Swami Agnivesh: A prophet for our times

The dastardly assault on Swami Agnivesh has rightly been described as a direct attack on democracy and the freedom of expression - a frontal attack on the rule of law and on human dignity. It…

Village teacher with a difference

I do not recall what I studied in primary school but I do remember my village teacher. He accompanied us every day from our village to school. He wore a clean white dhoti and a…

The future of India lies in its villages

I have been away from my native village for about thirteen years. Recently I was sent to Arehalli for my village exposure programme before going for theology to RTEC (Regional Theological Extension Centre), Bangalore. Arehalli…

Jesuits in Parishes

My experience of the Jesuits started way back in 1971 when, as a child, I was admitted to the Preparatory of St. Mary’s (ICSE) School, Mazagaon, Mumbai. My memories of school are replete with the…

The Unheard Voices

“But mummy, were all those poor little babies killed?” little Lily asked her mother. Daisy replied, “Yes darling, Herod was a cruel king and he was jealous and afraid that Jesus would become king. So…

Is Jesuit education losing its Jesuit character?

I have no hesitation in asserting that Jesuit education is slowly losing its Jesuit character. The Ignacianidad of which Fr. Pedro Arrupe spoke seems to be totally absent in our schools. He wanted us to…

Jesuit contribution to Life Sciences in India

Jesuit contribution to Life Science in the early days had focussed more on Classical Botany and less on Zoology. The Jesuit pioneers were mostly drawn to Natural History and were self-made men of science. Without…