Articles by: Cedric Prakash

Fr. Stan Swamy: his legacy lives forever!

Fr. Stan Swamy: his legacy lives forever!

A year ago, on 5 July 2021, when Father Stan Swamy left us, the world mourned the death of a great human being who epitomised compassion, courage, collaboration and commitment! ‘Stan’, as he was lovingly called by those close to him, died whilst he was still incarcerated. From the time he was illegally arrested on 8 October 2020, he languished[Read More…]

by 03/07/2022 0 comments Life/Philosophy
International Day for Countering Hate Speech

International Day for Countering Hate Speech

On all counts, the decision by the United Nations General Assembly to declare 18 June as the International Day for Countering Hate Speech (beginning this year 2022) is significant. It comes at a special moment of world history, when hate speech in several parts of the globe seem to have become the order of the day- leading to xenophobia, jingoism,[Read More…]

by 18/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Environment Matters: ‘Only One Earth!’

Environment Matters: ‘Only One Earth!’

Come 5 June, the world will once again be ‘celebrating’ ‘World Environment Day’! There will be the usual plethora of events, plenty of fanfare and with many competing for ‘photo-ops’ to show how much they are doing for the environment! There will be the ‘mad rush’ to plant saplings, for politicians to take to the broom, on streets which have[Read More…]

by 03/06/2022 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

 ‘Sedition’ Must Go!

The ‘sedition’ law in India is repressive and regressive, archaic and obsolete, draconian in nature and blatantly violative of the freedoms guaranteed to every citizen of the country in the Constitution. It specifically goes against Articles 19 1 (A), 14 and 21 of the Constitution dealing with the Right to Equality, Freedom of Speech and Expression and Protection of Life[Read More…]

by 17/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Birthday Greetings to stanswamy@heaven.home

Birthday Greetings to stanswamy@heaven.home

Dear Stan, It is your earthly birthday! You would have certainly felt embarrassed and even winced at the thought of anyone wishing you, leave alone celebrating your birthday today! In a style which has characterised you all your life here on earth – you would have shunned and even run away from the very idea of anyone attempting to organise[Read More…]

by 26/04/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Towards Human Fraternity

Towards Human Fraternity

On all counts 4 February 2019 was a memorable day for the world! On that day, Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyib, met in Abu Dhabi, and together signed the historic and pathbreaking document entitled ‘Human fraternity for world peace and living together’. The document is one of the most comprehensive ones written in recent times.[Read More…]

by 04/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
‘Abide With Me’ will Stay Forever!

‘Abide With Me’ will Stay Forever!

Outside the St. Michael’s Church in Mahim Mumbai is a powerful slogan. “God will always abide with me, even if I retreat!” In many ways this creative caption sums up the raging controversy on ‘Abide With Me’ that has been on prime-time news and on social media for a week now! A recent Government (Defence Ministry) communique finds no mention[Read More…]

by 29/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Hounding  Christians!

Hounding  Christians!

‘The Quint’ (3 January 2022) has an article ‘Events on Christ will end with “Jai Sri Ram”: Behind Church Attacks in Haryana’. The article speaks about the slew of anti- Christian attacks in Haryana during the Christmas Season. It details a Christmas Celebration of some followers of Jesus in Kurukshetra which was disrupted by the goons of the local Bajrang[Read More…]

by 04/01/2022 1 comment India
Persecution of Christians in India: The case of attacks on the Missionaries of Charity

Persecution of Christians in India: The case of attacks on the Missionaries of Charity

It has been happening with frightening regularity all over India and particularly, in states run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): the bashing of Christians! It is a well-orchestrated campaign to denigrate and demonise the Christians. Their design is devious: a method in their ‘madness’! The divisive agenda is clearly to polarise sections of the majority community against the Christians.[Read More…]

by 14/12/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Let us learn from our farmers!!

Let us learn from our farmers!!

Our farmers know the way, go the way and show the way! Thanks to their relentless struggle and their great sacrifices, for all of us – the three anti-farmer laws have finally been repealed. For more than a year now – with blood, sweat, toil and tears, their protest has continued unceasingly. In heat and cold, in the pouring rain[Read More…]

by 20/11/2021 1 comment India
Gifts are Parables!

Gifts are Parables!

