A Catholic Saint and His Dockside Bullies

The dignity and defiance of Father Stan Swamy.

Excerpt of an exchange between Sir Thomas More and Thomas Cromwell in Robert Bolt’s play, A Man for All Seasons:

“You threaten like a dockside bully.”

“How should I threaten?”

“Like a Minister of State, with justice.”

“Oh, justice is what you are threatened with.”

“Then I am not threatened.”

Father Stan Swamy, S. J., died unthreatened.

S. Subramanian is an economist, independent researcher, former National Fellow of the Indian Council of Social Science Research, and a retired Professor of the Madras Institute of Development Studies.