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Municipal Commissioner, The city will become architecturally decadent.in the 1980s,movement sector? Those were the days of the first wave of disenchantment with parties and party politics Dabholkar joined that streambut with a difference Initiallyhe actively participated in the movement known as ek gaon-ek panavatha (movement for a common drinking water reservoir for the entire village) Clearlythe intellectual influences on Dabholkar were not only socialism but also the anti-caste movement He belonged to the larger universe of social reform He is known by a huge network of young activists and followers across the state through his organisation Andhashraddha Nirmulan Samiti (committee to eradicate superstition) While he was not the first to employ a rationalist frame to understanding popular practices and ritualshe was surely among the few to have linked these to the exploitation of the masses In thishe was a true follower of Jyotirao Phuleby far modern Indias first radical social thinker to attend to questions of caste and equality The social reform movement in Maharashtra has always had three strands: a more radical anti-caste stranda strident and rationalist way of looking at life and religionand a strand of robust critique of religion Sometimesthese are separate and at odds with each other Through the 1980sDabholkar charted his own path of social reformwhich was rationalist but not averse to trying to understand the power of religiosity; rationalistbut putting social justice at the top of the agenda; and secularin order to ensure a democratic coexistence of communities He took a position thatin the name of god (and religion)many malpractices end up in the exploitation of the devoteesmostly from vulnerable social backgrounds So he mobilised a band of activists all over the statewho would try to convince ordinary men and women how some superstitions become exploitative To begin withthere was definitely some amount of over-enthusiasm in the movementin that it tended to attack the superstition GraduallyDabholkars work took a more nuanced turn While he was busy fighting with a number of local godmen and swamis and babas (occasionally using empiricist strategies)Dabholkar realised that the real need was to ensure the idea of faith was not misused for commercial and exploitative purposes For the last decadeDabholkar had been fighting for the passage of a legislation that would make certain exploitative practices illegal Henceforcing someone to follow those practices (by threat or allurement) would be a punishable offence His tenacityand the liberal atmosphere in the statemeant that successive state governments actually started drafting such a legislation only to dither on its actual passage Dabholkars secular stand also meant he was opposed to political Hindutva But his steadfast criticism of exploitative practices earned him opponents not only from the political Hindu organisations but also from the more aggressive orthodox Hindu establishment in the state He took this opposition in his stride His argument was that he was not against religion and religious beliefs; ratherhe was opposed to those practices that exploit women and the weaker sections of society by the hegemonic imposition of certain practices But to label him only with this one-point agenda would be to miss the personality of this indefatigable social activist In 1998he became the editor of the Marathi weeklySaadhana (established by Sane Gurujithe veteran socialist) At that pointthe weekly was on its deathbed and everyone expected only a few years before it breathed its last Except Dabholkar He turned around the weekly into a financially healthy publicationand a far more readable one Only last weekhe had organised two programmes to mark the 65th anniversary of the weekly Ordinarilyno one celebrates the 65th anniversary of a publication But Dabholkar knew well that he had to find occasions to publicise the weeklyand through it reach a wider publicon a wider range of issues To his credithe did not make the weekly a mouthpiece of his anti-superstition work Alsoin recent monthshe was actively organising and propagating against the rejuvenated caste panchayats and their highhandedness in parts of Maharashtra Dabholkars death is not only the proverbial loss of a devoted social activist Maharashtra has witnessed many bitter arguments in the past over social reform It would be a tragic irony ifin this statean activist had to die because his reform activity was not palatable to some This suddenly opens up the dark possibility that Marathi society will be losing its self-confidence to argue and to tolerate differences of ideas NARENDRA DABHOLKAR (1944-2013) The writer taught political science at the University of Pune For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News98 qualified.01 seconds slower than Coleman in the third heat. told the Indian Express: “I have directed the tweets to authorities concerned. 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