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An Excerpt from the phone call of Stan Swamy from Prison / Stand With Stan – A Musical Video

An Excerpt from the phone call of Stan Swamy from Prison / Stand With Stan – A Musical Video

An Excerpt from the phone call of Stan Swamy from the Prison

31/10/2020

Phone Message by Stan Swamy

Dear Friends,
Greetings from Taloja prison, Mumbai. I hope you are all keeping fine.
I want to share with you that I am keeping good health, despite some ailments.
A few fellow prisoners are very helpful to me. Considering my age and inability to adopt to prison conditions, I am given an assistant to help me to move around. I have been given a private cell with commode facility and simple special diet.
I have access to some journals and magazines.
I spend my time in reading, praying and interacting with fellow prisoners.
I have asked for some warm clothes as it is cold here. I hope the prison authorities will permit me to have them to protect me.
I am languishing in prison for some alleged offences, which I have not committed.
If this is God’s will, so be it.
I hope truth will win and I will be released soon on bail.
I received your greetings and prayers through one of my Jesuit colleagues, whom I called over phone on 25 October, Sunday morning.
I am allowed to make phone calls once in 15 days.
Continue to remember me and all my friends here in the prison.

Fr. Stan Swamy


Stand With Stan – A Musical Video

31/10/2020

By Kerala Jesuits, Jesuits Collaborators


en (subtitles) | 8:53min | 2020

JESUIT COMMUNICATIONS PRESENT
For the immediate release of Fr. Stan Lourde Swamy
SJ Music & Singing: Joy Thankey
Orchestration: Pious Alappuzha
Mixing: Jinto John (Geetham Studio, Kochi) Chorus – Jacob Alwin, Sophy, Aleena
Video editing: Akhil Anto
Lyrics: Fr. Paul Manayampilly, Vicar, Infant Jesus Church, Kidangoor
Special Thanks to Jesuits, Collaborators, and People of Goodwill
#FreeStan #StandwithStan #freestanswamy #BhimaKoregaon
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Reading Anand Teltumbde in the wake of Hathras

Reading Anand Teltumbde in the wake of Hathras

Scroll.in / by Rahul Govind

In his books, the writer – now in jail – demonstrates how caste atrocities are the result of deep-rooted societal structures.
In grappling with the horrors of Hathras, the absence of Anand Teltumbde’s voice resounds. In the writings of Teltumbde, who is currently incarcerated in Taloja prison in the Bhima Koregaon case, the horrific singularity of caste atrocities are distilled as a precipitate of a long-enduring history and deep-rooted societal structures. Few public intellectuals in independent India have shown as much insight and courage in chronicling the cunning and cruelty of state and society.
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One of the Accused in the Bhima Koregaon case: A profile of Mahesh Raut

One of the Accused in the Bhima Koregaon case: A profile of Mahesh Raut

The Polis Project / by The Polis Project and maara

Mahesh Raut is a land rights activist working with Gram Sabhas in the mining areas of Gadhchiroli. He is a former Prime Minister Rural Development (PMRD) Fellow. As part of his work, he visited local villages and interacted with local communities. In addition to being one of the conveners of Visthapan Virodhi Jan Vilas Andolan, a national organization that fights the displacement of marginalized communities, Raut is also a member of Bharat Jan Andolan, a human rights NGO.
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Jyoti Jagtap – The Young Woman Who Would Not Cry

Jyoti Jagtap – The Young Woman Who Would Not Cry

Article 14 / by Jyoti Punwani

Jyoti Jagtap sang against Hindutva, casteism, inequality. In September, unafraid and resolute, she became the third member of a cultural troupe to be arrested in the Bhima-Koregaon case and its youngest accused. Like 15 others, she faces charges of sedition and waging war against the government of India.
“You can counsel the other inmates in jail. That way your time inside won’t be wasted.”
With these words, Rupali Jadhav bid farewell to her Kabir Kala Manch (KKM) colleague Jyoti Jagtap in the Pune office of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on 8 September 2020.
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Note on life and work of Fr. Stan Swamy & the case / His arrest is an insult to justice

Note on life and work of Fr. Stan Swamy & the case / His arrest is an insult to justice

