Narendra Dabholkar

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#IndiaUnites against hate speech, bigotry, mob violence and lynchings

Today, 70 years after independence, we are witnessing a rise in hatred and prejudices based on religion, caste, gender, sexuality, region and class. Society is becoming increasingly intolerant and violent. Communal violence, caste based violence and hate crimes are on the upsurge. As citizens we can no longer be silent spectators to this growing ill …

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Scenes from protests nationwide against Gauri Lankesh’s murder

[events_map country=”IN” width=”100%” height=”500″ scope=”2017-09-06″] Nationwide protests The killing of Gauri Lankesh brought about a wave of anger around the country as journalists and other citizens alike spontaneously declared protests and condelences events in over 75 locations in the country Dozens of organizations, political parties and citizen groups have condemned the killing Protest at Press …

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Statewide protests in Maharashtra and #JawabDo campaign on 4th anniversary of murder of Dabholkar’s murder

  #JawabDo campaign on Social Media Lyrics of “Jawab Do” जवाब दो (थीम सॉंग) जवाब दो… जवाब दो… जवाब दो… जवाब दो, जवाब दो, अब हमें जवाब दो बित गये हैं चार साल, क्या किया, हिसाब दो ? जवाब दो… जवाब दो… जवाब दो… परंपरा के नाम पर… क्यों उन्मादों की धूल हैं ? परंपरा …

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar - rationalist, humanist

Narendra Dabholkar’s speech on tradition and superstition – English translation Part 2

  Narendra Dabholkar has become an icon of rationalist thought in India, but his works being mostly in Marathi are understood by few non-Maharashtrians for either endorsement or criticism. I am attempting to translate some of his speeches, so that his thoughts may reach more people and inform opinions. This is part 2 of the …

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Dr. Narendra Dabholkar - rationalist, humanist

Narendra Dabholkar’s speech on tradition and superstition – English translation Part 1

Narendra Dabholkar was a notable rationalist from Maharashtra who quit a flourishing medical practice to devote time to social reform and had founded the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti to combat superstitious beliefs among people. He was brutally murdered after receiving threats from religious fanatics for many years. Extremists condemn him for opposing Hinduism. Liberals endorse …

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Keeping count of dissenting voices

Writers Speak Up against the Unmaking of India “A distinguished Kannada writer and Sahitya Akademi Award winner, M.M. Kalburgi, and two Maharashtrians, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare, both anti-superstition activists, have all been killed by gun-toting motor-cyclists. Other dissenters have been warned they are next in line. Most recently, a village blacksmith, Mohammed Akhlaq, was …

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Hatchet job on TM Krishna by Ajith Kumar AS

Open letter to Ajith Kumar AS over his letter about TM Krishna’s letter

Ajith Kumar AS, I read your letter on the Round Table India website that was addressed to “whomsoever it may concern” and being concerned, I choose to reply. I can act all intellectual and Brahmanical over this or I can simply lay it straight. Your letter was a hatchet job on TM Krishna over his …

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Bajrangdal co-convenor assumes responsibility for murders and issues threat

Bajrang Dal co-convenor hails anti-Hindu murder and threatens rationalist K S Bhagwan

As news of Dr. M M Kalburgi being shot dead by suspected #Hindutva activists hit Twitter, Bhuvith Shetty, co-convenor of #Bajrang Dal‘s Bantwal cell has claimed responsibility for anti-Hindu murders while issuing a threat to K S Bhagwan “you are next”. (Note: earlier version of this line made it appear as though *I* was saying U …

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