Understanding and Responding to Job Loss during the pandemic: Where do we stand?

The Covid-19 crisis has been unprecedented in the way it has completely disrupted countries, economies, companies and every person’s life on this planet. The scale of disruption has varied, but undoubtedly this is an undeniable marker in modern history and has irrevocably changed the way in which we look at life and how we operate. …

Whom Has Education Failed During Lockdown

Let me begin with an acknowledgement that this has been a hard time. Everyone is trying to navigate the pandemic and its uninvited challenges the best we can. Stresses of the pandemic have been felt by everyone alive – including every child, student, teacher and parent. However, this paper will focus on challenges in India’s …

Did We Fail Fr. Stan Swamy: Carrying His Legacy Forward

Introduction The 84 year old, Fr. Stanislaus Lourduswami SJ, fondly known as Stan Swamy, was arrested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) from the Jesuit social center he founded, Bagaicha, Ranchi, on 8 October, 2020, and sent to Taloja jail, near Mumbai. He was charged with sedition, supporting the banned Maoist organization, waging war against …

Personal Data for Profit: A Christian Response to Digital Capitalism in the 21st Century

Dr Timothy Stoneman and Dr Ashok Maharaj Introduction There is a high probability you had agreed to a set of terms and conditions that you never read while downloading an app this month. I recently did, with a clear knowledge, that whatever I signed up is watching me. A virtual panopticon in motion only that …

Mahatma Phule’s Vision of Balirajya and it’s Significance for Church and Society

Introduction Peshwa Brahmin rule was the most cruel rule in Pune, India where the Peshwa kings implemented the Law of Manu in full effect with severe implications on the ‘Untouchable person’. In Mughal period, Vedic Brahmins could not only protect their existence but got to deepen its roots and on the other side Buddhism was …

People of Privilege

Dr. Shantanu Dutta According to a report citing the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, 97 percent of Indians have been left poorer to a greater or lesser degree post Covid[1]. That is most of the Indian population if the estimates are even reasonably accurate. Perhaps some of those reading this are part of this statistic. …

Even if it may not Passover

The onslaught of the pandemic that began almost fourteen months back has created havoc hitherto unknown to this generation. The lockdown and the ensuing migration of the poor was heartrending and insensitive. Without a relief in sight, the common people were left to fend for themselves and for their loved ones. Today, situations are even …

When the Angel of Death Comes Knocking

The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to innumerable questions. One of the questions among Christians is theological: why has it ravaged the community of faith? In other words, why are followers of Jesus Christ not spared from the sufferings of this terrible pandemic? It’s a question that sounds rather exclusive, selfish and insensitive. But it …

Politics Behind the Apolitical Farm Laws

Introduction The Government’s move to bring in three ordinances on Farm Laws in Parliament and later getting them formulated into Acts in September 2020 has become a bone of contention for both the Government and farmers. The move lacked wide consultation with the main stakeholders like farmers, implementing states and political consensus, leading to the …

Unbearable lightness of Big Data: Societal Impact Of Algorithms And How Big Companies Harvest Data, And Claim Private Human Experience As Commodities And Products

There is a high probability you had agreed to a set of terms and conditions that you never read while downloading an app this month. I recently did, with a clear knowledge, that whatever I signed up is watching me. A virtual panopticon in motion only that you sometimes are oblivious to its existence. The …