Swami and Friends

Rajam’s Father Character Analysis

Rajam’s father is the Police Superintendent and acts as a powerful figure in the community. Swami and Mani are initially very excited to be associated with the Police Superintendent through their new friend Rajam, and Swami is impressed with the luxury of his household. Later, Rajam’s father becomes a symbol of political conflict when Swami witnesses him ordering the police force to violently break up the crowd of protesters. However, Rajam’s father remains kind in person to Rajam and his friends, and plays an important role in rescuing Swami at the novel’s conclusion.

Rajam’s Father Quotes in Swami and Friends

The Swami and Friends quotes below are all either spoken by Rajam’s Father or refer to Rajam’s Father. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the University of Chicago Press edition of Swami and Friends published in 1980.
Chapter 3 Quotes

‘His father is the Police Superintendent. He is the master of every policeman here.’ Granny was impressed. She said that it must be a tremendous office indeed. She then recounted the day when her husband, Swaminathan’s grandfather, was a powerful submagistrate, in which office he made the police force tremble before him, and the fiercest dacoits of the place flee. Swaminathan waited impatiently for her to finish the story.

Page Number: 20
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Chapter 12 Quotes

When he turned his head Swaminathan saw to his horror that it was Rajam’s father! Swaminathan could not help feeling sorry that it should be Rajam’s father. Rajam’s father! Rajam’s father to be at the head of those traitors!

The Deputy Superintendent of Police fixed his eyes on his wrist-watch and said, ‘I declare this assembly unlawful. I give it five minutes to disperse.’ At the end of five minutes he looked up and uttered in a hollow voice the word, ‘Charge.’

Related Characters: Rajam’s Father (speaker), Swami
Page Number: 101-102
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Rajam’s Father Character Timeline in Swami and Friends

The timeline below shows where the character Rajam’s Father appears in Swami and Friends. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2 
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...the class enough to be a rival to the powerful Mani. Swami points out that Rajam’s father is the Police Superintendant, but Mani says that he doesn’t care and hints that he... (full context)
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Education and Oppression Theme Icon
...fight at the river the following evening. Mani asks Rajam to promise not to tell Rajam’s father about the fight and Rajam agrees. (full context)
Chapter 3
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...his new friend Rajam and how wonderful he is, and he expresses particular excitement that Rajam’s father is the Police Superintendent. Swami goes on to list all of Rajam’s good qualities, often... (full context)
Chapter 5
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...can use his room to host Rajam, and his father agrees when he hears that Rajam’s father is the Police Superintendent. (full context)
Chapter 12
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The Fluidity of Identity Theme Icon
...the center of town, where a large group of police is waiting. Swami realizes that Rajam’s father is leading these menacing men, a fact which horrifies him. Swami watches as Rajam’s father... (full context)
The Political and the Personal Under British Colonial Rule Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...secret from his father, but upon arriving home his father immediately begins talking about how Rajam’s father is “a butcher,” which Swami finds himself agreeing with as he remembers his brutal behavior.... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...the meantime, they make bats from a wooden box and get used tennis balls from Rajam’s father ’s club and begin practicing without their complete supplies. The Pea joins their team, along... (full context)
Chapter 18
The Fluidity of Identity Theme Icon
Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...him and treated him well. He is also touched at the memory of how kind Rajam’s father and his own father were, and he remembers with happiness how everyone laughed when he... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Innocence, Family, and Growing Up Theme Icon
...train arrives and Rajam’s mother gets in as the policemen say goodbye to Rajam and Rajam’s father . Swami finds Mani and asks if Rajam will speak to him, and Mani says... (full context)