Kurian John Melamparambil'S Theory Of Social Responsibility



Free Gift of Nature

Whatever we enjoy in this wonderful world is a free gift from nature: be it the air we breathe, the water we drink or the land we cultivate/ hold. Some may argue that wealth is acquired with the talent one has. But in reality even the talents and capabilities are inherited and no one has any control over it. For example, consider children born in the same family. The character, behavior, aptitude etc are different among the children from the same parents.

Hence, we must also be grateful and bear in mind that whatever we earn or accumulate on this beautiful earth is nothing but a free gift of nature or God - Almighty.


Our existence itself is dependent on others. On earth, no one is given everything but talents/ resources in varying proportion. For a smooth and peaceful co-existence, one has to depend on others.

For example, for bringing out a film song, a team of people with different talents will be involved- lyricist, music composer, singers, instrumentalists, music director etc. All involved shares their resources/ talents to bring out a single song.

For peace and harmony in the society, Joy of Sharing should be propagated. The wealth/ resources one accumulates should be shared with the less fortunate.


Almost all are doing business with others money i.e. money from the public - either from bank or from shareholders depending upon the nature of the business. 'Larger the business, higher is the dependency on public fund'. Therefore, an industrialist or a businessman is not only an organizer cum custodian of the business but also the trustee of public money. Therefore, the public has the right and he has the obligation to share the profit (depending upon the capacity of the business) he makes to the needy i.e. "Social Responsibility is humanitarianism, not charity, but social, moral obligation of each and every individual and institution".

'Health' - the only basic need

Food, clothing and shelter are said to be the basic needs of a human being, but Kurian John Melamparambil differs on this concept. According to him, sound health to a person, both physical and mental is primarily required to make him self-dependent. Food, clothing and shelter will come only next. If a person is healthy, he/she will be able to work and satisfy his/her needs. If a society has healthy people, there will be self dependency, and consequently there will also be less number of social problems/evils. So providing health to a person is of primary importance for a better civilized society. Thus "the healthier the society, the higher will be the self dependency, lesser will be the social problems/evils/crime, the richer in peace, prosperity and civilization".

In a nutshell, "The Income one makes either from business, from employment or from any other source, is to be shared with the sick and the poor, to make them self dependant on health grounds to the maximum extent possible. Hence, Selfless Service to Humanity is the best work of life for a better world order and for a peaceful co-existence".

Kurian John Melamparambil practices this theory by helping the poor and need patients in their treatment to make them self dependent to the maximum extent possible through Melam Foundation.

Melam Foundation has already provided treatment to more than One Lakh Fifty Four Thousand poor patients through a strong network of 1025 hospitals in India. All this is done through self generated funds from his business.