The management of an autonomous private college in Karnataka postponed its decision to name one of its parks in honor of Jesuit priest and tribal rights activist Father Stan Swamy following opposition from right-wing Hindu forums who threatened to organize a demonstration calling Swamy ‘urban Naxal’. The college has now asked for time to make a decision on the matter.
The management of St Aloysius College in Mangaluru wanted to give the park the name of Father Swamy for his contributions to the tribals and the poor. Reverend Father Melwin Joseph Pinto, rector of St Aloysius institutions and vice-president of the Jesuit Educational Society of Mangalore, told The Indian Express that they put aside plans to name the park after Swamy. threats and would take a call after further discussions.
The coastal town of Mangaluru has been the scene of several community clashes in the past. Organizations like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Bajrang Dal and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) have been on the front lines against the college leadership. Speaking to the Indian Express, VHP leader Sharan Pumpwell said Stan Swamy was an “urban naxal” who had been arrested under the Illegal Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) and was facing to serious allegations, including terrorism and naxalism for his alleged role in Bhima. Korea’s violence.
“We are not against the name of the park, they can name it after Oscar Fernandes or George Fernandes or the founding fathers of St Aloysius College who made a huge contribution to education, but not after Stan Swamy. Although Swamy is dead, the charges against him have not been clarified, ”he added.
Denying the allegations, Father Pinto said he had personally worked with Swamy and contributed immensely to the uplifting of tribal populations across the country, especially in Jharkhand.
A source claimed that management had scheduled the appointment ceremony for Thursday but postponed it after police dealt with the president’s visit to the state. The discussion was private and they had postponed it to another date but had not abandoned the decision to name the park after Swamy. They have not escaped such opposition from right-wing parties, the source added.
On Saturday, however, Father Pinto said: “We will now discuss with members of the leadership to take a call. We’re not sure we will name the park after Swamy at this time. “