when it comes to making sacrifices be it tribal icon Birsa
Munda or Father Stan Swamy and they will be remembered for
their invaluable contribution to the society, Chief Minister
Hemant Soren said on Thursday.
Soren was paying tributes to Fr Stanislaus Lourdusamy, 84
or ''Stan Swamy'', a Jesuit priest, who spent long years working
among tribals in Jharkhand and died on July 5 in Mumbai,
hours before his appeal for bail in a case where he was
accused of being an ''urban naxal'' was to be heard.
Soren said the next generation will draw inspiration
from the life of Stan Swamy who always remained sensitive to
the cause of the Dalits, the deprived and the tribal society.
"Had a personal meeting with Father Stan Swamy. It was
not known then that he has been drawing an indelible mark in
his life time.... His life was not easy. And he was not an
ordinary person either.
"During his lifespan he showed way to the people and
impressions of work done by people of such stature never
fades," he said.
Soren was addressing a memorial meeting at Namkum to
pay respect to Swamy.
Soren said his government was committed to work for
the upliftment of the deprived and the tribals and urged
people to come forward to work in this direction in a
A large number of people were present on the occasion
including Arch Bishop Ranchi, Theodore Mascarenhas, Auxiliary
Bishop Telosfer Billung and representatives of other
The chief minister after the death of the priest had
in a tweet alleged that the Central Government should be held
accountable for the absolute apathy towards Stan Swamy.
"Shocked to learn about the demise of Father Stan
Swamy. He dedicated his life working for tribal rights. I had
strongly opposed his arrest & incarceration. The Union
government should be answerable for absolute apathy and non
provision of timely medical services, leading to his death,"
Soren had said.
Stan Swamy had worked for about three decades among
tribals in Jharkhand. PTI NAM