ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Suppressing Dissent in Maharashtra

Murder of Govind Pansare

Govind Pansare fought against the right-wing agenda to appropriate the syncretic political and cultural traditions of Maharashtra. This seemed to have earned him the ire of divisive forces and political opponents. 

The author wishes to acknowledge the inputs of Uday Narkar and Sharad Navare for this article. 

Comrade Govind Pansare along with his wife Uma Pansare were shot at close range at 9.30 in the morning on 16 February 2015, in front of his house when he was returning from his morning walk. A bullet went through the soft tissues of his neck, another through his armpit, past the lungs and a third injured his knee. His wife also sustained severe injuries in her skull. After a struggle for a few days he died in hospital while his wife has been discharged.

The attack, the second major one in a series of attacks on dissenting voices from the secular, rationalist, left, democratic movement, in Maharashtra has once again shaken the foundations of our polity.

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