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24 Sep, 2015

India’s Freedom of Speech Under Siege – TOI Blogs

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.

Read the rest: Protect free speech: Police must join the dots on rationalist murders even if killers hail from ‘Hindu’ organisations – TOI Blogs