Valson Thampu

Religion and the corona pandemic

Compare the faith healers with our health workers. The latter risk their life for others, undeterred even by sporadic eruptions of ingratitude from the very people they serve

20 Apr 2020

How shall we respond to the pandemic?

On occasions like this, it could help to recall how such calamities were faced in the past

01 Apr 2020

Nirbhaya tragedy: beyond the hangman’s noose

The lust to abuse human beings as tools stems from the mindset of power that rejects love, which is the spiritual element in us

21 Mar 2020

Looking behind & beyond Delhi riots

The sentimental task is to bemoan the mammoth human suffering inflicted. The ethical task is to map its subterranean roots.

08 Mar 2020

Arvind Kejriwal has turned Delhi into a counter-Hindutva laboratory

If Modi is truly invincible, he should be so not only in parliamentary polls but also in state elections. That is clearly not the case. What does this mean?

11 Feb 2020

What the turmoil in JNU portends

JNU signals a worrisome pathology.Violence as the medium of argument is unacceptable anywhere

14 Jan 2020

Christians of Kerala, awake!

The oppressiveness of organised religion draws its legitimacy from man-made rules and customs, which are dishonestly attributed to God for stamping them with legitimacy.

08 Dec 2019

SC verdict: A passage to Ayodhya 

As the apex court is set to deliver its judgment today, India is on the cusp—a time pregnant with expectancy and its country-cousin, anxiety 

09 Nov 2019

On the ease of doing democracy

Civilization, as Will Durant documents, involves a transcendence of the tribal way of life in which tribe-against-tribe was the norm.

03 Nov 2019

The helpless nuns of God’s own country

If there is a crime worse than raping defenseless nuns, it is hounding those who, out of spiritual sensitivity, dare to stand by their spiritual sisters

22 Oct 2019

Revisiting Unity in Diversity

Unity in diversity is the irreducible logic of life. Uniformity is its contradiction, necessarily attended by disastrous consequences 

12 Oct 2019

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

Japan not just about Shinkansen

The bullet train project, we are told, involves technology transfer. But will it involve culture transfer as well?

12 Oct 2017

Bumbling our way through education

HRD Minister Javadekar’s remark that research was not mandatory for college teachers’ promotions is a step backward

12 Aug 2017