Kumar Swamy is the South India Director of Dalit Freedom Network. He is based in Bangalore, Karnataka, and oversees more than 1,000 India workers based in the South Region, working for the betterment of the Dalit community. His main duties include leading all the DFN South India programs, including the Dalit Education Centers, the Good Shepherd Urban slum ministries, as well as work among the Muslims of South India and the women’s work called the Arpana Women’s Network. Kumar is involved in the Dalit empowerment movement across India .
Kumar is also the Karnataka State Convener of the All India Christian Council, as well as the State President of the Communal Harmony Committee. He also serves with the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dalit Freedom Network, USA.
Kumar holds a degree in Pyschology and has traveled extensively around the world to speak to audiences in universities, government bodies, churches, and professional organizations. In addition, he has been featured at summer music festivals, benefit concerts, and major missions conferences, especially in the United States.
Kumar is married to Jeeva who was born in Malaysia but grew up in India. At present, she is involved with DFN’s emerging work in anti-human trafficking among women and children. Kumar and Jeeva were married in December 1987. They have two children – son Abishek and daughter Arpana Ruth.