They want Nikhil Wagle to disclose the names of accused responsible for murdering Dabholkar and Pansare or else face arrest.
Senior Journalist Nikhil Wagle has raked up a controversy by openly alleging that Brahmins are responsible for the murder of social activists Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare. Both Dabholkar and Pansare had raised their voice against superstition. Brahmins believe in superstitions a lot. Last year too in a seminar, Wagle started criticising Brahmins by deviating from the main topic which was so strongly opposed by the members of audience which prompted him to leave the programme in the middle and run away.
The police are yet to nab the accused responsible for Dabholkar and Pansare’s murder. Right wing activists have been criticising Wagle for his anti-Brahmin comments on social networking sites. According to them, Wagle is aware about the criminals responsible for killing Dabholkar and Pansare therefore he must be asked to reveal the name of murderers. Aniruddha Joshi, S.M.Patil and Dilip Joshi have filed a police complaint against Nikhil Wagle and demanded that he declare the name of the suspects or court arrest.
Wagle had tweeted that there is a threat to his life, and many facebook pages has been created in the name #ISupportwagle. On the other hand, many hate pages too are created against him.
“I relieved media from the dominance of Brahmins and facilitated the participation of non-Brahmins. Brahmins have become dominant in every field; they should be destroyed. I am against the narrow minded, sanatani ‘Brahmins.’ Brahminism is a poison in all forms and it’s against Indian Constitution” said Nikhil Wagle.
Dilip Joshi, president of Vande Mataram and Vice president of the Republican party of India-Brahmin cell has reprimanded Wagle for issuing anti-Brahmin statements and holding them responsible for Dabholkar and Pansare’s death. He said, “What was Wagle doing for the entire year? Why has he maintained his silence over this issue? Does Wagle realise he has a social responsibility towards the citizens because people listen to him on television? Since he has posted comments against the Brahmins it will hurt their sentiments.”
Paresh Joshi, Head, Communication cell, BJP from Pune said, “This shows sick mentality of a person who has inferiority complex and how desperate someone can get for garnering cheap publicity. Also his statements prove who is communal. Everything is clear. Targeting anyone based on their caste is not our culture. We believe in vasudhaiv kutumbakm and these so called secular – purogami is showing their true colours.”
When we tried to speak to S.M. Patil he remained unavailable for comment.
Narendra Dabholkar (68), who spearheaded the campaign against superstition throughout his life, was shot dead on August 20, 2013 in Pune during his morning walk by unidentified assailants. The murder, which sent shock waves in the state, has set police on a wild-goose chase and the case is still unsolved though the probe was later handed over to CBI. Names of some right-wing outfits had initially cropped up in the investigations.
Veteran CPI leader comrade Govind Pansare and his wife were shot at by some unidentified persons on February 16 outside their Ideal Housing Society at Sabarmala while they were returning from their morning walk from the Shivaji University. Pansare, a renowned lawyer and writer, was leading a campaign against the collection of toll in Maharashtra.
Pansare, died at Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai on 21st February after he was brought there in an air ambulance from the Kolhapur hospital where he was being treated earlier.