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Mangaluru: Attempt to murder a fearless man - Anti-social elements at it again







By Chris Emmanuel D'Souza

Mangaluru, Mar 17: The 'cloak and a dagger' technique of 'targeting Narendra Nayak', the acclaimed rationalist has once again brought back the horror memories of serial killings of rationalists and social activists in recent times in India. This is a reminder that 'forces of darkness' live amidst our surroundings, envy our virtues, watch our moves and try to get us at any cost by using cheap and coward methods. They say, "when they cannot defeat good with words, they use swords".

I have known Narendra Nayak for over five years now, and on the question of fear of life, he used to brush-off saying, "I am beyond death threats". He jokingly remarked that he has gotten bored about death threats on his life. The cheap threats have never shaken his guts to carry out his noble work. Narendra Nayak has been one of the most distinguished rationalist, educator, social worker and an activist for over four decades. As an educator and a social worker, Nayak has raised numerous awareness programmes in schools and has enlightened thousands of young children against superstition, blind beliefs and religious quacks.

Over the years, he has written for several international publications and has appeared on national media like NDTV with Barkha Dutt and has also participated in numerous international television documentaries. Despite such fame and status around the world, Nayak has always yearned for a simple life. Although ferocious in his work, Nayak holds modest ego and speaks with tenderness. He listen to opposite opinions, makes his point with ease, loves humour, worships honesty and never misses his twilight hours drink - tea.

Nayak is a pioneer in the movement of Federation of Indian Rationalists, and is a vocal critic of religious fascism, communal outfits, has debunked tricksof phony babas and fake Godmen and more recently exposed the 'Midbrain Activation Programme' scam (a fraudulent training programme to equip children to sense visual properties without actually seeing them).

Off late, Nayak led a fierce campaign to seek justice to slain RTI activist Vinayak Baliga and jail his assailants. This fearless campaign has been probably his toughest in all this years, since the enemy has a might of a dinosaur, as it is linked to the Mafia. The Mangaluru police feared for his life, and he was given a private guard to escort him sometime last year. The assailants might have sketched the attack on Nayak, during the absence of the guard.

The tricks that the attackers played was old and outdated, but one must laud the wit and quick reflexes of the great rationalist, when the two bikers reminded him to check his punctured tires of his car. He did not halt, but suspected their intentions and drove all the way to the petrol station to check the fate of his tyres. Bravo!

As a good friend of Nayak, I urge him to be more careful, vigilant as always, demand more security and keep the fight against evil. He has helped inspire substantial number of people towards Freethought and humanism, notably the Mangaluru and Bengaluru Freethinkers Facebook groups.

The website Communalism Watch has produced a significant article where it mentions the names of around eleven prominent people in the hitlist of religious extremists in the state of Karnataka alone, largely for their outspoken views. Less surprisingly, five of them belong to Dakshina Kannada region, demonstrating the level of enormity the coastal belt society has stooped to.

In August 2015, renowned Kannada Literary figure M M Kalburgi was shot dead at his home by an unidentified gunman. Kalburgi’s contribution to Kannada literature was immense, he was a scholar and a epigraphist of the Vachanasahitya and had also served as the Vice chancellor of the Kannada University at Hampi. His murder sent shockwaves in the entire region, and chief minister Siddaramaiah considered the writer's loss 'seriously' and declared 'strictest punishment' to the assailants. But, two years have passed without a trace of his assassins. And the entire incident has been hogwashed from people's memories.

Renowned English professor of Mysore University K S Bhagwan, short film maker Irshad Uppinangady and Kannada literary icon Girish Karnad have been in the hitlist of religious extremists for over two years.The murder thread of Bangladeshi bloggers and Pakistani journalists has been extended into India, lately. Perhaps the most humiliating part is the inefficiency of the police; the department has repeatedly failed to pull some guts and nab the draconian elements.



Comment on this article

  • Pratap Rao, Bangalore

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    Unlike Narendra Modi, Narendra Nayak is a man of high integrity. If Dakshina Kannada attacks him it is because there are superstitious bigots here who do not desire to explore the truth. Religion unfortunately has become a dogma, set of beliefs and a form of terrorism for the Sanghis. When the district adopts rationalism there is bound to be reason guiding the district

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangaluru

    Tue, Mar 21 2017

    Such a handsome man. But see his criminal activities. he is digging his own grave. Whatever his influence and many backing him he will be in for it. These young men luring their future unnecessarily

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  • Kavitha, Tumkur

    Sun, Mar 19 2017

    It's realy pitty to see the nowadays so called writers use their intellectual mind in favour of their own interest. Where the hell u r when rss people r slughteredfor their patriotic work to preserve their land culture? Remember17 All lives r precious

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Cancel his Bail. Lock him & throw the keys in Netrawati ...

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Some people are busy discussing on tyre puncture... while in Tamil Nadu.. a rationalist was killed... very sad.

    According to police, Farook posted rationalistic views against his religion. One surrendered in connection with his murder... hope the intolleance gang will condemn this killing as well.

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  • sri, Karkala

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Nayak is a brave soldier.
    We have sympathy for him.
    I have never heard rational people opposing contradictory Kerala cm vijayan to Mangalore

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    We were told in childhood all lives are equal..

    But according to liberal retards, some lives are more special.. for them the butchering of Rudresh, Vasu, Karthik and scores of other rss workers is not a big deal… they are plenty anyways…
    Their extra sympathy starts working only if the tires puncture for their own people, lol… When will libtards ever grow up? Well, they are so much grown up, they have scope to grow up any further…LOL

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  • Kiran Shetty, Sullia

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Human life is not important topic of the writer ,He want force his idea of secularism .where as Narendra Naik is savior of minority anti Hindu .If RSS ,or BJP person killed its secularism .If any minority person killed or attacked its communal .God save from this people .

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  • ALWYN SOANS, mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017


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  • Dheeraj Dsouza, Surathkal

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Nice article Chris....... The tradition of our Indian Law has made them fearless.

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  • The Guru, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    What was the outcome when Mr Nayak checked his car tires in petrol pump??? There are many people in Mangalore who do this things for fun...

    I take a pledge from today not to inform the car driver if tire has less air in it and even if its punctured I will stay away from giving direction, since I might land up in the jail if the other person complaints I was trying for murder

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  • Rajesh, Udupi

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Pleaseeeee... Pl help people if he tyre is flat.. but if you think the driver appears to be some extra terrestrial intellect with bravery only to make fun of hinduss, yes, then don't help, they don't need help anways...LOL

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    If someone could share Mr. Nayak''s vehicle model n number, I would be careful not to behind him in any sort of traffic!!

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  • FRANCIS, Dubai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Aston Martin Model: DB5

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  • Hilda Pinto, Loretto /Attavar Mangalore,

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Nice article Mr Chris.. Prof Nayak is a person whom we admire ..Manty of us think like him .. But sir has courage .. what he thinks right he will do and show .. When we read about how this courageous man too is threatened by Antisocial elements we feel saddened .. Sir never went behind fame and name .. he always practiced his belief .. Hope he becomes successful in his mission .. proud to be his student

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Kannada literary icon Girish Karnad????

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  • FRANCIS, Dubai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Dear Prof. Narendra Nayak,

    May almighy God bless you and protect you always. This is my prayer for you.
    Please keep continue doing good deeds for the society.

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  • George Dsouza, Mangalore , Mumbai

    Sat, Mar 18 2017

    Well written Chris .Truly a practicing humanist and one of the greatest rationalist we have in the county today both in terms of words and deeds.

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