Valson Thampu

Why religions are expected to decay

Religion may or may not be the last resort of a scoundrel, but it is an ideal hiding place for many who answer that description.

22 Sep 2018

Religion and cultural nationalism

The historical fact that cultural nationalism is not native to India, but an early 20th century import from war-demented Europe, has ceased to bother us.

04 Sep 2018

Decoding the tragedy of Kerala

It is superfluous to delve on the massive scale of human suffering in the wake of the recent disaster that paralysed the state of Kerala.

23 Aug 2018

Spiritual rot within Indian Christianity

Indian Christian denominations that came under the influence of Eurocentric mission agencies and mindsets internalised the prejudice that non-Christian faiths are domains of ‘darkness and error’.

11 Aug 2018

A community at the cross-roads

Of late, the Kerala Christian community has been serially buffeted by tremors of priestly sexual aberrations. Where did the church fail?

16 Jul 2018

The RSS, Pranab and Adi Shankara

At the Nagpur event, the RSS chief spoke about diversity-in-unity while the former prez said unity-in-diversity is the core of India.

15 Jun 2018

Fixing our mediocre universities

If imparting information is the sole purpose of a varsity, it is at risk of becoming obsolete. Good educational resources are available on the web

04 Jun 2018

Requiem for mantra of development

In the first two years of Modi’s reign, India resounded with the drumbeat of development. Its echoes played prettily on the lips of everyone, even the moonstruck Opposition parties.

12 May 2018

Even God is misused by a theocracy

Religious fundamentalism is a throwback to the pre-rational phase of religion. It has a genius for misrepresenting regression as progress

07 May 2018

The case for a politics of ambiguity

In an ambience of presumed infallibility in governance, measures and initiatives are failing to deliver. How are we to decode this anomaly?

23 Apr 2018

Time to end priestly celibacy

Celibacy, especially in its institutionalised mode, is unnatural. It turns out to be a breeding ground for sexual perversion

03 Apr 2018

Why Modi still remains hard to beat

The recent bypoll results do not, in any way, undermine Narendra Modi’s centrality to the political dynamics of this country

20 Mar 2018

Reflections in the days of democracy

A farmer is named and shamed over a loan of few lakhs. No one dares to displease those who rob us of thousands of crores

09 Mar 2018

Kabaddi match after the scam

We cannot afford any longer to be spectators to this Congress-BJP blame game. No corruption is conducive to our welfare

20 Feb 2018

On the evolution of religion

The anxieties of religionists over evolutionist theories merely expose the insecurities that lurk behind the facade of religious dogmatism

24 Jan 2018