Dangerous times in India as another rationalist is killed

Scholar and academic, Malleshappa Madivalappa Kalburgi, has been assassinated in what appears to be retaliation against his outspoken views of Hinduism and his denouncing of superstition. He was 77. His murder is reminiscent of that of Narendra Dabholkar in August of 2013.


Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified men in the southern state of Karnataka, police have said.

Police said on Sunday that two men came to Kalburgi’s residence in the town of Dharwad, nearly 400km from IT hub of Bangalore, and shot him after he opened the door.

Source: Outspoken Indian scholar killed by gunmen – Al Jazeera English

Kalburgi had received threats previously. Religious extremists called for his arrest for allegedly offending religious (Hindu) sentiments. This article in time notes that Hindu nationalists were angered by his criticism of idol worship.

The murder of a Indian scholar and rationalist thinker has shocked India, and many believe it could have to do with Hindu caste politics, writes Soutik Biswas.

Source: Who killed Dr Malleshappa Kalburgi? – BBC News

His death was cheered by religious supporters who threatened more deaths.

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Shetty, after receiving flak from Twitterati where many believed that the Bajrang Dal was taking responsibility for the incident, deleted the tweet and disabled his twitter handle @GarudaPurana. Denying that his organisation any role in the murder, he said to The Hindustan Times, “I vented my anger spontaneously but that doesn’t mean I or people from my organisation have killed Kalburgi. “

  2 comments for “Dangerous times in India as another rationalist is killed

  1. GrahamH
    August 31, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    So Shitty hears about Kalburgi’s death, is driven to anger over it , vents that anger spontaneously an threatens death to another rationalist.

    Sorry for my ignorance, but why was Shitty ‘angry’ over Kalburgi?
    I reckon he was celebrating his bloodlust and he lies (like so many religious devotees), then rationality takes over.

    What a load os BS he is.
    Long live freedom of speech and religious freedom (freedom of religion means freedom from religion).

  2. Bill T.
    September 1, 2015 at 3:01 AM

    In the interest in not being banned from commenting on DN, I will leave it with expressing my extreme disgust.

    I can come up with no polite comments on these stories.

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