Joseph Pulikunnel, a veteran Christian social reformer and a former faculty in economics and former member of the Kerala University Senate passed away. He was 85. The last rites took place at the houses premises at Bharananganam. He was the director of the Indian Institute of Christian Studies in Kottayam. He was the author of several books and the organising editor of the Malayalam Bible Translation Project. He has published the most authentic translation of the Bible in Malayalam.
Since 1976 he had been pursuing his interests in social work and founded several social service organizations including the Good Samaritan Project India; the Word and Deed Hospital and Palliative Cancer Care Centre, and a Juvenile Diabetic Centre. He is best known for his independent and scholarly views on the state of the established church in India.