We lost Anitha in the fight against NEET and assault on social justice. This is yet another sacrifice in the battle for social justice. Tamil Nadu has been in the boil since Sep 1. Protests by various sections of society including school, college students and Doctors to seek justice for her murder and banning of NEET is gaining momentum the Tamil Nadu.
In the meantime, on September 5, we received the shocking news that Gauri Lankesh, who is known to be an anti-establishment voice with strident anti-right wing views, was shot dead at close range by unknown assailants at her Bengaluru home. She is the most recent victim of hate and communal politics after Narendra Dabholkar (2013) in Pune, Govind Pansare (2015) in Kolhapur and M.M. Kalburgi (2015) in Dharwad.
We all have read and learnt about her her political stand and bold criticism about the failure of this state through various media! The communal forces could not stop her through threats, defamation cases and even prison sentences by courts. Finally, they shot her dead to silence her voice. Her murder was meant as a warning message to the voices of dissent. We are asked to shut our mouth and mind our own business!
The SIT probing the murder of Pansare, CBI investigating the Dhabolkar case and Karnataka CID probing the Kalburgi murder case have identified activists belonging Sanatan Sanstha, a Hindu right wing group based out of Goa as the assailants. Everyone know the same forces have murdered Gauri Lankesh also.
Another vital message to all of us is that the line of demarcation is slowly forming. We are either with the communal forces or against them! There is no neutral ground where one can stand, such a stand ends up helping the communal forces in their blood thirsty campaign to silence all rational voices.
We stand united to fight against forced resignations, arbitrary layoffs and for our rights at the workplace. The same spirit of unity impels us to take forward the torch of rationalism, self-respect and social justice carried by Dabholkars, Pansares, Kalburgis and Lankeshwars.
More the bullets silence our voices, more louder we emerge!