Banish the Bane: Looking at the Tender Toilers of India

By | June 11th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Driving through a street in Chandigarh I was struck by a sight of few people, apparently women and children from two families, sitting at roadside. I parked my car and approached the two women and seven of children sitting beside their assets and dreams bundled in rags. A pot was boiling on a provisional hearth [...]

Beckoning political parlance

By | June 6th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

No other Assembly election than the recently polled one in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam (May 16) and West Bengal had seen the worst communal polarisation ever. These had also been elections, which the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies endeavoured to steer the course by strong interventions in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Minority electorate was [...]

Till It and Keep It: Mercy to the Created World

By | May 16th, 2016|Vallikatt|

In September 2003, I was shooting a short video for the Franciscan magazine Assisi to mark its 50th anniversary. The project was commissioned to me by Capuchin Fr. Roy Karakkattu. He was then the editor of the magazine as well as the mastermind behind the idea. Inspired by the splash of water drops on plants [...]

Being politically correct

By | May 9th, 2016|In Depth, Vallikatt|

Father, what would you say of the Catholic Church’s explicit political stance in Kerala? Facing this rather embarrassing question I felt I was being tested as was Jesus by the Pharisees. The question was raised soon after a lecture I delivered to a group of priests in Faridabad diocese on Mercy and Communication. The tantalizing [...]

Changing Habits

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

I was walking my way to the parish church for the morning Mass. Suddenly I heard a loud music approaching me from behind. I turned back to find a young lady walking at the pace of music being played aloud in her mobile phone. In one of the media literacy sessions in a Kanpur school, [...]

Let Us Connect

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

As we were travelling in Delhi Metro both of us noted something fascinating but not uncommon today. Everyone around us in the metro car was connected with one or other electronic mobile device. Most of them had their ears plugged with a wired headphone to connect with the mobile device. Some made this connection through [...]

Curious Case of Digital Youth

By | May 5th, 2016|Digital Boot, Vallikatt|

Approximately ten years ago Delhi was shocked by an MMS that went viral! It was November 2004 and Delhi was shivering with cold. This MMS became the hottest news in all channels, arousing much public interest. Those who still grapple as to what an MMS is, it’s the abbreviation for Multimedia Messaging Service. It was [...]

10 Ways to Improve Church Communication

By | May 5th, 2016|Vallikatt|

A prelate, who was responsible for social communications in the Indian Church, was commenting about the “urgency” of Catholic communication in a video interview I was monitoring two years ago. This sense of urgency, he said, was a highlight of Inter Mirifica (IM), the Vatican II document that ignited the revolution of social communications within [...]

Catholic Communities and New Media

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

This paper expounds the nature of community in the early Christianity and suggests ways and means to found and foster communities through new media in the postmodern age after that model. In the process this paper not only explores some postmodern ecclesiological perspectives but also elucidates the characteristics of new media that parallel the characteristics [...]

Literacy in the digital era

By | May 3rd, 2016|Vallikatt|

Many think that literacy is the skill of reading and writing. Of course reading and writing are basic features of literacy, but one becomes completely literate only when they are able to think critically about the written or spoken word as well as to conceptualise and state his/her own ideas coherently. In this information age [...]