Life and work of Fr. Stan Swamy and the Bhima Koregaon case

20/10/2020

Indian Cultural Forum / by Frazer Mascarenhas

Fr. Stan Swamy was arrested by the National Investigating Agency (NIA) on 8th October in Ranchi and he was sent to Taloja jail after being charged in a false and fabricated conspiracy case related to the Bhima Koregaon incident that took place on 1st January, 2018. Here is a brief note on the life and work of Fr. Stan Swamy and the Bhima Koregaon case.
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India’s arrest of an 83-year-old priest on terrorism charges is an insult to justice

18/10/2020

The Guardian / by Mari Marcel Thekaekara

Father Stan Swamy, who was helping indigenous people fight mining corporates, is far from a violent Maoist.
A frail, ailing 83-year-old Jesuit priest, Father Stan Swamy, has become the oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India. He is incarcerated in a Mumbai jail after his arrest last week.
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If teaching Marx and Ambedkar is a criminal activity: A profile of K. Satyanarayana

If teaching Marx and Ambedkar is a criminal activity: A profile of K. Satyanarayana


Solidarity poster Sep, 2020

The Polis Project / by The Polis Project and maraa

In collaboration with maraa, The Polis Project launched Profiles of Dissent – a new series centered on remarkable voices of dissent and courage in India and their personal and political histories, as a way to reclaim our public spaces. These are prominent writers, poets, activists, and human rights defenders who have been in prison, held under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The profile features K. Satyanarayana who has been implicated in the connection with Bhima Koregaon investigation in relation to his father-in-law Varavara Rao.
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Jailed activist Stan Swamy has spent half a century making Adivasi struggles his own

Jailed activist Stan Swamy has spent half a century making Adivasi struggles his own

Pic: National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO)

Jailed activist Stan Swamy has spent half a century making Adivasi struggles his own

15/10/2020

Scroll.in / by John Dayal

The Jesuit priest has sought to interpret his vocation and training in Ignatius Loyola’s philosophy in the service of the most deprived, the most threatened.
In one of those coincidences, 83-year-old Stan Swamy was arrested by India’s high-profile National Investigation Agency about the same time that another octogenarian, Francis, was declaring that all men and women in the world are brothers and sisters, with responsibility to each other and to the earth on which they all live, its resources, its environment, its climate.
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Stan Swamy: The oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India

13/10/2020

BBC News / by Soutik Biswas

On Thursday evening, detectives from India’s National Investigation Agency arrived in an SUV at a red and white building on the outskirts of Ranchi in India’s eastern state of Jharkhand.
There they picked up Father Stan Swamy, an ailing 83-year-old activist and Jesuit priest. They seized his mobile phone and asked him to pack a bag. They then drove him to the airport and boarded a flight to Mumbai, where Father Swamy was remanded to judicial custody until 23 October.
He is now the oldest person to be accused of terrorism in India.
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A new website launched by Friends of Sudha Bharadwaj

A new website launched by Friends of Sudha Bharadwaj

By Friends of Sudha Bharadwaj

Sudha Bharadwaj is a trade-unionist, activist and lawyer who has lived and worked in Chhattisgarh for over three decades. On the 28 th of August 2018, along with other lawyers, writers and activists, Sudha was arrested under wrongful charges in the Bhima Koregaon case and put in jail under the draconian UAPA law. Part of the vibrant labour movement that began in the iron ore mines of Dalli Rajhara as a young activist, Sudha was urged by workers to study law and fight for them in the courtroom.
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The battle to protect Adivasis’ right to the land: A profile of Father Stan Swamy

The battle to protect Adivasis’ right to the land: A profile of Father Stan Swamy


Pic: Ranchi Oct, 9

The Polis Project & maraa

Fr. Stan Swamy is an indigenous people’s rights defender. He is the founder of Vistapan Virodhi Janvikash Andolan (VVJA), an all India platform for different movements that are campaigning against human rights violations caused by the displacement of Adivasis, Dalits, and farmers from their lands.
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Held by NIA 83-yr-old priest worked for tribals, took on govt policies, and `even the Church´

Held by NIA 83-yr-old priest worked for tribals, took on govt policies, and `even the Church´


Ranchi, Oct 2020

The Indian Express / by Abhishek Angad

Swamy’s arrest has led to widespread protests in Jharkhand, where he has been based for over two decades. Various civil society groups and activists have criticised this arrest.
Two days before his arrest, Father Stan Swamy, 83, a Jharkhand-based Jesuit priest, human rights activist and writer who was arrested by NIA on Thursday in the Bhima Koregaon case, had in a video statement spoken about his work on displacement, land alienation, rights of gram sabhas and of Adivasis in jail, among other issues.
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