"Continue thinking, say no to Politics of Silencing"

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 31 August 2015 21:38 IST

Continue thinking and speaking the language of humanity, don’t get bowed down before the Politics of Silencing.

A small group of writers, thinkers, researchers and intellectuals gathered at Azad Maidan today evening, with a short notice, to condole murder of Kannada writer M M Kalburgi in Dharwad yesterday.

He was shot dead in his house by two unidentified person who came on a two-wheelers, knocked his door and killed him.

Kalburgi was known for his rational thoughts, which he derived at after thorough research, but Hindu fundamentalists had always condemned him.

It was a spontaneous gathering called through WhatsApp group to mark a protest and express tgheir feelings towards serial killing of Dr Narendra Dabholkar, Com Govind Pansare and now M M Kalburgi.  

Some of them spoke at the small gathering while each of them later lit a candle at the Hutatma Smarak (martyrs’ memorial).

Fr Victor Ferrao said we should continue thinking and stand with those who think for a better India.

“Let us not bow down before this Politics of Silencing though some fanatics are exhibiting intolerance by going to the extent of killing a person whom you don’t agree with”, he said.

M H Rizvi said these elements are following the path of silencing you with death because they cannot counter the truth you speak. But such cowardly acts should not stop us from continuing speaking the truth.

“I believe in God and Religion, but both these things should be confined within the four walls in our homes, not exhibit in public which then leads to fundamentalism in a civilised society”, observed Gopal Bandiwal.

Vivek Pissurlekar said the root of Hindu religion is Veda, which is a thought. Every thought should be respected. Thought should not be and cannot be silenced with guns.

“Are you trying to kill a thought? Do you want us to stop thinking? Not possible. We will continue thinking and continue speaking and writing the truth”, he said.

Valmiky Naik, Pravin Sabnis and Sangeeta Naik also spoke.

The speakers also appealed to all the thinking people to organise small or big meetings to condemn these incidents, which are on rise. 

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