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Surrey Today Podcast: An Open Discussion on The Indian Farmer’s Protest

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In this episode, I brought on an old friend of mine, Varan Rakhra. Varan is a former professional Bhangra dancer and judge, and has a wealth of knowledge on both Punjabi culture and diaspora, and the agrarian crisis in India.

In this episode, we discussed our opinions, and would love to hear what you think. As a disclaimer, swear words are used in this episode, so it may be best suited for adults.

Kamran is a Pacific Northwest Native and a technologist. Outside of his time being a contributor to Surrey 604, Kamran is also a team-member of PlanEvents.ca, a platform for South Asian wedding planning in Canada. He spends much of his time researching and learning about ongoing trends in the South Asian wedding market, so much of his writing on Surrey604 revolves around the topic.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Farmer’s Protest, Bad Girl RiRi, Kangana Ranaut, and More

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Varan and I given a recap on the last week of the Indian Farmer’s protest, Rihanna’s latest support for the protests, divisive comments by Kangana Ranaut, Diljit’s ode to Rihanna, and more.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Standing With Indian Farmers – Support from Palestinian and American Farmers

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In this podcast episode, Vin and I have a dialog with Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal and Amudi.

Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal is a professor at the University of Calgary, where he focuses on the Punjab region and Sikh religion. Amudi is a farmer in Washington State, where he owns and operates the Olive Branch Ranch. Amudi also comes from a family of Palestinian farmers, who have spent generations harvesting olives and raising livestock.

In this dialog, we discuss the plight of Indian farmers, and analyze the plight of Palestinian and North American farmers, in an effort to identify key similarities across these different groups. We ultimately try to analyze what has happened to all of these groups of farmers, to understand and predict what the future of Indian farmers might look like, if India’s 3 newly passed agricultural bills are not re-written.

Please share this word with your friends, and any potential allies who can help support the Kisaan.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Why The Indian Farmer Protests Matter

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This episode contains an interview with Dr. Harjit SIngh Grewal, which was a part of a broader 3 hour fundraising event. In this episode, we share a pre-recorded interview we did with Dr. Harjit Singh Grewal. Dr. Grewal has a Ph.D in Asian studies from the University of Michigan. He is is currently a professor at the University of Calgary, where he focuses on Sikh studies. In this 90+ minute interview, Dr. Grewal dives deep into why farmers are protesting, the mandi system, the agriculture bills that have provoked protesters, and more.

Money was raised for the Indian protesters. The event was hosted by PlanEvents.ca, with Pammy and Gurk from Coaches Don’t Play, and DJ Heer. Thank you to our sponsors over at Chutney’s Indian Grill, Rukus Avenue Radio, and Simply Bhangra.

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Surrey Today Podcast: Outdoor Adventure Recommendations and Tips for You and Your Family

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In this episode, Jaclyn from Brave and Free Adventures inspires the lower mainland to head into the wilderness with their families. Below is a summary of what was discussed:

  • How Jaclyn and her family got into the outdoors and started Brave and Free Adventures
  • Tips for navigating the outdoors during COVID
  • General trail etiquette
  • Tips on what to pack when you’re headed outdoors
  • Outdoor destinations for the wet and cold weather

Follow Brave and Free Adventures on Instagram!


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Surrey Today Podcast: Kal Dosanjh of Kids Play – Keeping Kids Away From Drugs, Gangs, and Violence

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In today’s episode, law enforcement veteran Kal Dosanjh talks about how the Kids Play Foundation is working to build a better future for marginalized youth. Below is a high-level overview of what we discussed:

  • The growing problem of marginalized youth getting into a lifestyle of drugs, gangs, and violence.
  • The Vancouver Police Department’s involvement in helping marginalized youth, prior to the establishment of the Kids Play Foundation.
  • The birth of Kids Play Foundation, and specific examples of how they are guiding youth out of a life of crime, and into better futures. Examples include youth who went through the Kids
  • Play Foundation program, and ultimately became law enforcement and correctional officers.

As mentioned in the episode, below are the referenced links:

Kids Play Foundation Site – https://kidsplayfoundation.com/
Kal Dosanjh’s Personal Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/kal_dosanjh


Listen to The Surrey Today Podcast on These Platforms: Spotify, Apple, Google, Breaker, RadioPublic, ListenNotes, BackTracks

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