BENGALURU: Writer and theatre personality Yogesh Master has refused to be cowed down by the threats and attacks of right-wing activists. Following the incident on Sunday, when the writer was smeared with black oil, he spoke to New Indian Express on how he has been a target of fundamentalist organisations for a long time.
"There have been several attempts to assault me in the past. Prior to the murder of rationalist M M Kalaburagi, there was also a ploy to murder me, following which police security was provided. However, after my house was shifted (from Mariappanapalya to Jnana Bharathi police station limits), the security was also discontinued," he said.
Though he found the security personnel a hindrance to his work flow, Yogesh feels that the security is essential for him now.
He also said that the gang that assaulted him were not educated. "They complained that I have been belittling Hindu Gods and warned that they would kill me if I did so. It was clear for me that neither have they read my books, nor any other books. The assaulters were just being used by hardcore fundamentalists," he said.
The outpour of support following the incident, he said, has been encouraging. "How long can such incidents go on? It is also tiresome for us, as we always have to be concerned about protecting ourselves and the people around us," he said.
Yogesh Master maintains that he would not allow such incidents to affect his career, saying "I won't stop just because I have been threatened. I have faced these threats for years now."