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Cracking coconuts is a monthly podcast that explores political and social issues in South Asia. By providing a platform for voices that are often oppressed or censored, we aim to provide you an alternative perspective to the status quo. This podcast is brought to you by 47 Roots.

Latest Episodes

Ep5 - Vanni, a Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict

In this episode, we discuss Vanni, a graphic novel illustrated by Lindsay Pollock and written by Benjamin Dix. The novel draws on research and eye-witness accounts to bring to you a family’s struggle to survive during the Sri Lankan civil war. The conflict claimed the lives of over 220,000 Sri Lankans and generated a global diaspora of 600,00 to 800,00 Sri Lankan Tamils.This year marks a decade since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the world’s deadliest conflicts. Our guest, Benjamin Dix, shares with us his work as well as personal anecdotes that are sure to take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Outline: 01:00 - 08:14 Inspiration for book 08:14 - 11:52 Working with the UN 11:52 - 20:45 Evacuating Vanni 20:45 - 22:18 International Community and Reaction 22:18 - 25:56 Friends lost in SL 25:56 - 32:46 View of Tigers 32:46 - 34:56 Purpose of Graphic Novel 34:56 - 40:38 Reactions

40 MINNOV 1
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Ep5 - Vanni, a Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict

Ep4 - Tamils of Lanka

In conversation with Rachel Seoighe of the Tamil Information Centre. Ten years on from the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, minority communities on the island are continuing to face heavy surveillance and further restrictions on their basic human rights. The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka only reaffirmed this as we saw mobs attack Muslim minorities in their homes and places of worship, and the government stood in utter silence. In this episode, we discuss with Research scholar, Rachel Seoighe, about her work on the normalisation of genocide in Sri Lanka and the upcoming exhibition, Tamils of Lanka, which aims to capture the lives of Ilankai Tamils. Timestamps: 00:00 - 01:45 Intro 01:46 - 04:46 Easter Sunday Bombings 04:47 - 10:36 About TIC (Tamil Information Centre) 10:37 - 24:38 Sinhala Supremacy and the Normalisation of Genocide 24:39 - 36:07 “Tamils of Lanka: A Timeless Heritage” Exhibition

36 MINMAY 14
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Ep4 - Tamils of Lanka

Ep3 - Kashmir: Living Under Occupation

The recent events of March 2019 brought the world’s attention to Kashmir; when Pakistan and India almost went to nuclear war with each other. It’s important to note that the coming weeks will see a major election in India where Kashmir has become a contentious topic and one that has been wielded to gain support. In this episode of Cracking Coconuts we attempt to dissect the complexities of Kashmir’s struggle through the lens of a Kashmiri citizen. Having been born and raised in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK), our guest will share his stories growing up under occupation. 00:00 - 02:41 INTRO 02:42 - 08:37 Growing up in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) 08:38 - 12:13 Repercussions on Kashmiri Youth 12:14 - 15:32 Identity 15:33 - 25:23 Struggles of a Kashmiri Muslim in New Delhi 25:23 - 30:23 Analysing India’s view of Kashmir and Kashmiris 30:24 - 35:15 India’s Ongoing Elections

35 MINMAY 2
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Ep3 - Kashmir: Living Under Occupation

Ep2 - Deconstructing Gender in India

With the striking of a Colonial Era Law, also known as Section 377, we have seen a surge of support for the LGBT+ community in India. Dancer Shiva Raichandani is best known for his work in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. On this week’s podcast, he and Maiyoraa discuss Bollywood and gender binary in the new era. 01:45 - Defining LGBTQIAP 08:30 - Section 377 & India’s Media 13:22 - Deconstructing Gender 15:32 - Representation in Bollywood 31:30 - Toppling the Gender Binary

36 MIN2018 DEC 2
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Ep2 - Deconstructing Gender in India

Ep1 - Crème de la coup

Recently, Sri Lankan politics has seen a tumultuous turn of events with the unconstitutional appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM. Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka, oversaw the massacre and genocide of Tamils during the civil war and has an infamous human rights rapport. To dissect and understand the situation further, we have a conversation with Thusiyan Nandakumar, Editor on Board at Tamil Guardian. Is this coup a manoeuvre of power or emblematic of the tyranny that is to come?

