India: A dream coming true

More than fifty people, among them fellow Jesuits, well-wishers, associates and local village heads, attended the ?Bhoomi Pujan?, the ground-breaking function of the new social centre Bagaicha in Ranchi, Jarkhand State. Performed by three Pahans, traditional priests, this was an important moment. ?The presence of the three traditional priests?, notes Stan Lourdouswamy SJ, the coordinator of the centre, ?was very significant?. Bagaicha, a joint effort of the five Jesuit Provinces of Jarkhand and Madhya Pradesh, is part of their commitment to the cause of the Adivasi/Moolvasi tribal people. For the last 3 years the centre has been functioning from a rented flat. In line with the social action priorities of South Asia, it has been involved in human rights issues, mobilisation of tribals for issue-based struggles, public interest litigation, study and dissemination of information. To fulfil the broader objectives of Bagaicha, a separate building was needed, and once the construction is completed, there will be a lot of scope for greater intervention. Bagaicha will strive to spell out the basic thrust of the different People?s Movements and Struggles in Jharkhand and accompany them in their journey. It will serve, among other things, as a place with basic facilities for activists, and as a place for consultation on legal matters with committed lawyers and professionals. Responding to an invitation from Fr Joe Xavier SJ, Social Action Secretary of South Asia, the Social Justice Secretariat would like to join ?Bagaicha? in spirit and prayer that the new venture may be blessed by God to serve His people. Fr Stan Swamy, rch_bagaicha@sancharnet.in , Coordinator, Bagaicha. Govinda Tower III-L, Gharana Palace, Purulia Road, Ranchi ? 834 001, Jharkhand. Phone: 0651- 253 2412