A prominent Western Maharashtra Progressive Activist and Thinker Dr. Narendra Dhabholkar was shot dead in my native city - Pune, India on August 20, 2013.
Maharashtra, Western Maharashtra in particular, has centuries old tradition of Secular and Rational / Scientific Thought which many native folks have attempted to seed and nature in that part of India. In my early life, I have been fortunate enough to learn and understand moral certitude, but humbleness towards knowledge, from these masters. Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was one such erudite practitioner of this art of Progressivism fully embedded in the soils of Western Maharashtra. It is a sad day that he was shot dead.
I no fan of NCP leader Sharad Pawar. But he is right when he said
"The progressive thought for which Dabholkar gave his life, will not die in Maharashtra"
Dr. Narendra Dabholkar exemplified this true spirit of centuries old Maharashtra and 'sanity in the ocean of insanity'. We are at loss with his demise (and it is expected that Maharashtra Government brings those killers to books); but what he taught to generations of Maharashtrians, to Indians, will last with us for ever and we will continue to build 'our sanity' on that foundation.
Thank you Dr. Dabholkar for what all you have done to we Marathi speakers as well as to we Indians at large.
Rest in peace Dr. Dabholkar.