The ‘extra’ in the ordinary

For a long time we did not know her name. She was and is a constant presence at our back gate in Jor Bagh (New Delhi) - always with a smile, pressing freshly brought clothes,…

2019: Whither, South Asia?

In India 2019 denotes election year for the Parliament! In Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has won a massive victory for a third term, notwithstanding the allegations. Sri Lanka is undergoing political turmoil. Pakistan ended the political…

Crib: A clergy-less sacred space

It is attributed to Teilhard de Chardin that he described the ultimate reality as “A God ‘as vast and mysterious as the Cosmos’, a deity ‘as immediate and all embracing as Life’, and an absolute…

Be not afraid; Put out into the deep…

These are not ‘happy days’ for the Catholic Church. Financial scandals, sex abuse cases and civil war type reactions from within the hierarchy – these and other issues are engulfing the Church. Pope Francis is…

Too little and too late?

I am not talking about Kerala Flood Relief efforts. I am talking about the tsunami that continues to hit the Catholic Church because of child abuse and sexual abuse cases. ‘Too little and too late’…

Public Spaces and Minority Discourses

In most of the important cities in South Asia Christian institutions - in particular Catholic institutions - have occupied central spaces. The ‘Jesuit geographical map’ is not far behind. This may be attributed partly to…

Nothing to lose is a new kind of…

Pablo Picasso once said: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist as we grow up.” There is creativity, newness and richness in every child, and in each one of…

To be holy is to become a nuisance!

We are witnessing unusual times in our days. The near total grip of the right-wing fundamentalism and neo-liberal economy on the socio-political map of the world is worrisome. There is uncharacteristic justification of the unacceptable.…