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In a skirmish within the right wing in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has strongly condemned radical Hindutva outfits for silencing the voice of dissent in the country as evinced by the recent murder of Kannada scholar-rationalist M.M. Kalburgi, The Hindu reports. In a highly condemnatory article in the party mouthpiece Saamna, Sena leader Sanjay Raut, censuring fringe Hindutva groups, cited the recent murders of rationalist-thinkers Dr. Narendra Dabholkar in Pune, Communist leader Govind Pansare in Kolhapur and Mr. Kalburgi in Karnataka as an attack on freedom of speech which was comparable to crushing the “soul of the country's freedom.” While Mr. Raut’s article tacitly acknowledges the involvement of Hindutva outfits in all three murders, the piece sidesteps the issue of stifling fre...

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