The murder of a fearless reporter frightens India’s Hindu intellectuals

By Rev. Dr. Joseph D’souza for Washington Times

No one has embodied Hinduism or the Hindu way of life better than Mahatma Gandhi.

It was Gandhi who made Hinduism world famous as a religion of tolerance. He said non-violence was the ideal way of Indian life and that true Hinduism called for the unconditional acceptance of one another other. He envisioned a democracy where every Indian had the freedom of belief and expression.

“If we want to cultivate a true spirit of democracy, we cannot afford to be intolerant,” said Gandhi.

Gandhi was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a radical who wanted to derail Gandhi’s vision for India. Today, nearly 70 years after Gandhi’s death, it appears that Godse’s ideological children of violence still walk among us, more dangerous than ever before.

Early this month, Gauri Lankesh, a prominent journalist, was murdered as she arrived at her home late one evening. Ms. Lankesh was an anti-establishment figure with a reputation for her fearless criticism of the undemocratic elements within the parties in power, whether Congress or the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She supported the cause of the Dalits, championed the disenfranchised and pulled no punches when it came to holding public officials accountable.

To this day, Ms. Lankesh’s killers have not been apprehended, and the BJP has condemned the violence and made it clear that it had nothing to do with the murder.

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