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P Sainath slams Centre for silence on Fr Stan’s death

Hyderabad, July 12 (UNI): Ramon Magsaysay Awardee P Sainath has said not a single voice came out from the ruling party at the Centre and they showed the callousness with regard to the death of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy who died on July 5 in the middle of his fight for bail on health grounds.

Delivering his lecture on the 11th day of the month-long AIBEA National Webinars to commemorate the 52nd anniversary of Bank Nationalisation on theme ‘Vibrant Banking for Vibrant India’ and focus ‘people’s money for people’s Welfare’, on Sunday evening, the Founder Editor of the People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI) said it is meant to be a warning to all others, particularly to those who go against the policies of the government.

Sainath spoke about the State we are in politically, legally, economically and culturally and to look at some of the options before us as middle-class citizens.

He said the print media wrote a few editorials about the death of Father Stan Swamy and they did not speak about the laws that incarcerate any one, who dissents the policies of the powers that be, without assigning any reason.

Even after death of Father Stan Swamy, there is no public outrage and hundreds are languishing in jails without any grave charges or chargesheets, Sainath said.

For the past three decades, since neo-liberalism came to take over the country’s economy, the laws of the country started against farmers, peasants, common man, who dissent, he said.

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