February 20, 2015 -Â Indian politician and rationalist Govind Pansare and his wife areÂ assassinated by gunmen (presumably right-wing Hindus) near theirÂ home in Mumbai, India. He was 81. Pansare was involved in left-wing politics, but also opposed the taboo against inter-caste marriages, Hindu superstitions regarding the conception of male children, and the glorification by Hindu extremists of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin. Pansare supported the Anti-Superstition and Black Magic Act, a Maharashtra state law that protected citizens from certain types of fraud.
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