Azad Lab (Free To Speak) is a show that discusses issues that are often sidelined by the mainstream but that cause much disruption and anxiety among young people like masculinity, caste etc. Episode producer Kanchan who is also a Freedem Fellow enjoys penning down her thoughts and expressing herself through poetry. Kanchan who lost her job amidst the COVID pandemic struggled through the odds and started her own footwear shop in Sangam Vihar, Delhi.
Episode 10: Jatiwad
"Our country is more biased towards the one who cleans the dirt rather than the one who is responsible for creating it in the first place"
Host Kanchan addresses the persisting issue of caste based discrimination while providing instances from her own lived reality.
Azad Lab is one of 6 shows produced as part of the Free/Dem Community Podcasts, the online avatar of the Freedem WhatsApp Radio run by community members of Tajpur Pahadi and other urban slums in and around Delhi. The shows are built around ideas of gender equity, love, freedom of expression, human rights and justice. Through the podcasts, community members discuss as well as share their lived realities. They are produced under Ideosync's FREE/DEM initiative, which provides marginalized communities - especially women and migrants - a platform to amplify their narratives and stories using audio and video.