Is Lakhimpur Kheri a watershed moment for the BJP in UP?: George Abraham

The heinous and barbaric killings of four farmers protesting peacefully in Lakhimpur have again shown the world the slide towards anarchy and lawlessness in Uttar Pradesh, a state ruled by Yogi Adityanath, a hardcore Hindutva leader as its Chief Minister. The resultant revenge killings are also a blot on a  democracy based on rule of law where people should not take the law into their own hands. As seen In video footage on social media, a speeding jeep accompanying other vehicles runs over the farmers from behind appears to be…

Secretary Blinken’s assessment of Indian Democracy is not compatible with ground reality

“The most remarkable democratic election in the world, in many ways , is here in India” Blinken told a press conference.  As a pravasi Indian I wish these were true statements and I want India to be known this way among the nations of the world.  Mr. Blinken either believes this to be true or he was ignoring the truth for the sake of international diplomacy.  Since there is no freedom of the press in India only polished news comes out.  Mr. Blinken would have simply gone with a political…

FIACONA congratulates Secretary Blinken for his visionary statement that the most remarkable democratic election in the world is in India

As a pravasi Indian I wish these were true statements and I want India to be known this way among the nations of the world. Mr. Blinken either believes this to be true or he was ignoring the truth for the sake of international diplomacy. Since there is no freedom of the press in India only polished news comes out. Mr. Blinken would have simply gone with a political argument ignoring the reality on the ground. Either way, based on the facts on the ground Mr. Blinken was either misguided…

Few Reflections of Professor P. J. Kurien@80

There is no doubt that campaigning is an exhilarating experience not only for the candidates involved but also for those active supporters and participants. I must confess that my experience has not been any different. It also allows one to travel to even the remotest parts of the State and interact with people with different ideologies and perspectives. However, it would be even more heartwarming to sit down with some veteran leaders and exchange views and ideas. Visiting Professor P. J. Kurien provided such a valuable opportunity. During my trips…

Misogyny, Patriarchy, Clericalism, Organized-religions, Unity-equality-freedom, Fratelli-Tutti!: Women Emerging from the Shadows of Patriarchy; A Prophetic challenge!

CCV has been speaking ad-nauseam for years all the topics clubbed under the Kicker-headline without receiving an adequate reply from the powers that be in religion and society! In the article below Sr. Julie George touches upon most of them in an excellent display of ‘Women-speak’in public as opposed to priestly-preaching in Church where the Bible asks the Better Half to keep their mouths shut! Women’s rights lawyer! Julie George SSpS is a women’s rights lawyer and director of Streevani, an NGO in Pune, who takes up cases of women…

ARTICLES AND STORIES FROM EPICS AND MYTHOLOGIES – The Saint and his Disciple

INTRODUCTION: From the readings and sapthahams and Navahams I attended in Mumbai, I could gather some knowledge which I would like to share with my readers who have always evinced and expressed great interest and inquisitiveness to acquire the knowledge potential. I too strongly believe that the knowledge we gather from books and discourses and even discussions with knowledgeable souls should be shared with others from time to time. Otherwise, it remains futile like the wealth with a miser which is of no use. I am sure these stories and…

Articles and Stories from Epics and Mythologies – Gajendra Moksham

INTRODUCTION: From the readings and sapthahams and Navahams I attended in Mumbai, I could gather some knowledge which I would like to share with my readers who have always evinced and expressed great interest and inquisitiveness to acquire the knowledge potential. I too strongly believe that the knowledge we gather from books and discourses and even discussions with knowledgeable souls should be shared with others from time to time. Otherwise, it remains futile like the wealth with a miser which is of no use. I am sure these stories and…

Articles and Stories from Epics and Mythologies

INTRODUCTION: From the readings and sapthahams and Navahams I attended in Mumbai, I could gather some knowledge which I would like to share with my readers who have always evinced and expressed great interest and inquisitiveness to acquire the knowledge potential. I too strongly believe that the knowledge we gather from books and discourses and even discussions with knowledgeable souls should be shared with others from time to time. Otherwise, it remains futile like the wealth with a miser which is of no use. I am sure these stories and…

Is India’s social justice paradigm under threat? Stories of Fr. Stan Swamy and Sudha Bharadwaj

In a letter written by Fr. Stan Swamy SJ, from the prison, said, “Dear friends: Peace! Though I do not have many details, from what I have heard, I am grateful to all of you for expressing your solidarity support. I am in a cell approximately 13 feet x 8 feet, along with two more inmates. It has a small bathroom and a toilet with an Indian commode. Fortunately, I am given a western commode chair. Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, and Arun Ferreira are in another cell. During the day,…

Indian farmers, We need not fail !

The government and the farmers remain unchanged in their positions. For the eighth time, the farmers ordinance were discussed with the leaders of the farmers’ organizations. But the Central government washed their hands by saying that they let the Supreme Court decide on the issue.The panel, which will be nominated by the Supreme Court, will hold further deliberations. Supreme Court orders non-implementation of agricultural law. The Supreme Court also directed the formation of an expert committee on agricultural law. The Center has asked for one day to decide the members…