Prominent Indian rationalist who waged war on superstition dies after being shot by assassins

A MAN who dedicated his life to exposing fraudulent “god men” who prey on the poor in India was shot dead yesterday just days after the Government said it was planning to introduce a controversial anti-superstition law he was championing.

Narendra Dabholkar, 71, was attacked by two gunmen on motorbikes while he was taking his morning walk and shot dead in the city of Pune.

He was known for founding the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith more than 20 years ago.

Dabholkar and his committee (Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti) was particularly well-known for openly criticising some of India’s so-called “godmen”, the self-styled Hindu ascetics who claim to perform miracles and are revered by many. He also campaigned against animal sacrifices used in certain rituals.

Read more at The Freethinker.

See here for a friend of Narendra Dabholkar who visited the UK earlier this year.

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One Response to “Prominent Indian rationalist who waged war on superstition dies after being shot by assassins”

  1. gnatseyeview Says:

    What a courageous man! There are so few people of principle–Narendraji paid the ultimate sacrifice in bearing a torch of truth. Far too many of these torch bearers throughout history have been killed by the interests of the “god men.”

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