They were convinced that poorest/weakest people were being exploited under the rubric of religious practices though these had little or no religious sanction
Since then, the law has seen amendments which diluted it, the list of banned activities has been reducing.
Manav and #NarendraDabholkar and other activists of the Andhshraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANS) had been receiving flak, threats,were attacked
#NarendraDabholkar took on powerful babas +
Powerful PR professionals joined in the game, feeding journalists stories of vilification and maligning him.
Dabholkar was an atheist. But he understood and accepted the role of religion, more specifically religious practices or rituals, in people’s lives. He was against abusive/exploitative/inhuman +
His rationale, cool and calm approach, unflinching dedication to the cause unnerved many but especially self-styled protectors of Hinduism.
That the assassination has been traced back to the SS isn’t surprising. What is, is the inexcusable +
Why did it take five long years to crack this case? Why was the link to the org not followed through and acted upon? Would the murders of Pansare, Kalburgi, #GauriLankesh been prevented?
Also on the stage was Dr Jayant Narlikar.
Today, she and others commemorated #NarendraDabholkar ‘s memory and rededicated themselves to the cause.
Some 400+ cases were registered under it till the end of 2017. Convictions, as with any Indian law implementation, are few.
In 2007, he wrote “After 3 years(as president of ANS) I wanted to step down but could not. Then they decided to allow me to step down once the anti-black magic Bill was passed. It’s being postponed time and again, and I remain the prez”
“Other than the work of ANS and the weekly Sadhana, I don’t do anything else. This has rendered me a +
Only 2 days before the assassination, the org mouthpiece had published a caricature showing 3hands (incl of HJS) stabbing the “ANS demon”
Now after 5yrs, knowing the trail goes back,why is SS chief not being questioned?
As usual, Cong leaders fought over bringing a ban on the org. Then CM Prithviraj Chavan hinted that +
Banning the SS won’t be easy. But the evidence in the case of murders of rationalists and writers adds up.
If his assassins and, more imp, masterminds had been nabbed immediately after, perhaps Pansare, Kalburgi and Gauri Lankesh wouldn’t have been silenced.
The terror hasn’t even been called by its name yet, forget a ban.
But if it’s politically expedient, a ban may just happen.
#NarendraDabholkar ‘s fight isn’t finished
Well, what about this? Shiv Sena MP and Thackeray confidant Anil Desai said Aug 2016 he’d “present Sanatan’s side in Parliament...Hindu Rashtra will be established”