Dehli writers Memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister of Karnataka about murder of Prof. MM Kalburgi
Memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister of Karnataka
on September 6, 2015
To: Shri Siddaramaiah
Honorable Chief Minister of Karnataka
Through: Smt Vandana Gurnani
Karnataka Bhavana New Delhi
Dear Shri Siddaramaiah ji,
We, Delhi-based writers are shocked at the murder of Prof. MM Kalburgi, the eminent Kannada writer, scholar, and academic. He contributed to many fields of Kannada scholarship and enriched all of them. Also an inspiring teacher, he trained a host of young scholars who, in turn, also made significant contributions to the world of Kannada letters.
His service was recognized widely and reflected in the many prestigious awards conferred on him. His tenure as Vice Chancellor of Kannada University, Hampi was highly successful.
Deeply committed to the humane and rational teachings of Basavanna, he walked his talk. Like Basavanna, he was fearless in pursuing and speaking out truth. He often condemned and criticized cant and convention openly as a result of which he exposed himself to the wrath of the orthodox including those of his own community.
He succumbed to the bullets of unidentified murderers who descended on his home last week. Though the killers are yet to be identified, his murder has come at a time when critics of blind faith like Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare were killed by forces of intolerance in the neighboring state of Maharashtra.. That this has happened in Karnataka, a state known for tolerance of diverse views, is even more shocking. Whoever has committed this murder most foul, this bloody act has put terror into the hearts of those who believe in democratic dialogue and discussion.
We condemn the heinous murder of a 77-year old veteran in unequivocal words. We mourn him deeply and hope that the bereaved get enough strength to weather this irretrievable loss.
We request you, Sir, to help expedite the investigation into the cause of this murder and see that the perpetrators are brought to book and punished.
We also request you to use your good offices to ensure that freedom of speech and thought is ensured in Karnataka.