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On Gauri Lankesh's murder

Monday, 11 September 2017 12:05
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Dear Madam,

Hats off to you for your editorial, "She's speaking louder" (NP, 9 September 2017). Gauri Lankesh's murder is another attempt to kill Indian democracy, the spirit of our Constitution, the voice of the champions of the downtrodden and above all the evolutionary progress of humankind. After Narendra Davolkar, Govind Pansare and Malleshappa Kalburgi, Gouri Lankesh had to give her life. 

What would have happened to our great men had they lived today? Raja Rammohan Roy waged a war against dogmatic forces to stop killing widows in the name of Sati. Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar did the same to give widows the right to remarriage. On the other hand, Sri Ramkrishna himself practiced Islam and Christianity to live his words - 'many opinions, many paths'. Rabindranath Tagore condemned tyrannical social restrictions on intermarriage and described such prejudices as a gigantic obstacle to realizing our national unity. Swami Vivekananda worshipped and touched the feet of a four-year-old, poor, Kashmiri, Muslim girl to worship her as Goddess Uma. Sri Aurobindo introduced a Christian French lady, Mirra Alfassa, as the Divine Mother. 

It is a pity that we could not save the life of Mahatma Gandhi in independent India whereas those great men including Gandhi survived in British India in spite of their sweeping reforms and egalitarian ideology. Must not we make ourselves independent enough to live great ideas and to progress with the evolution of humankind?

Sujit De, Kolkata

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