“We’re not being anti-establishment. We’re just reporting what’s happening, what has to be reported.”
On and off social media, sections of the Right not only applauded her murder, but used various false and questionable claims to say it was “justified”.
Lankesh’s views have been relentlessly against what she considered a fascist project taking over Indian democracy. Her silenced voice has spoken so much and so many times, it is impossible for even walls not to hear her.
The forces behind her assassins have a list – and want us to know they will pursue it.
The state police is now likely to order a forensic analysis of the bullet fragments and cartridges found at the scene in order to compare it with the material found after the killing of Pansare, Dabholkar and Kalburgi.
English is influential, but has limited reach; regional-language journalism can make a real impact which scares communal forces
“The silencing of a journalist in this manner has dangerous portents for democracy.”
Pictures of Lankesh’s body are evocative in entirely different ways for those who believe in the liberal values they shared with her and those who characterise her as anti-national.
Journalists, activists, writers, thinkers and women organisations were seen among the crowds that gathered in the city and across the state condemning the killing of the journalist.
Denying people a voice is violence, and it was this violence that the noted journalist stood against. And in return, she was given a violent death.
Our response should not be to desist from speaking one’s mind but the exact opposite – Gauri Lankesh would have done that and we owe it to her to continue the fine tradition.
There is a backstory to the heinous murder of a fearless journalist but the future script is in all our hands.
A firebrand in the tradition of her father, she was vocal on secularism, the rights of Dalits, the downtrodden and women.
Legislators have no business to sit in judgement on journalists and it is high time they are stripped of their special privileges.
Because of leaders and texts being dispersed across the country, much of the original Lingayat teaching was lost for centuries, giving rise to various confusions.
Senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was recently found guilty of defaming two BJP members and believes that her publication was targeted because of her politics.