India - Two Martyrs Remembered
The fifteenth Shahdat Diwas (Martyrs day-24 Oct. 1997) of A.T. Thomas SJ (HAZ), who valiantly fought for the dignity and rights of dalits (Bhuinyas, Ravidas, Ganjhus) and adivasis in Jharkhand and faced threats and opposition from the upper castes, was held on 18 October at Babupara, Jharkhand. And the first Martyrs day of Sr. Valsa John (Martyred on 15 Nov. 2011), who began the resistance movement against the coal mining and displacement of Santal adivasis in Pakur district-Jharkhand, was held on 15th November 2012. On both these days, thousands of dalits and adivasis in their respective places gathered to pay their respect and to renew their commitment to fight for their dignity and rights against every form of injustices, oppression and corruption of the upper castes and corporate sectors. Read more...