Pope Francis is an excellent communicator! Like his Master Jesus, he also uses stories, real life examples, the burning context and even parables! Gifts are also parables. Jesus illustrates this so powerfully in the widow’s mite! The generosity to give of one’s all! Gifts, we know, speak volumes. We all experience this in our daily lives: the material cost of[Read More…]

by 06/11/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Give us Today our Daily Food

Give us Today our Daily Food

Come 16 October – and the world once again is together as one, to focus on the most basic need for a person’s survival: food!  The first ‘World Food Day’ was observed in 194, to mark the launch of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Ever since, the day is marked to highlight the need and[Read More…]

by 16/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
We Must Act NOW to Defend Democracy!

We Must Act NOW to Defend Democracy!

The institutional murder of 84-year-old Jesuit priest Fr Stan Swamy, who died on 5 July 2021 while still in judicial custody, has shaken the very foundations of democracy in India. The importance and the urgency to defend democracy and all that is precious in the Constitution of India against repressive and anti-people laws, is perhaps felt today, as never before.[Read More…]

by 13/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Thank you, dear Fr. Stan, you will live forever!

Dear Fr. Stan Swamy, On 5 July, you completed your pilgrimage here on earth! Thousands feel your loss everywhere; a light has gone out of our lives and there is darkness everywhere! There is spontaneous outrage because of what led to your death; most regard it as institutionalised murder! I am sure that you will not want us to mourn[Read More…]

by 14/07/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Together A Cry For Justice

Together A Cry For Justice

Aisha Sultana, a native of Lakshadweep’s Chetlat island, is today one of India’s visible faces in the cry for justice! She is a well-known actor and director and an activist. Lakshadweep, a Union Territory, is an archipelago of 36 islands in the Arabian Sea: a paradise with pristine beauty. Its 70,000-strong population is predominantly Muslim (with smaller percentages of Hindus[Read More…]

by 21/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
WANTED: Immediate Justice in the Bhima-Koregaon Conspiracy

WANTED: Immediate Justice in the Bhima-Koregaon Conspiracy

It was the virtual ‘midnight knock’! The irony was that the knock took place in broad daylight, and expectedly in a blatantly unjust, uncivilised and unconstitutional manner. On 6 June 2018, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen and Rona Wilson were arrested from their residences in various parts of the country. The arrests of others then continued in[Read More…]

by 13/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
We Need  To Breathe!

We Need  To Breathe!

It was a scene which will forever be etched in the memory of millions the world over: on May 25 2020, on a street in Minneapolis, US-  a white police officer Derek Chauvin, had his  knee pressed down on the neck of a black American  George Floyd. This continued for more than nine minutes. An  excruciating bystander video(which immediately went[Read More…]

by 09/05/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Birthday Greetings, Dear Fr. Stan!

Birthday Greetings, Dear Fr. Stan!

  Dear Stan, It is rather unusual and certainly not normal to wish someone who is in prison “A Happy Birthday!” One’s birthday cannot be ‘happy’ in prison; however, in wishing you – we celebrate your life: your mission and your message and above all, those whom you have so closely identified with, all these years so “Birthday Greetings to[Read More…]

by 25/04/2021 1 comment Human Rights
Fr Stan Swamy and the Ides of March

Fr Stan Swamy and the Ides of March

Sometime, just before Monday 22 March (the day the order in response to his bail application was scheduled to be pronounced), Fr. Stan Swamy sent a communication from the confines of the Taloja Prison where he has been incarcerated for near six months now. In that communication he said, “So, we await ‘the ides of March’” From the tone of[Read More…]

by 30/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Oscar Romero’s Prophetic Courage Needed

Oscar Romero’s Prophetic Courage Needed

Even a cursory glance at the realities which grip India today, will make one realise how grim the situation is. On every global parameter, from the happiness index to the freedom one; from democracy to economic indicators, the country has plummeted miserably and as never before. Untruth and injustice, divisiveness and discrimination, exploitation and exclusion have become the ‘new normal’![Read More…]

by 25/03/2021 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Wake Up Now To Sanjiv Bhatt!

Wake Up Now To Sanjiv Bhatt!

The controversial and self-proclaimed ‘godman’ Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan is currently serving a life-term in at the Sunaria jail in Rohtak after being convicted in two cases of rape and the murder of a journalist. Recently, he applied for parole asking for 42 days of parole to “look after his fields in Sirsa district”. The Administration and the BJP[Read More…]

by 02/07/2019 2 comments India