The Boatman is an independent, digital-native, not-for-profit publication on Kerala politics, economy, and society.

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Why and How

We wish to:

  • build expertise in society for informed politics and policymaking, and
  • improve the quality of public debate.

We hope to achieve that by

  • promoting the study of Kerala,
  • widening the reach of scholarship on Kerala; and
  • using cutting-edge Web journalism tools.


Boatman was started by Ashok R. Chandran in April 2016.

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