Irreparable loss, Noted lawyer and activist Mukul Sinha passes away
The Milli Gazette Online
Published Online: May 13, 2014
Irreparable loss to the society. Noted lawyer and activist Mukul Sinha passed away yesterday, 12th May 2014. He was suffering from lung cancer. Apart from fighting cases of the Gujarat 2002 riot victims and fake encounters, he regularly brought out the truth about Modi's Gujarat through the website www.truthofgujarat.com and facebook page www.fb.com/TruthOfGujarat .
Comrade Mukul Sinha's death is a terrible happening. He was not only a legal luminary but also a great human being, great fighter against fascist forces and lovable Communist. His parting is an irreparable loss to the cause of persecuted and marginalized. The activists must emulate him and he will remain alive through his work, dedication, commitment and sacrifices.
I am sure WE SHALL OVERCOME.
Shamsul Islam, Author-Professor, Delhi
Teesta Setalvad, Activist and Lawyer
“Today, we renew our pledge to fight communal fascist forces.”
Shabnam Hashmi, Activist
“I join everyone in saluting Mukul, a friend and colleague. And as a true tribute to Mukul, we shall continue our struggle against injustice.”
Vrinda Grover, Lawyer and Activist
One of his most tenacious campaigns was to make the Nanavati Commission examine Narendra Modi on post-Godhra massacres. The commission was adamant in its refusal to summon Modi, although the allegations of complicity against him are expressly part of its mandate and there is a wealth of evidence against him. As the Supreme Court declined to intervene, the commission is still engaged with its 12-year farce of carrying on with a don’t-ask-don’t-tell inquiry.
Despite such impediments, human rights advocate Mukul Sinha brought to light the evidence of call data records (CDR), which had been collected by police officer Rahul Sharma. This led to the arrest of Modi’s minister Maya Kodnani, who was subsequently convicted for her involvement in the massacre at Naroda Patiya.
Another major issue on which Sinha had relentlessly pursued Modi was the series of fake-encounter cases, which landed several Gujarat police officers in jail and forced the resignation of home minister Amit Shah as he had himself been arrested for the murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh.
For those of us who had been privileged to interact with him and benefit from his knowledge and generosity, the most fitting tribute to Sinha would be to keep the flame of human rights burning, more brightly than ever before, to take on the growing dangers of institutional bias and impunity, drawing inspiration from the courage he had displayed in the face of adversity.
Manoj Mitta, Senior Journalist and Author of “The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra”
Mukul Sinha's death a great loss to humanity .He fought for justice to Guj riot victims against all odds and full power of power that be.He will be a source of inspiration for next generation of crusaders for justice and secularism. May your soul rest in peace Mukul Sinha ji you will be in our hearts for a long time to come .
Obaid Nasir, Journalist, Lucknow
Mukul Sinha, lawyer and civil rights activist, who taught many of us to fight; to use facts to counter lies and deceit, passed away today. His courage and tenacity, in the face of grave personal danger, will continue to inspire thousands of us. We pledge to take his work forward. We will keep uncovering the Truth of Gujarat. Salute.
Very sad a great human being has left. There is a vaccum on the planet. Humanity survives because of individuals like Mukul Sinha. Although never got a chance to meet this soul in person but always felt he was standing by the oppressed and always opposed the genocidal forces. Today the cruel forces should be ashamed that a passionate warrior went away fighting them. Vaheguru may give strength to all who loved him. His soul may rest in peace.
Barjinder Singh, Punjab Agriculture University
“Comrade Mukul Sinha, a relentless revolutionary, fighter for justice, righteousness and peace is no more.
Lal Salam to dear comrade Mukul Sinha.
Mukul sinha a wonderful person and radical lawyer died. Fond memories are all I have. Brave heart.
Mihir Desai, Senior Lawyer
"Really shocked to know that Mukul Sinha is no more... Hearty condolences... It was some days ago that we had a long chat with him and his family at his residence in Ahmedabad. He was a man of audacious action.. Faught till the last breath - today was the election day of Varanasi..."
Mohammad Suhail, Filmmaker
"Adv. Mukul Sinha, a dogged fighter, an unvanquished liberal and a damn good lawyer. Grand salute to your undying commitment, indomitable spirit and unquenchable thirst for truth and justice. You will always be remembered as an honest, brave human who selflessly fought a lonely battle against a powerful evil. You will be missed ever sir. RIP!
Aye qaum ke shahbaz, Aye shahpar nasheen,
Guftaar tera baasabaa, Kirdaar dil nasheen...
Raies Ul-Haq Ahmad Sikander
In the spirit he lived and fought against fascist and capitalist forces our real tribute to comrade Mukul Sinha is not in the mourning but a firm resolve to continue the struggle against fascist and capitalist forces specially in present times. He was one of the founder members of New Socialist Movement, Jan Sangharsh Manch and Gujarat Trade Union Federation. Through his website, this relentless fighter strived for establishing the truth of Sabarmati Train carnage and carnage 2002 in the Nanavati Commission, the other 2002 cases, fake encounter cases and the deceptive development of Gujarat across India on day to day basis.
We appeal to take today the following pledge and everyday wherever we are.
“We solemnly resolve to continue our fight for justice and truth, to uphold the values of human rights, to stand up and speak-out for the oppressed against injustice of all kinds, unafraid of all consequences.”
Rohit Prajapati and Trupti Shah, Members of Radical Socialist.
"An indefatigable Mukul Sinha dead. An irreparable loss. Goodbye comrade."
Yasir Ali Mirza
This is a very sad news. He was a true hero and will remain alive in the memories of all those who believe in humanity and human rights.
Mohammad Ghazali Khan, London
“Mukul Sinha passes away. An irreparable loss, just when we needed him most. A friend, guide and inspiration, he will be terribly missed.”
Jamia Teachers’ Solidarity Association