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August 31, 2015

Rationalist scholar MM Kalburgi murdered in Karnataka, role of right-wing Hindu groups under suspicion

Rationalist scholar and historian MM Kalburgi was shot dead in his house in Dharwad town in Karnataka on Sunday. He was 77.

Two motorcycle-borne persons came to the house and knocked at his door. When he came out, they shot at him point bank in the head and escaped. The police have failed to identify the killers.

Kalburgi was a former vice-chancellor of Hampi University, a historian and a strong voice against casteism.

He was a disliked by the of right-wing outfits and the Hindutva elements, because of his courageous take on social issues and the ill-practices in Hinduism.

The Bajrang Dal, VHP and Ram Sene had protested his views in the past. The murder is the latest in the series of killings of rationalists in India. Narendra Dhabholkar and Govind Pansare were killed in Maharashtra recently. The killers are to be arrested in these cases too.

TIH Bureau

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