Jeemon Jacob — Tehelka

Jeemon Jacob
Jeemon  Jacob

Jeemon Jacob has been a journalist for 27 years both in print and television, as of 2012. He was a Reuters Fellow and spent nine months in Oxford University as visiting scholar in 1994-95. He has headed the political bureau in New Delhi of the Rashtra Deepika group of publications and later joined News Express in Brunei Darussalam as Features Editor. He won the Statesman award for rural reporting in 1987 for his seven articles that exposed a brown sugar racket in Kumily, Kerala. In 1990, he won the state award for best reporting and in 1992, his article on social alienation of people with HIV/AIDS won the prestigious PUCL Award for human rights reporting in 1992. Jeemon is a graduate in English Literature and Journalism and has exposed the corruption behind the DMK government’s allotting prime land to high court judges, senior civil servants, and the kith and kin of politicians under the government’s discretionary quota. He is based in Thiruvananthapuram.

Blogs By Jeemon Jacob

Saluting the Unsung Heroes

Saluting the Unsung Heroes

0 May 31, 2013 in Culture & Society

They were all ordinary people who didn’t receive fame for their extraordinary lives. Their names weren’t even mentioned in the media when they were alive. However, while leaving the world, they took an extra ordinary decision of donating their organs voluntarily. I salute them for their great sacrifice. I don’t know […]

People’s power Vs party power in CPI (M)

People’s power Vs party power in CPI (M)

0 February 12, 2013 in Current Affairs

Old is not gold for many in the materialistic world. They may be glittering with their past but they often pose inconvenient questions and give corrective directions when the young tread on a dangerous path. So it’s better to discard or dump them in history. CPI (M) leaders in Kerala […]

Suryanelli gangrape victim waits for justice eight years on

Suryanelli gangrape victim waits for justice eight years on

3 February 1, 2013 in Current Affairs

There was no candle vigil to support her when she was gangraped by more than 40 men for over 40 days in different locations in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in January-February 1996. Only lewd comments welcomed her when she came for the trial. The police investigations into shocking rape case […]

Chopped Life, Divine Justice

Chopped Life, Divine Justice

14 December 5, 2012 in Current Affairs

He is only a numbered criminal in police records. Professor TJ Joseph of Newman’s College, Thodupuzha no longer haunts our memory. It was on July 4, 2010 that the Malayalam professor was attacked by activists from the Popular Front of India (PFI) in Moovattupuzha when he was returning after a […]

Will the Kerala Tiger have to choose between the CPI(M) and the Congress for survival?

Will the Kerala Tiger have to choose between the CPI(M) and the Congress for survival?

10 November 27, 2012 in Current Affairs

Tigers in Kerala may have no future. They are being threatened and hunted in the wildlife areas of Wayanad. For the last three weeks, the Northern hilly district has witnessed a series of violent protests arising from the man–animal conflict in the wildlife zone. The Forest Department of Kerala has […]

Striking nightingales, milking hospitals

Striking nightingales, milking hospitals

2 November 16, 2012 in Current Affairs

Hospitals are the last place one would want to visit. Even so, hospitals are crowded with people. Whether it’s a five star corporate hospital or a dreadful government hospital, the crowd has quite a bit in common. They are tense, grim and regretful. I’ve never met a happy person at […]

Why politicians want their cronies in Information Commissions

Why politicians want their cronies in Information Commissions

4 October 14, 2012 in Current Affairs

It was not for babus or corrupt politicians that the Right to Information (RTI) Act was passed in 2005. When the act came into existence, the common man found it a very powerful tool to expose corruption in the government and soon, many poor people used RTI applications to trap […]

Empowering women or fighting for political cheese?

Empowering women or fighting for political cheese?

3 October 6, 2012 in Current Affairs

It was in 2004 I met Tessy, a housewife from Kodakara in the Thrissur district of Kerala. She was a post graduate, but unemployed. She was the chairperson of the community development society in her local area. She impressed with her leadership qualities and great understanding of political developments in […]

Comrades, why did you kill him?

Comrades, why did you kill him?

6 September 28, 2012 in Current Affairs

His friends and comrades called him TPC. He was simple and affectionate. People loved him for his fine qualities. He was a caring husband to his wife, loving father to his son and most devoted son to his ailing mother. He led a simple life throughout his life. He never […]

“We have a story to tell Sir, do you have time to listen?”

“We have a story to tell Sir, do you have time to listen?”

19 September 20, 2012 in Current Affairs

Every time I step into Idinthakarai, I feel sad. Nothing has changed since I set foot in the Lourde Matha church last year. The poor villagers are protesting against the proposed nuclear power plant in Koodankulam. Their women are not cooking, their men are not going into the sea to […]

Emerging Kerala or submerging Kerala?

Emerging Kerala or submerging Kerala?

6 September 11, 2012 in Current Affairs

An intriguing story of how Kerala was created, sprung to mind when the state government recently announced its much hyped global investor summit, Emerging Kerala, meant to attract investments. There is a myth about how Kerala, a narrow strip of land on the southern coast covering 38,863 sq. kilometers, was […]