37 MIN2018 NOV 8
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Ep1 - Crème de la coup
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Latest Episodes

Ep5 - Vanni, a Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict

In this episode, we discuss Vanni, a graphic novel illustrated by Lindsay Pollock and written by Benjamin Dix. The novel draws on research and eye-witness accounts to bring to you a family’s struggle to survive during the Sri Lankan civil war. The conflict claimed the lives of over 220,000 Sri Lankans and generated a global diaspora of 600,00 to 800,00 Sri Lankan Tamils.This year marks a decade since the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, one of the world’s deadliest conflicts. Our guest, Benjamin Dix, shares with us his work as well as personal anecdotes that are sure to take you on an emotional rollercoaster. Outline: 01:00 - 08:14 Inspiration for book 08:14 - 11:52 Working with the UN 11:52 - 20:45 Evacuating Vanni 20:45 - 22:18 International Community and Reaction 22:18 - 25:56 Friends lost in SL 25:56 - 32:46 View of Tigers 32:46 - 34:56 Purpose of Graphic Novel 34:56 - 40:38 Reactions

40 MINNOV 1
Comments
Ep5 - Vanni, a Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict

Ep4 - Tamils of Lanka

In conversation with Rachel Seoighe of the Tamil Information Centre. Ten years on from the end of the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, minority communities on the island are continuing to face heavy surveillance and further restrictions on their basic human rights. The Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka only reaffirmed this as we saw mobs attack Muslim minorities in their homes and places of worship, and the government stood in utter silence. In this episode, we discuss with Research scholar, Rachel Seoighe, about her work on the normalisation of genocide in Sri Lanka and the upcoming exhibition, Tamils of Lanka, which aims to capture the lives of Ilankai Tamils. Timestamps: 00:00 - 01:45 Intro 01:46 - 04:46 Easter Sunday Bombings 04:47 - 10:36 About TIC (Tamil Information Centre) 10:37 - 24:38 Sinhala Supremacy and the Normalisation of Genocide 24:39 - 36:07 “Tamils of Lanka: A Timeless Heritage” Exhibition

36 MINMAY 14
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Ep4 - Tamils of Lanka

Ep3 - Kashmir: Living Under Occupation

The recent events of March 2019 brought the world’s attention to Kashmir; when Pakistan and India almost went to nuclear war with each other. It’s important to note that the coming weeks will see a major election in India where Kashmir has become a contentious topic and one that has been wielded to gain support. In this episode of Cracking Coconuts we attempt to dissect the complexities of Kashmir’s struggle through the lens of a Kashmiri citizen. Having been born and raised in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK), our guest will share his stories growing up under occupation. 00:00 - 02:41 INTRO 02:42 - 08:37 Growing up in India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) 08:38 - 12:13 Repercussions on Kashmiri Youth 12:14 - 15:32 Identity 15:33 - 25:23 Struggles of a Kashmiri Muslim in New Delhi 25:23 - 30:23 Analysing India’s view of Kashmir and Kashmiris 30:24 - 35:15 India’s Ongoing Elections

35 MINMAY 2
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Ep3 - Kashmir: Living Under Occupation

Ep2 - Deconstructing Gender in India

With the striking of a Colonial Era Law, also known as Section 377, we have seen a surge of support for the LGBT+ community in India. Dancer Shiva Raichandani is best known for his work in advocating for LGBTQ+ rights. On this week’s podcast, he and Maiyoraa discuss Bollywood and gender binary in the new era. 01:45 - Defining LGBTQIAP 08:30 - Section 377 & India’s Media 13:22 - Deconstructing Gender 15:32 - Representation in Bollywood 31:30 - Toppling the Gender Binary

36 MIN2018 DEC 2
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Ep2 - Deconstructing Gender in India

Ep1 - Crème de la coup

Recently, Sri Lankan politics has seen a tumultuous turn of events with the unconstitutional appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM. Rajapaksa, former president of Sri Lanka, oversaw the massacre and genocide of Tamils during the civil war and has an infamous human rights rapport. To dissect and understand the situation further, we have a conversation with Thusiyan Nandakumar, Editor on Board at Tamil Guardian. Is this coup a manoeuvre of power or emblematic of the tyranny that is to come?

37 MIN2018 NOV 8
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Ep1 - Crème de la coup
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