Articles by: Kandathil Sebastian

Houses, houses everywhere, nor many homes to live!  Re-thinking housing in Kerala

Houses, houses everywhere, nor many homes to live!  Re-thinking housing in Kerala

The largest residential house (40,000 SFT) in India’s Kerala state is in Wayanad district. It is owned by a businessman named Arackal Joy. Hailing from a farmer’s family, he made his fortunes through sheer hard work and of course with some luck. He has refineries in Sharjah and Ras al Khaimah in the UAE and supplied lubricants to ships and[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
A walk-in test centre for coronavirus in Ernakulam

Is there a Replicable Kerala Model of Corona Control?

It seems Kerala state in India has successfully controlled the spread of COVID 19 virus in its geographical limits. Global community is now wondering whether this success model can be replicated in other parts of the planet.  This article examines whether there is any such possibility through a socio-epidemiological lens. Kerala Model – Version 1 Historical moorings of Kerala model[Read More…]

April 19, 2020 India
Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Will this phase of history change us as individuals, communities and nations?

Last night, I got a call from my cousin sister. She is a Nurse in a big hospital in NY. She was calling me after a long time. In fact, I started getting many such phone calls from several other friends and relatives after the current pandemic driven global lockdown. Glad that people are finding more time to interact as[Read More…]

April 17, 2020 World
Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

Migrant Workers in the Cities and Public Health Response to the Corona Pandemic

In 1896 a ‘plague’ pandemic arrived in the Indian city of Mumbai from Hongkong. Within a few days, strict quarantines have been imposed against Indian vessels at Suez and at many ports of Europe. Subsequently, strict quarantine measures were introduced in the city which included evacuation and burning of huts inhabited by the poor. There was an all-round clearance and[Read More…]

April 3, 2020 India
Do we need magic bullets to eliminate Corona and other viruses?

Do we need magic bullets to eliminate Corona and other viruses?

  The response to the Corona virus epidemic in India seems to be taking the same trajectory of HIV/AIDS control in which fear, stigmatisation of victims and confusion was the rule in the initial years. One message I just got in whatsaap says someone found a vaccine for Corona infection. Some other message talks about discovery of some combination drugs[Read More…]

March 15, 2020 World
How Do We Permanently End Slavery in Our Lifetime?

How Do We Permanently End Slavery in Our Lifetime?

On 10th July 2019, India woke up to see the tragic image of a 70-year old man named Kasi falling at the feet of some Tamil Nadu district government officials, begging them to rescue him from a work site where he was kept as a ‘slave’. This image soon became viral in the social media and disturbed the conscience of[Read More…]

July 13, 2019 India
Failing Public Justice System in India and the Powerful Rapists and Murderers of Unnao!

Failing Public Justice System in India and the Powerful Rapists and Murderers of Unnao!

What happened in Unnao? Latest reports from the Unnao town in the Uttar Pradesh state of India narrate a shocking story of gang rape of a minor girl and the subsequent horrific murder of her father who tried to get justice to his daughter through India’s public justice system. Though the case is under investigation and only the investigating agencies[Read More…]

April 11, 2018 Patriarchy
Everyday Violence, Citizen Safety And Law Enforcement

Everyday Violence, Citizen Safety And Law Enforcement

  Ensuring Citizen Safety through Law Enforcement and thereby ending Everyday Violence is a Prerequisite to End Poverty in India Violence in society at macro level is manifested in multiple forms such as genocide, wars, ethnic cleansing, attacks prompted by religious bigotry, and heinous acts of terrorism.Some thinkers include state led violence against civil resistance also in this category. Such[Read More…]

March 19, 2018 India
Photo by Ben Sutherland

Will Modi Government’s Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 Remain as a Toothless Tiger?

Trafficking[1] of humans for the purpose of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation is an organized crime.  Currently, India does not have a comprehensive and strong anti-human-trafficking law. As a result, the Indian police sometimes depends onImmoral Traffic Prevention Act, sometimes Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and some other times a few existing labor lawsto deal with the[Read More…]

March 3, 2018 India
Resolving the Crisis in the Catholic Church in Kerala

Resolving the Crisis in the Catholic Church in Kerala

  Recent reports of criminal activities committed by some clergies of the Kerala Church have shaken many of its faithful followers. These reports have become favourite themes of the social media,not only among the Malayalam speaking community in Kerala but also among people from other states too[1]. It is a grave situation and has precipitated a crisis within the Catholic[Read More…]

March 7, 2017 Patriarchy
What Does Kerala’s 60th Birthday Mean To Women?

What Does Kerala’s 60th Birthday Mean To Women?

Kerala becomes 60 years old on 1st November. Over the past 60 years, this Indian state has witnessed phenomenal changes in politics, economy and ecology. Such changes may be true for other Indian states too. Individuals, groups, and communities everywhere in Indiaare indeed changing. But the trajectory of change for the women in Keralais different – both as ‘change makers’[Read More…]

October 31, 2016 Patriarchy