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About Jose Vallikatt

Jose Vallikatt, belonging to MST, has specialised in the interdisciplinary area of media, religion and culture. He writes on various issues related the Church and media in publications and online sites. He is the founder and CEO of CONNECT, and edits websites such as www.arpanam.com and www.allaboutconnect.com

The Complex Web of Lynching

By | July 14th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Who is the culprit of lynching: Technology or Culture? Whole world was in prayer this week for the amazing rescue operation that saved 12 boys and their 25-year-old coach trapped in the treacherous Tham Luang cave in Thailand. Diving experts from various countries involved in the rescue mission undertaken by the military which proved that [...]

Firing Communal Bullets

By | July 14th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

The Fight that Won Before the Freedom Struggle Anyone who has a fair knowledge about history knows that Christians in India were the first Indian community to be colonised than their counterparts. This was when the Christian missionaries came along the traders from Portuguese who were happily welcomed by the Hindu kings of Kozhikode in [...]

In Pursuit Of Happiness

By | July 7th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

I would like to enroll myself for the 8th standard high school education in one of the Delhi government schools just because I am too fascinated by the Happiness Curriculum, Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister and education minister has launched a week ago. The programme included in the regular curriculum is aimed at helping [...]

Why We Should Take Sanghi Trolls Seriously

By | June 29th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

It is essential for politicians to be very persuasive in order to capture the imagination of the people. Trolls are the most facile but very fracturing mode of persuasion in the Internet era. Troll simply means to “make a deliberately offensive or provocative online post with the aim of upsetting someone or eliciting an angry [...]

Catering To Your Communal Orientations

By | June 23rd, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Man’s Media Miseries Whenever a full-spread cover advertisement appears in his favourite newspapers, an online friend of mine posts a picture of it on his Facebook wall and laments the squalor and commercial motive of mainstream newspapers.  But most readers of the conventional dailies including him do not consider unsubscribing such dailies though they are [...]

Let Us Pray…. For, the Nation Wants It

By | May 25th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Does being a Christian forbid one to participate in the socio-political and secular affairs of the country? The height of being apolitical is when someone vehemently resists another’s political views for his religious belief. The Catholic archbishop of Delhi, Anil Couto was targeted by some hashtag groups and Modi media a couple of days ago [...]

The Age of True Lies

By | February 4th, 2018|In Depth, True Lies, Vallikatt|

World leaders would not be as threatened by the most advanced warhead of a hostile country today than a FAKE NEWS. No doubt, any fake news or information, which often goes viral, is a nightmare for celebrities or politicians. In our country even responsible people themselves increasingly circulate fake information to boost their foothold. One [...]

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Lord of the Lands…. Not Masters of Faith

By | January 5th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Balance sheet of a land deal: Moral integrity questioned, Clergy divided, Faithful alienated. With its notorious land deal, the pastors of the Eranakulam-Angamali Archdiocese of the Syro Malabar church in Kerala served a sourly feast for its faithful during the bygone Christmas season. Providing convincing explanations to the faithful may be relatively less challenging than [...]

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True and False Labourers: A Parable from Kerala

By | July 21st, 2017|In Depth, Vallikatt|

“I will give you whatever is right,” is what the protagonist of the great parable of The Labourers in the Vineyard offered to the hired workers (Mt. 20:1-15). But when those who worked more in the field grumbled about what they thought as unfair distribution of wages, the landowner intervenes: “Why are you envious about [...]

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Please, Don’t Close That Door

By | December 4th, 2016|In Depth, Resources, Vallikatt|

Now that Mercy Doors have been closed, what would happen to mercy? Would the Church and its members pack up mercy and set to relax of the ‘fatigue’ of the yearlong jubilee celebration? Pope Francis wants the wheels of mercy rolling forever, as expressed in his apostolic exhortation, Misericordia et Misera (MM), published at the [...]

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