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Mukul Sinha, a brave soldier of truth and justice
"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth." - William Faulkner

The subject of this article is not the pogroms and the prime movers of Gujarat 2002 pogroms. Only history would decide if those unfortunate aberration of history was religio-ethnic cleansing or an spontaneous, instant reaction of burning of train compartments. I am only paying my homage here to the maverick Mukul Sinha, the noted human rights activist and lawyer who had fought for the cause of 2002 riot victims and victims of fake encounters.

He died on Monday at Sterling Hospital at the age of 63.  He is survived by wife Nirjhari and son Pratik. Died in glory and service of humanity as he donated his body to Ahmadabad Civil Hospital. Mukul was suffering from lung cancer for the last seven months.

He was a scientist-turned-lawyer. He was the pillar of all legal battles against the alleged fake encounters, involving Sadiq Jamal, Ishrat Jahan, Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsi Prajapati. The brave soul had fearlessly and consistently took on the Gujarat government in cases related to Godhra train burning incident and its aftermath.

Mukul Sinha was an IIT Kanpur alumnus and he had initially worked at Physical Research Laboratory at Kanpur. He switched over from Science to Law and got his law degree in 1989. His struggle began fighting cases for the underprivileged under the banner of his NGO `Jan Sangharsh Manch.

Irrespective of 'clean chits' by courts and gloss over by powerful and prejudiced media, the unprecedented violence at Gulberg Society, Naroda Patiya, Best Bakery, Sardarpura would always remain a stigma upon the face of land that gave birth to Mahatma Gandhi. The consequent incarceration of Mayaben Kodnani and VHP's leading activists like Babu Bajrangi have proved that we still have to go a long way before we form a just honourable society; a secular democratic country.

Mukul Sinha fought with conviction all through his life and refused to accept the action-reaction theory of Gujarat Riots. He was leading, since 2002, the legal battle from front against the marauders and won partly his battle against many before he died. He has left behind a team of ebullient and smart lawyers, journalists and 'conscience keepers' to carry on his mission of Truth and Justice.

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