February 28, 2015

Blogger killed for progressive writings

It was the turn of US blogger of Bangla origin, Avijit Roy, this time to be killed by religious fundamentalists against his writings, including those on his blog, Mukto-Mona. Avijit had been to Bangladesh for release of his two books.

Mukto-mona, meaning ‘free spirit’, is alive but its homepage aptly says, “We mourn. But we are not out.”

A US NGO, the Center for Inquiry, said, "Roy was a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country where those values have been under heavy attack.”

His writings came into direct conflict with Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami a few years back when this extremist group felt Avijit defamed Islam. Since then, he had been receiving death threats and warnings not to write against extremist thought.
Mukto Mona: "We are not out"

Almost exactly years back, in February 2013, Rajib Haider, an anti-Islamist activist of Bangladesh who also used blogging to spread his cause, had to pay with his life for opposing religious extremism in that country.

Indian Top Blogs hopes, the blog revives soon, with help from Avijit's well-wishers, and serves the cause of spreading liberal thought in the society.