Stan Swamy: A guiding figure for the Adivasis of Jharkhand

This conversation was recorded at his office in Bagaicha, Ranchi in August 2017

Remembering Father Stan Swamy on his second death anniversary. This conversation was recorded about three years back at the Ranchi office of Father Stan Swamy when I visited Jharkhand. Hailing from Trichy district in Tamilnadu, Father worked tirelessly for the Adivasis in different parts of the country. He was also associated with Indian Social Institute, Banglore but his love was Jharkhand where he spent his entire life since the 1990s.

A soft spoken, gentle and completely dedicated man, Father Stan Swamy was a guiding figure for the Adivasis of Jharkhand. The conversation happened at the time of the previous government and he had no cases against him though he said that he would face it. A dedicated soldier to democratic spirit of the country. The interview was conducted at a time when Adivasis were disturbed about the changes in two important land laws of Jharkhand and finally the governor refused to give it her consent.

People like Father Stan Swamy who have dedicated their lives for the uplift of the Dalits and Adivasis selflessly deserve better treatment from the state.

This conversation was recorded at his office in Bagaicha, Ranchi in August 2017.

Watch Remembering Father Stan Swamy video.

Courtesy: Lokayat

Vidya Bhushan Rawat

The author is an activist and is currently working on Impact of Ganga and its tributaries in the Himalayas and the plains of India

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