Monks Who Sell Their Ferraris

By | September 8th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Cars No More Cachets Not too long ago, Pope Francis put a Lamborghini he got as a gift from the Italian auto makers for auction. The dream luxury vehicle fetched nearly 1 million dollars which he dispensed completely for charity. When the 70 percent of its proceeds was shared to rebuild the Iraqi city of [...]

Thanks From The Depths of Waters

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

Deluge at Midnight When water receded from the flood hit Kochi suburbs in Kerala someone clicked that image from the sky. Through the thick foliage around the house and dense water on the ground those six big white letters stood out on the terrace of a house. THANKS. Flood hit Keralites are expressing their gratitude [...]

Casting Seeds Of Hate

By | July 30th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Preaching Gauneeti at Foreign Land Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted 200 cows to poor villagers in Rwanda to mark his visit to the country on July 24. These locally sourced cows will add to the Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Girinka programme initiated in 2006. Mr Kagame’s dream project of giving cows to poor families that [...]

Time to Turn Swords into Ploughshares

By | July 30th, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Catholic Church apparently had its own role in the horrendous killings of Tutsi people in predominantly Christian Rwanda. Obviously priests, bishops and lay people belonged to either Hutu or Tutsi. During the holocaust the ethnic identity prevailed over the Christian morality. Some presbyters took part in atrocities against their opposing faction on their own personal [...]

If you ‘Like,’ You’re Likely to be Behind Bars

By | July 21st, 2018|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Riot at Luzhniki The venue was Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Fans were cheering in the gallery. The final game of the World Cup was played between France and Croatia. The referee was busy controlling the game. Suddenly four women in police uniform barged into the field, but were seized by the security personnel. Media did [...]

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 [...]