Cracking coconuts is a 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.
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On May 2nd, screenshots of boys talking about their underage classmates, the way they look and their dressing sense in a derogatory manner, circulated across Facebook and Instagram. In this episode, we are joined by Shruti Balaji, a PhD candidate in LSE’s Department of International Relations, to discuss how social media provides a platform forContinue reading “Bois Locker Room: Rape Culture & Harassment on Social Media”
Protests began in Minnesota, the week before, to end police brutality against black folx in response to a video showing a white police officer killing Floyd, an unarmed black man. The protests have erupted globally calling for an end to police brutality, an end to the police state, and an end to institutionalised racism. InContinue reading “George Floyd and Dismantling Racism”
Sri Lanka: The month of May is a momentous one in the long history of the Tamil people. For many Tamils, May is a month of mourning, commemorating and remembering. 11 years ago, tens of thousands of innocent Tamil civilians were massacred. Today, we are joined by Sagi Thilipkumar, PEARL’s Advocacy Coordinator for Switzerland andContinue reading “Reflecting on Genocide: 11 years on”
What’s it like on the frontline? On this episode of cracking Coconuts, we speak to a UK based intensive care doctor about treating coronavirus patients admitted to critical care units, the importance of social distancing and the outlook for the coming weeks and months. Vinorshan and Nahim also discuss coronavirus super spreaders, cheap testing kitsContinue reading “What’s it like on the frontline?”
In this episode we’ll be explaining the violence that has come about in Delhi in the last couple months, starting with the clashes with students in December to the recent state-sanctioned pogrom. This has now escalated to a full-blown discriminatory attack on Muslims in Delhi with at least 51 people killed and around 250 injured.Continue reading “Delhi Violence Explained”
Does the coronavirus signal the end of humanity? Vinorshan and Nahim take over this episode of Cracking Coconuts, to discuss the origins of the COVID-19 virus, its global spread and how it’s impacting South Asia. The information discussed here is accurate as of recording, which took place on Saturday 7th March 2020.
A rape takes place in India every 20 minutes. The rape of the 23-year-old student took place just before Christmas 2012, bringing thousands of people on to the streets to demand greater protection for women. All of this happened before the current prime minister, Narendra Modi, took office, but he would like the entire subjectContinue reading “Rape Culture and Hindutva in India”
In parts of rural Nepal, women are forced to isolate themselves in huts or caves during their menstruation period. Recently, a 16-year-old girl suffocated to death in her goth. In recent years, some women have turned their back on the ritual: a few burnt their sheds. But although the country’s supreme court banned practising chaupadiContinue reading “Nepal’s bleeding exiles”
What was Britain’s involvement in the Sri Lankan war other than just arms trade? Phil Miller, an investigative journalist, has written a “Keenie Meenie: The British Mercenaries that got away with war crimes.” This book unveils the work of British mercenaries and former politicians and councillors in training and committing atrocities against Tamil civilians. InContinue reading “Britain’s Involvement in Sri Lankan War Crimes”
On November 17th, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was announced as the new president of Sri Lanka. A man who conducted mass atrocities against the country’s minorities has just taken up the highest office. In this episode, our guest, Dr Thamil Venthan Ananthavinayagam, discusses the election result and what it means going ahead in terms of security, economyContinue reading “Sri Lankan Presidential Elections”
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 globalContinue reading “Vanni, a Family’s Struggle through the Sri Lankan Conflict”
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 sawContinue reading “Tamils of Lanka”
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.Continue reading “Kashmir, Living Under Occupation”