India at 75: Urgent Need to Defend Democracy

India at 75: Urgent Need to Defend Democracy

By Cedric Prakash SJ The institutional murder of 84-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy,who died on 5 July 2021 while still in judicial custody, has shaken the very foundations of democracy in India. The need and the urgency to defend democracy and all that is precious in the Constitution of India against repressive and anti-people […]

Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Dear Fr. Stan Swamy, On 5 July, you completed your pilgrimage here on earth! Thousands feel your loss everywhere; a light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere! There is spontaneous outrage because of what led to your death; most regard it as institutionalised murder! I am sure that you will […]

‘Awesome Power’ vs the Tengdro Monks

‘Awesome Power’ vs the Tengdro Monks

A lost cellphone led to a raid on a monastery, multiple arrests,a suicide and a secret trial of four Buddhist monks in 2020, says a recently released Human Watch Report. Chinese authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have prosecuted four monks who received up to 20 years in prison for dubious offenses, says Human […]

‘Martyr of the Marginalized’

‘Martyr of the Marginalized’

Nishant Mishra attended an online memorial for Father Stanislaus Lourduswamy. A report: “A caged bird can still sing” – with this message began the tribute ceremony to the martyr of the marginalized, Fr Stan Swamy. He had been a voice for the voiceless, and throughout his life had worked incessantly towards liberating the tribals. Being […]

Stan will not disappear into the Dark Night

Stan will not disappear into the Dark Night

Social activists and human rights defenders have called for a nationwide ” Dark Resistance” campaign on Thursday, July 8,  when lights will be switched off at 8 PM  for a 5 minute period. The campaign will draw attention to the fate of thousands of undertrials, who like Father Stan languish in jails without bail or […]

‘Not a Martyr in the Ordinary Sense’

‘Not a Martyr in the Ordinary Sense’

Stanislaus Lourduswamy, a Jesuit priest and noted tribal rights activist, died July 5, 2020, probably of Covid-related complications, in Bandra’s Holy Family Hospital. He was an undertrial prisoner in Taloja Jail after his arrest in October last year under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 as amended most recently in 2019. His death and […]

Stan Swamy to stay in hospital: Court

Stan Swamy to stay in hospital: Court

The Bombay high court has ordered the extension of Fr Stan Swami’s stay in Holy Family Hospital, Bandra, and has shifted the hearing of his appeal against the rejection of his interim emergency bail till July 3rd. The Bombay High Court has extended the private hospital stay of 84 year old Jesuit priest and activist […]

Father Stan tests Covid-19 positive

Father Stan tests Covid-19 positive

The Catholic community at large, who are concerned about the health and welfare of 84 year old Jesuit who has been a champion for the rights of tribal people – [still an ‘under-trail’ in prison on what many observers feel are trumped up charges]- are saddened at the news. Jesuit priest Stan Swamy, the 84 […]

Send Stan to Holy Family Hospital: High Court

Send Stan to Holy Family Hospital: High Court

Jesuit father Stan is to be moved to Catholic-run Hospital for two weeks. The Bombay High Court on Friday (May 28) has  directed the Maharashtra government to transfer the under-trial  Jesuit Father Stan Swamy, 84, to the Holy Family Hospital from Taloja Central Jail and treat him. Jesuit father Cedric Prakash in a message said, […]