Washikur Rahman

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The Murders of Activists In Bangladesh, Pakistan Are A Wake-Up Call for India

It is not a good time to be a free thinker on the Indian subcontinent. Within a few months, secular voices Avijit Roy, Washiqur Rahman and, most recently, Ananta Bijoy Das were forever silenced in Bangladesh. Then, an outspoken activist Sabeen Mahmud was brazenly assassinated in Pakistan. We Indians are (relatively) fortunate to have the freedom to voice our opinion without getting stabbed for it, or riddled with high calibre rounds. However, recent trends suggest we may be headed down the same totalitarian path as our neighbours.