‘We are ruled by fiends. They have put a curse upon this land’: Arundhati Roy on Stan Swamy’s death – By Arundhati Roy
The excruciating, slow-motion, custodial murder of 84-year-old Father Stan Swamy, a Jesuit priest who spent decades of his life in the service of India’s dispossessed, took place in the show window of our democracy.
Our judiciary, police, intelligence services, and prison system are responsible. Our mainstream media too. All of them were aware of the case, and of his failing health. And yet he continued to be ground down….
The UAPA is not being misused. It has been drafted for exactly this. The slow murder of Father Stan Swamy is a microcosm of the not so slow murder of everything that allows us to call ourself a democracy. We are ruled by fiends. They have put a curse upon this land.