Amol Palekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Tushar Gandhi share stage in Pune, pay tribute to Dabholkar
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Amol Palekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Tushar Gandhi share stage in Pune, pay tribute to Dabholkar

The theme of the event was ‘do not forget the sacrifices’ and speakers emphasised on the need to keep the good work going.

pune Updated: Aug 21, 2018 14:56 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Amol Palekar (left) and Tushar Gandhi at Jawab Do, Who killed Dabholkar? event on Monday. (SANKET WANKHADE/ HT PHOTO )

A group of influential people came together on the occasion of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar’s fifth death anniversary which was observed in Pune and many programmes were organised for the same on Monday.

"The songs that we heard today have pierced the hearts of the people present here. The place where we have gathered is the same place where our representative was lying in a pool of blood. Who were these people who felt the need to kill the man who urged people to have good thoughts? No matter how much we protest and how many ever people are arrested, our man will not return and the void will remain. The only way to pay tribute is to keep doing the good work," said Sonali Kulkarni, actor while addressing the group of protesters near Omkareshwar temple.

“Today, we mark the fifth anniversary since Dabholkar’s murder. What progress was made in the five years? The second arrest in Dabholkar’s case has spread a sense of assured positive developments in the case. But I feel like this is just the beginning. It takes five years for two arrests. Is this going to be the decided pace of investigation?,” said Amol Palekar, actor and director.

He also said that regardless of which political party and ideology gets involved in the process, the attacks of rationalists should stop.

On the theme of ‘do not forget the sacrifices’, Tushar Gandhi, great grandson of the father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi said, “We have a history of wasting sacrifices as a country. From Bhagat Singh to every single sacrifice since then, it has been wasted as generations that followed have not been loyal to the cause of their sacrifice. ”

Tushar Gandhi, who is also an author, said that even the sacrifice made by Mahatma Gandhi’s was wasted by the nation as a whole as the organisation which killed him was brought to power after 50 years of independence

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 14:56 IST