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... Narendra Achyut Dabholkar was shot dead on the Vitthal Ramji Shinde bridge of Pune on August 20, 2013, at the age of 68, while on a morning walk.He used to say, “Like Mahatma Gandhi, I also have a wish to live till age 125”.Sadly his life, too, was curtailed by the enemies of reason.The key question all of us should ask ourselves is: What has been happening in this country in the last 69 years that free thinkers who have dedicated their life to the spread of rationality have become so dangerous to somebody that they are ready to kill these leaders even in their old age?If we start looking at the broader picture, there is a clear trend of an increasing resort to violent means to suppress any form of dissent, especially if it is related to the interpretation of religion, caste and nationality.From the case of Perumal Murugan to the incidence of violence against the Dalit community in Una, from Rohith Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad to the killing of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri and the JNU incident, there is a clear pattern. ...Indian Express on Aug. 24, 2016, 12:02 a.m.