We live in a world where humanity is being tested day by day. The internet brings to our attention all the news that needs to be brought to our attention, but how much heed do we pay to these? Not much. This is because every day, each shocking story gets replaced by another shocking story. With the internet at our fingertips, it now takes just minutes to get different news stories. But here, in this article, we are going to revisit the heroes of our society that were unjustly murdered and see what we can learn from their lives.
- Gauri Lankesh: They say a pen is mightier than a sword, but the fearless journalist and activist Ms. Gauri Lankesh who boldly put out her political views were killed on September 5th It was suspected that she was murdered by a political party connected henchmen in an effort to silence her. This murder rallied the youngster in her support supporting free speech in our democracy and bring to attention that we cannot be silenced by such brutal and inhumane acts.
- Sai Reddy: Some journalists travel far and wide for the truth, but one such journalist met his untimely end at the hands of Maoists on 6th December 2013. This is imperative to remember that there are individuals who risk their lives to give us perspective, truth, and shed light so that people in our democracy can learn more about the nation they live in. Sadly, a free press does not exempt some from untimely deaths.
- Sandeep Sharma: While investigating the illegal sand mining in Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Sandeep Sharma was run over by a truck on May 21st, 2018. The sand mafia murder was caught on a chilling CCTV footage and was the talk of the town, however, it is fair in saying that justice was not rightfully served as the perpetrators of the attack were only investigated after journalists protested and demanded answers.
- Shanmugam Manjunathan: This grade A officer for Indian Oil Corporation was shot on 19th November 2005 for sealing a petrol station which sold adulterated fuel. Exposing corruption came at a cost for this soul, however, such incidents should not deter citizens and government officials from exposing corruption and crimes.
- Satyendra Dubey: This Indian Engineering Services officer who lost his life fighting spotted corruption in the Golden Quadrilateral Highway construction project was murdered on 27th November 2003 in Bihar. The saddest part was that only after 6 years, justice found his murderers guilty.
- Neha Shoree: In a very recent episode that sent shock waves across the nation, FDA Officer Neha Shoree was shot and killed by a chemist in front of the victim’s niece. The murderer was the owner of a pharmacy, Balwinder Singh, whose license she canceled. The assailant shot himself minutes later after this gut-wrenching act. This incident should remind us that when we work on a mission to protect society and stand by certain rules and standards, we cannot let threats get in our way of doing honest, good work.
Yes, there are many more who have risked their lives by doing an honest job, and it can be disheartening to see that such unfair deaths have taken place. However, these heroes must not be forgotten since they fought to make our lives a little easier, safer and well informed. Let us take a leaf from their book and promise to not let cowardly actions of murderers get in our mission to becoming honest citizens.