Fr. Stan Swamy
82-year-old Stan Swamy, suspect in Bhima Koregaon case, ‘appeals to nation’s conscience’
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 resisting displacement of adivasi people, dalits, and farmers from their lands. The organisation has supported the vulnerable communities in securing their land rights and proposing sustainable development models instead. In the past, he has expressed dissent with several policies and laws enacted by the government relating to adivasi people and their lands. He has questioned their validity and legality in the light of the Indian Constitution.