A Jew’s death wakes up Kochi’s history
The passing away of Sarah Cohen, 96, marks the end of a chapter in Kochi’s 2,000-year-old tale of multiculturalism
Cohen’s demise leaves behind many questions like how does one explain Kochi’s tolerance and multiculturalism, and what can modern India glean from it?
The locals as well as the tourists usually stop for a moment as they pass by a small house couched next to the entrance to a cluster of lanes called Jew Town, in Mattancherry, in Kerala’s coastal town of Kochi. For the tourists, the house can immediately pique curiosity—with its gates neatly decorated with the Jewish star of David, its bars painted white and blue like the Israeli flag, and Hebrew lettering adorned across the entire inner wall.