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Thursday, July 19, 2012

[mukto-mona] Who was not afraid of Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)?

"Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it." C. Hitchens

Well, worry no more! Mr. Hitchens passed away last year by losing his
final battle with a deadly nemesis, the cancer. Whether you hate him
or love him, he was one of the great literary personalities that one
could hardly ignore in the last two decades. It was delightful to
watch and listen to this sharp witted man debating and pulverizing his
opponents with very precise and lethal arguments.  He was the man to
debate and test whether you could knock him down with your counter
punches.  As an impartial observer, I must say that very few could
survive his punches. He rarely lost any debate as far as I can
recall.  As a former Trotskyite and Oxford educated man, he ended up
changing his positions many times over making his friends and foes
very puzzled with his contradictory stances.  He was unique in the
sense that he never tried to please anybody and spoke forthrightly
whatever he felt right about the issue without any fear. Right or
wrong, you would wish he would be arguing for your side than taking
sides with your opponents. That was his charm! He will be dearly
missed as a strong and independent voice of our time!
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." GBS


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"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
               -Beatrice Hall [pseudonym: S.G. Tallentyre], 190

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