Doctors, Academics, Musicians, Artists, Entrepreneurs, Art Collectors, and Athletes, among others. We delve into captivating discussions of history, art, culture, and philosophy.
00:00 – Introduction
01:28 – What are guestworker programs?
02:27 – What are the origins of guestworker programs?
07:26 – How do guestworker programs differ from indentured labour and slavery?
09:42 – What influences the development of the guestworker programs?
14:04 – Why doesn't the government seem to take significant actions?
17:58 – What other elements contribute to the exploitation within guestworker programs?
22:54 – What was the role of guestworker programs in Jim Crow America?
29:59 – Is it common for cases to go to court?
31:35 – How have you gone about your research?
34:30 – What are some of the benefits of guestworker programs?
37:29 – How has anti-immigrant sentiment affected the expansion of guestworker programs over time?
42:44 – What are some potential solutions to problems created by guestworker programs?
47:23 – What is the current status of guestworker programs?
51:12 – Guestworker programs increasing under Trump?
56:36 – Are there any similarities between guestworker programs and the war on drugs?
01:00:37 – Who is Cindy Hahamovitch?
00:00 – Introduction
01:04 – Who is John Soboslai?
11:49 – Contrasts between Judeo-Christian martyrdom and non-Abrahamic martyrdom?
16:22 – How is martyrdom reconceived or repurposed by those holding authority?
34:12 – What impact do events like Komagatu Maru, World War I, and Jallianwala Bagh have on loyalist camps?
37:45 – What are the similarities and differences in manifestations of religious martyrdom?
44:14 – The motivations behind martyrdom?
52:02 – How did the British Indian Army manipulate the concept of ‘Shaheedi’?
01:01:14 – How has the concept of martyrdom evolved within Sikh tradition?
01:04:38 – A Sikh homeland in East Africa?
01:13:50 – What are some intriguing discoveries that you have made during your research?
01:22:29 – If you could meet any individual from the history you’ve studied, who would it be?
01:24:18 – Can you share any particularly interesting or unusual sources you encountered during your research?
01:28:26 – Is the notion of ‘divinity’ essential for the existence of ‘martyrdom’?
01:31:35 – If given the chance, what would you ask the soldiers you’ve studied about?
01:34:33 – Could you share some details about your book and any future projects you are working on?