Remembering Narendra Dabholkar a year later

It was a sad time, one year ago, as a person of great courage and resolve was killed in cold blood.

One year later, Indian activist’s slaying still unsolved – LA Times.

Thousands of protesters poured into city streets across India on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of the unsolved killing of a social activist who had fought to ban black magic and other superstitious practices.

Supporters and fellow activists gathered at 7:55 a.m. in the western city of Pune, on the spot where 68-year-old Narendra Dabholkar was shot by unidentified assailants while taking his ritual morning walk. In Mumbai, India’s financial capital, demonstrators sang folk songs, chanted “We are all Dabholkars” and renewed criticism of authorities for failing to solve the crime.

Activist are concerned that those who challenge the powerful institutions, such as government or religion, are not protected and are at risk for harassment and even assassination. Most of the cases go unsolved, including Dabholkar’s which took place in daylight. Soon after, a person was arrested but this seemed to go nowhere. One news outlet reports that police used black magic to try and find the killer. Ironic, isn’t it?

Activists, artistes recall Dabholkar work, blame police for failure to nab killers | The Indian Express.

Narendra Dabholkar, his Sacrifice and Why Superstition Needs Government Control? » The Indian Republic.

November 1, 1945 -  August 20, 2013

November 1, 1945 – August 20, 2013

The state rushed through the Anti-superstition law after the murder. There is a small minority uprising against superstitious practices in India. It is greatly needed.

  1 comment for “Remembering Narendra Dabholkar a year later

  1. Angela
    August 21, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I for one won’t forget and will support the hard work done by the skeptical activists in areas where superstition is used to control others. The risks taken are ones that many of us who question claims will not have to directly face and I have the utmost respect for those who do. His name should never be forgotten and his murderers should be brought to justice.

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