News

Indian rationalist M M Kalburgi shot dead

Indian rationalist M M Kalburgi shot dead

Renowned Indian scholar and rationalist, M M Kalburgi, has been killed after being shot by unidentified men in the southern state of Karnataka.

According to this report, police said that two men came to Kalburgi’s residence in the town of Dharwad, nearly 400km from Bangalore, and shot him after he opened the door yesterday morning.

Kalburgi, a recipient of several literary awards, including the prestigious Sahitya Academy Award, was rushed to the district hospital by his family members but died on the way.

Dharwad City Police Commissioner Ravindra Prasad said that police was considering it as a case of murder and a “special squad” has been formed to work on the case.

He said the police did not suspect any particular group and that the investigation was under way with a “clean mind”.

Kalburgi, who was former vice chancellor of Kannada University in the southern town of Hampi, became mired in a controversy in June, 2014, for his remarks against “idol worship”, which is an important aspect of Hindu belief.

Far-right groups such as the Vishwa Hindu Parishat and Bajrang Dal had filed cases against him and also demanded his arrest for allegedly offending religious sentiments.

Kalburgi had recently asked the police to withdraw armed guards, who were deployed at his house after he received a number of threats over his remarks.

His murder comes months after a social activist Govind Pansare was killed while on a morning walk in the city of Kolhapur in the western Maharashtra state.

The killing is a reminiscent of the murder of rationalist and author Narendra Dabholkar in the western city of Pune in 2013.

13 responses to “Indian rationalist M M Kalburgi shot dead”

  1. Broga says:

    The usual response and the only one available to them. They couldn’t debate with him. They would be demolished by his reason. So what is left? Murder.

  2. asquith says:

    This indicates a problem that’s quite severe, with Hindu and Sikh and even Buddhist militants (yes, really) in Asia. The prime minister of India is himself godphuqt in that particular way and, while he tries to reconcile himself to reality, his followers will likely wink at things like this.

    Just because these people are opposed to the religion of peace, and I agree on that part, doesn’t mean they aren’t doing untold harm with their own brand of jihad.

  3. L.Long says:

    Religion…believe or a delusional idiot will shoot you, cut off your head, or something.

  4. Broga says:

    @L.Long: It seems that all the delusional idiots require is that you say you believe. Go through the motions, don’t speak honestly and that will do. The other idiocy is their crazy belief that their omnipotent God, creature and ruler of billions of galaxies, needs the help of these unbalanced fanatics.

  5. Trevor Blake says:

    My thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Kalburgi. May his good work inspire others. May his murderers be soon caught, given a fair trial and receive the justice they have earned.

  6. Cali Ron says:

    How many must die in the name of god, any god, before man throws off the shackles of religious indoctrination for reason, logic and love? Millions and counting.

  7. barriejohn says:

    It’s their only answer, isn’t it?

  8. dennis says:

    Another senseless death in the world and yet our natural selection process that Mr Darwin catalogued for us, allows it. Can a secular society frame natural selection into a less violent existence. I am not seeing less violence from the theist.

  9. doubleup says:

    Just imagine how humanity would flourish if all destructive energies were chanelled into doing good. But the pious invoke godly permission to murder their way to power. Humanity will never have peace until every god is dismissed as meaningless unfounded dangerous nonsense. But this will never happen because the shady evil men who want power incite the masses, with religious prejudice and intolerance, to eliminate opposition by brute force and mob rule.

  10. Cali Ron says:

    @doubleup: I sadly agree.

    @barriejohn; Another of the many contradictions of christianity. Religion of love….and hate. Of course all religions are manifestations of man’s imagination, not of god and they are all really about power over other men. The devil is in the details.

  11. t.suman says:

    There is limit for freedom of thinking and saying. A Vice chancellor, ex, cannot say that it is not wrong to urinate on Hindu idols. Is it a wise statement by an elderly man. If i say that I will urinate on his family members, is it justified. Did he criticised other religions in the same manner. Had he done so, will fanatics of those religion remain silent. Will seudo seculars of India stay calm. Do not attack selectively. Be true secular and treat all religions and faiths equally in criticising. Killing is not right. But abusing only one religion is also not justified

  12. Cali Ron says:

    @t.suman: Are you saying his death is justified because he only criticized one religion and not all of them? No matter what or who he criticized it doesn’t justify his murder.