After murder of MM Kalburgi, Bajrang Dal member tweet activist K S Bhagwan as next target
“…Kalburgi is gone, KS Bhagwan is next”. When the co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal in Karnataka, Bhuvith Shetty, posted this tweet after the murder of Kannada writer M M Kalburgi in Dharwad, the question for many was this: what had K S Bhagwan done to incur the wrath of the Hindutva group?
“I have been facing this for 35 years since I wrote a book (Shankaracharya Mattu Pratigamithana) exposing the philosophy of Shankaracharya, who several people believed was a very great thinker. He was the father of fundamentalism in Hinduism. He has even said that education must not be given to ‘lower castes and women and they should be kept under control,” said Prof K S Bhagwan (70), a retired teacher from Maharaja’s College in Mysuru where he taught English Literature.
Bhagwan is now a full-time writer and lists philosophy, rationalism and religious texts as his main pursuits.
Speaking to The Indian Express from Mysuru, even as Shetty was detained by police for his tweet, the Sahitya Akademi award holder and winner of the Kavyanand award said he believed in contesting “obscurantism”. Saddened by the murder of Kalburgi, his “friend and peer”, Bhagwan said: “The police have not found any clue, but I am very concerned about the murder. He was a great scholar, thinker, researcher and someone who was free from old ideologies and who upheld rational, democratic and humanistic ideas.”
Over the past two years, Bhagwan said he had attended several seminars and conferences where he had taken on those who said he should not express his views by asking for “text evidence”. “In those very texts that they claim as sacred these things exist. No one has been able to demolish my arguments,” he said.
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