RESPECTFUL HOMAGE TO THE MAJARASHTRIAN WARRIOR OF RATIONALISM
OUR GRIEF AND SHOCK AT THE BRUTAL ASSASSINATION
Red Salute to the Renowned Rationalist, Dr.NARENDRA DABHOLKAR
We are extremely sorry to record the demise
of the social worker in the hands of the
meanest of creatures who have obviously lost all the intellectual battles but who rely on only this stone age device to stifle the voice of dissent. We strongly condemn this dastardly act of the cowards and request the persons concerned to book the culprits at once and punish them severely.
Mr. Dr.Dabholkar was spearheading a massive movement in the State of Maharashtra against godmen and miracle workers who were exploiting the gullible masses with fake mystical powers. He was leading a powerful campaign against superstitious practices. He called for the devotees of Vinayaka not to throw the idols of the god into ponds, rivers, and seas thereby polluting water. In villages of Maharashtra, the Dalits were not allowed to draw water from the wells. He fought for digging wells common to all in the villages. He was instrumental in introducing a Bill in the State Assembly to abolish superstitious practices in the State. For 13 years it was allowed to rot in the lumber room. Such activities must have surely angered the right wing activists.
A devious tradition had long been initiated by the racial and religious fanatics in India to contest opposition by ruthless killing of the opponents. The same conspiracy of those fanatics has had a hand in it. The Chief Minister himself has said that the killers of Gandhi and Dabholkar are one and the same which has ironically elevated Dabholkar to the status of Gandhi! This gruesome murder seems to have woken up the politicians from their political slumber perhaps with the loud noise of elections in the offing. Atleast posthumously, the Maharashtra State Government has approved the Anti-superstition Ordinance. We welcome it and appreciate the State Government!
We earnestly appeal to the Government of Maharashtra to name this Ordinance after the name of this great warrior of rationalism and social emancipation. We make this appeal in the interests of all those who are involved in social service and social reformation.
Dr.Dabholkar was one of the rare individuals who did subject godmen, cults and miracle-makers and superstitions to unrelenting scrutiny.
Red Salute to the Renowned Rationalist !
President, Dravidar Kazhagam