24 Sep, 2015
Seven months after CPI leader and social activist Govind Pansare was gunned down in Kolhapur Samir Gaekwad, a member of a fundamentalist organisation called Sanatan Sanstha, has been arrested in connection with the crime. According to the police, senior journalist Nikhil Wagle is also on the Sanstha’s hit list. This is a sobering reminder, if reminder were needed, that our constitutional right to freedom of speech is under siege. Early this month M M Kalburgi, a 77-year-old Kannada scholar and rationalist, was shot dead in Dharwad, Karnataka. Two years ago another rationalist, Narendra Dabholkar, met a similar fate in Pune.