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Syrian Christians of Hyderabad

Author Name: P. K. Kurien | Format: Paperback | Genre : Religion & Spirituality | Other Details

Syrian Christians are perhaps the oldest Indian Christians as their  origin dates back to 52 A.D. when St. Thomas, a disciple of Christ, came to Kerala and established Christianity.

The arrival of Syrian Christians of different denominations from Kerala to Hyderabad in the 1930 and 1940s and their struggle to establish their own places of worship are described. The difficulties undergone by them in the process and their sacrifices for the sake of religious worship is described. Besides, their  traditional worship and religious practices are also described. Their traditions and customs are well highlighted.

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P. K. Kurien

The author P.K. Kurien is a senior journalist, having worked with various reputed English newspapers. He retired as Deputy Editor and News Editor of The Hindu in Hyderabad. Before that he had worked for The Tribune, Chandigarh, under the guidance of veteran Editor Prem Bhatia. He feels that working under an outstanding and quality-conscious editor like Mr Bhatia had helped him sharpen his skills of journalism and writing. During his 40-year journalistic career he was associated with several publications. For some time, he worked for Patriot, New Delhi, before joining The Tribune. He used to write features and articles on various subjects for several publications.

He shifted his place of work to Hyderabad from the North on an assignment in the Eenadu group of publications in 1983 as part of the launching team of a new English newspaper Newstime. After serving the paper for a few years he joined The Hindu. He served as a member of the Governing Council of then Andhra Pradesh Press Academy in 2004 for a term. He was nominated by then Chief Minister the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Garu.

Being a member of the Indian Orthodox Church, he has been very active in church affairs. He has been Secretary and Managing Committee member of the Hyderabad St. Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral for many years and member of the Bishop’s Diocesan Council of Bangalore diocese during the last five years. Thus, he has had a deep study on the life and struggle of the Syrian Christians in Hyderabad. He has firsthand information on them.

He had his college education in prestigious St. Berchman’s College, Changanacherry, Kerala. Immediately after that he had a brief stint in the Central Secretariat Service in New Delhi following his selection through a UPSC competitive examination.