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A Combative Hero: Mukul Sinha

Scientist, lawyer, trade unionist Mukul Sinha fought for justice without losing either his sense of humour or his great courage. His perseverance was responsible for the conviction of Maya Kodnani in the post-Godhra riots, imprisonment of a number of police offi cers and the resignation of Gujarat’s then home minister Amit Shah. With his death, Gujarat and India have lost one of the most charismatic fighters for justice.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at Mukul Sinha’s memorial mee- ting in Ahmedabad on 15 May. It was not a prayer meeting; nor was it a condolence meeting. It was a meeting to take individual and collective pledges to carry forward the work done by Mukul. There were relatives, lawyers, judges (retired and sitting ones), high-ranking politicians, the advocate general of Gujarat and two ex-chief ministers. There were a large number of aam aadmi and auratein, slum dwellers, those who are known as the Sabarmati water front displaced, trade unionists, non-governmental organisation (NGO) activists, human rights activists, members of left political organisations, academicians, relatives of those killed in fake encounters, a large contingent of Muslim men and women, tribal and dalit activists. Shouts of “Inquilab Zindabad” reverberated in the hall. Nirjhari, Mukul’s life partner for more than 30 years, spoke with vigour and force and also sang songs. Like others, for her the way to remember Mukul would be to carry forward his work. Those gathered spoke about his humaneness, his courage and his non-compromising nature. Yes, there was acute sadness but that did not overwhelm the atmosphere.

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