The court also pulled up the agencies investigating the murders of Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare over their failure to arrest the main suspects in these cases so far.
“What’s the guarantee that more people will not be targeted for their beliefs and principles in the future?”
Four of them even have Interpol red-corner notices against their names for their alleged involvement in the 2009 Margao bomb blast.
The latest forensic findings have been communicated to the Special Investigation Team probing Lankesh’s murder.
Starting out as just a fringe irritant, the shadowy organisation has been emboldened by the Goa government’s support
‘Desperate attempt’ to divert attention from Gauri Lankesh’s killing and tarnish murdered communist leader’s name, says daughter Megha Pansare.
Gauri Lankesh was the victim of the same ideology that claimed the lives of other rationalists. Handing over her case to a ‘caged parrot’ like the CBI would be dangerous.
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 South Asia Media Defenders Network has urged the Indian media and civil society groups to pursue a robust campaign to ensure that there is no let-up in the investigation.
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
This is the first time in several years that the US embassy has reacted to an incident in which an individual has been targeted.
Journalist Ravish Kumar talks about the murder of Gauri Lankesh and the reactions it has got from the Hindu Right – including people Modi follows on Twitter.
In the past, violent groups were aberrations and perpetrators of riots were brought to justice. That is no longer the case – the present regime draws support from these very groups.
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.
The fearful symmetry of conspiracy cannot intimidate spirited voices like hers..
A firebrand in the tradition of her father, she was vocal on secularism, the rights of Dalits, the downtrodden and women.
The struggle to punish the killers of Pansare, Kalburgi and Dabholkar is linked to the struggle to preserve democracy in India, says Pansare’s daughter.
Kirwale was hacked to death by his carpenter according to a preliminary report. Activists however are not convinced and suspect political motivations.
The BJP is campaigning fervently to hold on to Goa after its break with Sudin Dhavlikar and the MGP, while a fractured Congress, AAP and independents contest over small electorates.
In a year full of protests and mass mobilisation, a list ten acts of defiance that were particularly important.
Eminent poets, politicians and students groups had criticised the charges of sedition against the author and had implored the state government to intervene.
The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti member has been charged with criminal conspiracy and murder.
On the first anniversary of the scholar’s murder, a silent walk and public meeting is being held in Dharwad to remember him and demand justice.
Indian Cultural Forum speaks to Rahman Abbas, whose Urdu novel was cleared of obscenity charges after a decade, about the freedom of expression in the country and more.
The relative marginalisation of Pansare’s work is likely a consequence of the larger unquestioned practices that have become normal fare in communist parties today.
Past and present governments have been unsuccessful in controlling powerful organisations like the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena and the Sanatan Sanstha because of the nexus between their followers and politicians.
Gokhale being too rational and far-sighted did not arouse those deep, compelling, and divisive passions essential to mobilise people and to keep narrow versions of nationalism alive.
A round-up of news, both bad and good, on the rights front from India.
The measure of the writer is the terror she inspires in the ceremonial orders of power.
In his quiet, poised manner (quite unlike his passionate public speeches), he talked about his inspirations, the future of left and democratic politics, and the movement in JNU.
The BJP may not have been involved in recent incidents of violence but some of its leaders have justified or defended what happened. We hope the party won’t take the same time to sideline them as it took Congress to relegate those who organised or defended 1984.
“A government that does not tolerate difference, that does not safeguard the lives and interests of its marginalised and vulnerable citizens, loses its legitimacy in a democratic polity. We are facing this situation now, already.”
In the wake of the ongoing protest by writers and artists over the government’s response to incidents of violence and intolerance, sociologists have expressed their disquiet at the PM’s ‘late response’ and his failure to assert the rule of law will be defended
More than a dozen prominent cultural personalities have now publicly shared their anguish over the growing intolerance in the country
In an exclusive interview to The Wire, author Nayantara Sahgal answers her critics about her decision to return the Sahitya Akademi award