Indian Activist Narendra Dabholkar, who was running a successful anti-superstition movement in Western India, was shot dead in Pune on Tuesday morning.
Dabholkar was alone on a morning walk near Omkareshwar temple when unidentified persons on a motorbike fired at him and fled. Four bullets were fired at Dabholkar in the neck and he died on the spot, said Pune police commissioner Gulabrao Pol. Police have managed to get the registration number of the bike used by the assailants.
The activist was campaigning to persuade the state government to pass an anti-superstition and black magic bill. But the bill was opposed by hardline Hindu groups like Warakari Sanghatana and Sanatan Prabhat on the ground that it hurt their religious sentiments.
He headed the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (committee for eradication of blind faith), an organisation with the aim to promote rational thought and scientific temper.
Dabholkar had authored several books and was the editor of progressive magazine Sadhana.
“He believed in non-violence,” said Dabholkar’s daughter Mukta Patwardhan. “He had not sought any security.”
Maharashtra home minister RR Patil condemned the killing of Dabholkar.
“Dabholkar represented a progressive movement in the state,” said Patil.
“Our priority right now is to catch and punish the murderers.”
Dabholkar is survived by his wife, daughter and son Hamid.
Source: The Hindustan Times
It is not correct to blame any particular religious groups for the murder of Narendra Dabholkar. But we know he was opposed by Hindu nationalist groups, who keep people in bondage to idolatry.
The Indian constitution do not favor any religious groups, and particular the religion of the majority in India, Hinduism. The Indian constitution promotes religious tolerance, and confirm India to be a secular, socialist republic.
As a Christian I regret the murder of this secular activist.
If I ever had meet Him, I would have shared the gospel about Jesus the Messiah with Him. Not forced him, not harmed him, and definitely not bribed him to share my faith.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
People can only come to the true faith in Jesus by conviction. Convicted by the Holy Spirit that they are sinners, and that the Messiah took their place on the cross at Calvary Hill in Jerusalem.
Written by Ivar