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IDENTITY (DIS)

Nadeem Rangzeb, Reiss Haidar

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Nadeem Rangzeb, Reiss Haidar

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The Identity (DIS) podcast is produced by the Portmir Foundation. The podcast centres around British Mirpuris, one of oldest and largest South Asian Diaspora communities in the UK. Approximately 80% percent of British Pakistanis originate from Mirpur Division, Erstwhile Princely State of Jammu & Kashmir, whose forebears as single men came to the UK as early as the late 1800s, early 1900s. Migration increased after World War II during the reconstruction years as many Mirpuris had fought in both world wars, and were invited by the UK government to cover labour shortages. They subsequently became a settled community in the UK. And yet this community is shrouded in mystery. The (DIS) bit in our title implies the idea of dispossession. We attempt to dismantle narratives and labels that have been imposed upon the Mirpuri community by outsiders. We are attempting to create a new discourse around identity issues that impact ordinary Mirpuris; disrupting the cultural spaces that claim to represent Mirpuris through non-Mirpuri actors who assert an overarching British-Pakistani or South Asian identity; challenging disinformation by the media and social commentators who rely heavily on negative stereotypes and popular tropes from within the British-Pakistani community. We want to speak on behalf of our own community to members of the wider British society without the anxieties of those who constantly denigrate us even as they claim to be our peers.

Latest Episodes

BBC's Lost boys?? What went wrong with white film-makers when producing a documentary about South Asian men with little help from their Asian friends.

Episode description coming soon............

98 MIN2018 SEP 1
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BBC's Lost boys?? What went wrong with white film-makers when producing a documentary about South Asian men with little help from their Asian friends.

Vilification to Exploitation

In early June 2018, we appeared on BBC Asian Network’s radio station on the segment called "Big Debate's Little Debate" presented by Qasa Alom. We wanted to discuss the demonisation of the British Mirpuri community by other Asians, particularly British-Pakistanis. In this episode, we will be discussing our experience on the radio show; how the media has been demonising the Mirpuri community for, at least, two decades, unwittingly through the anecdotes and factoids of our gatekeepers from the wider British-Pakistani community. In recent years TV programme-makers producing media content about Britain’s Asian communities have taken a keen interest in the Mirpuri community. Their footage is almost entirely drawn from Mirpuri communities, whilst they appropriate the members as British-Pakistanis, any mention of a self-sustaining Mirpuri community is excluded from the ensuing portrayal. Whenever the explicit mention of Mirpuris is made, it is always done negatively. The production compa...

47 MIN2018 JUL 20
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Vilification to Exploitation

"Mirpuris are not Kashmiris"

This is our first episode. We will be talking about how Portmir Foundation came about and the meaning of the name. What are some of the objectives of Portmir Foundation? Who is it aimed at and the kind of participants we are looking for, to contribute to the Portmir Website? Who are Mirpuris and what is their documented history in the UK? Our second important subject is discussing the obsession with pointing out that "Mirpuris are not Kashmiris” - this is the first phrase that pops up in the automatic google search box when the keyword "Mirpuris" is typed in.

59 MIN2018 JUN 8
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"Mirpuris are not Kashmiris"
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Latest Episodes

BBC's Lost boys?? What went wrong with white film-makers when producing a documentary about South Asian men with little help from their Asian friends.

Episode description coming soon............

98 MIN2018 SEP 1
Comments
BBC's Lost boys?? What went wrong with white film-makers when producing a documentary about South Asian men with little help from their Asian friends.

Vilification to Exploitation

In early June 2018, we appeared on BBC Asian Network’s radio station on the segment called "Big Debate's Little Debate" presented by Qasa Alom. We wanted to discuss the demonisation of the British Mirpuri community by other Asians, particularly British-Pakistanis. In this episode, we will be discussing our experience on the radio show; how the media has been demonising the Mirpuri community for, at least, two decades, unwittingly through the anecdotes and factoids of our gatekeepers from the wider British-Pakistani community. In recent years TV programme-makers producing media content about Britain’s Asian communities have taken a keen interest in the Mirpuri community. Their footage is almost entirely drawn from Mirpuri communities, whilst they appropriate the members as British-Pakistanis, any mention of a self-sustaining Mirpuri community is excluded from the ensuing portrayal. Whenever the explicit mention of Mirpuris is made, it is always done negatively. The production compa...

47 MIN2018 JUL 20
Comments
Vilification to Exploitation

"Mirpuris are not Kashmiris"

This is our first episode. We will be talking about how Portmir Foundation came about and the meaning of the name. What are some of the objectives of Portmir Foundation? Who is it aimed at and the kind of participants we are looking for, to contribute to the Portmir Website? Who are Mirpuris and what is their documented history in the UK? Our second important subject is discussing the obsession with pointing out that "Mirpuris are not Kashmiris” - this is the first phrase that pops up in the automatic google search box when the keyword "Mirpuris" is typed in.

59 MIN2018 JUN 8
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"Mirpuris are not Kashmiris"
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