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Swami Agnivesh

Swami Agnivesh, an important social activist, died on September 11 from liver damage and multiple organ failure. An interview appearing posthumously in says that his death resulted from complications from wounds he suffered two years earlier, when he was assaulted by right wing fanatics.

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"... Two months later, I was horrified to learn that while visiting Jharkhand for his work with tribals, Agnivesh was attacked – on camera – by a mob of more than 20 BJP-associated workers, who accused him of being a “Pakistani agent” collaborating with Naxalites. Disheveled and stripped of his turban and robe, he sustained liver and rib injuries. A month after that, he was on a Lutyens street, on his way to offer condolences for the death of Atal Behari Vajpayee, when another mob of BJP-linked youth activists surrounded him and began pushing and shoving him.

Agnivesh was no stranger to confrontation – especially in his work against Salwa Judum in Chhattisgarh – but now he was nearly 80. After this, he became weak. On September 11 this year, he passed away from complications arising from his liver and rib injuries. No one was ever charged in Jharkhand and the judiciary declined to let the CBI investigate the assaults."


After his death, a police official wrote:

"GOOD RIDDANCE @swamiagnivesh. You were an Anti-Hindu donning saffron clothes. You did enormous damage to Hinduism. I am ashamed that you were born as a Telugu Brahmin," Rao wrote while sharing the news of his death. He went on to call Agnivesh a "lion in sheep clothes" and added, "My grievance against Yamaraj [the god of death] is why did he wait this long!"

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