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Letter to Rahul Gandhi: Fight in your own territory

NEW DELHI, Feb. 26 -- Dear Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji, I am pleased that the Indian National Congress (INC) has successfully forged alliances with the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and ... Read More


Indian dilemma: Construction abroad, demolition at home

NEW DELHI, Feb. 19 -- On Valentine's Day, when some custodians of faith usually harass young couples exchanging sweet nothings at public parks because they lack private space, Prime Minister Narendra ... Read More


Jan Nayak Karpoori Thakur's wake-up call

NEW DELHI, Feb. 12 -- Like countless people, I was very happy when President Droupadi Murmu announced the name of Karpoori Thakur as the posthumous recipient of the highest civilian honour of Bharat R... Read More


Open letter to Chhattisgarh CM: Christians punch above their weight

NEW DELHI, Feb. 5 -- Dear Shri Vishnu Deo Sai Ji, When you took over as the fourth Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, I was happy that a tribal had reached there. I thought you knew the state's problems... Read More


Ayodhya revisited: The sacred and the secular

NEW DELHI, Jan. 22 -- I cannot help but recall December 6, 1992; it was a Sunday. I had invited the founder editor of this journal, the late Fr. John Vallamattom, to be the chief guest at the annual d... Read More


Bilkis Bano: Extraordinary fighter and resilient survivor

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15 -- Allow me to commence by quoting verbatim from the Supreme Court's verdict delivered on January 8, 2024, in the Bilkis Bano remission case: "The grotesque and diabolical crime in ... Read More


Open letter to Home Minister: Act in haste, repent at leisure

NEW DELHI, Jan. 8 -- Dear Shri Amit Shah Ji, First of all, let me congratulate you for the "efficient" manner in which you enacted three laws of far-reaching consequences. They have received the asse... Read More


Fr George Kannamthanam: Triumph of vision

NEW DELHI, Dec. 18 -- I have great respect for institution builders, who create when most others consume. I have heard about Fr. George Kannamthanam, a Claretian priest based in Bengaluru. Some of you... Read More


Congress' loss, BJP's gain: Learning lessons for a good fight AJ Philip

NEW DELHI, Dec. 11 -- One standard comment I have been hearing across the political and social spectrum is that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) achieved a splendid victory in the just-concluded elect... Read More


Roads to divinity: Balancing progress and ecology

NEW DELHI, Dec. 4 -- They are called rat miners because they work like rats, digging into the earth to extract coals and minerals buried deep in the soil. It is a tough, hazardous job as they carry eq... Read More