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