Hundreds protest the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh

By Sara Shayanian
Sept. 6, 2017 at 11:13 AM

Hundreds-protest-the-killing-of-journalist-activist-Gauri-LankeshMourners gathered to protest the killing of Gauri Lankesh. Photo by Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Sept. 6 (UPI) — Hundreds of people came to pay tribute to journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh on Wednesday in Bengaluru, India.

Police said Lankesh was shot and killed by unidentified assailants near the entrance of her home in Raj Rajeshwari Nagar in Bengaluru on Tuesday. She was an opponent of Hindu extremism and an advocate for secularism.

Although the motive is not yet known, many speculate she was targeted over her views on religion and secularism. Shortly after her death, protests broke out against right-wing groups and the government for claims of neglect over a similar killing of another secular activist in 2015.

The left-wing protest group said, “This killing, fits into a by now familiar pattern of eliminating voices that dare to speak out against the current climate of hate and intolerance.”

The left-wing party is demanding a thorough investigation into the killing, believing in a connection between similar slayings. They claim the right-wing parties have created a climate of intolerance that eliminates the voices of the opposition.

Writer Chandrashekhar Patil said Lankesh “was killed because of her ideas, of this, there is no doubt.”

Actors, writers, political leaders, and fellow activists gathered to pay their respects on Wednesday.

A close friend of Lankesh, Chandan Gowda, said of her murdered friend, “She was an idealist and never compromised on her ideals.”


When did the tides change? When did a human’s dedication, empathy and compassion for the betterment of all lives and life become threatening and the ingredients for FEAR? What made loving your Country and the People a deadly value?




8 thoughts on “Hundreds protest the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh

      1. well! she stood for a cause… protested against injustice…communal forces.. tried to tore off their ugly masks… but those who feared her, killed her…. and its not the first time.. Mr mm kalburgi, govind pansare, narendra dalhokar, who had similar views and position as hers were too killed….

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        1. Ok, I got it.
          In the U.S. the word martyr has unfortunately been overused to label a person who pretends to suffer or who exaggerates suffering in order to get praise or sympathy. Your use of the word martyr states a reality, a fact.
          I can only ‘guess’ that your present feelings regarding the assassination of Gauri Lankesh are alike my emotions when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated by those who feared the power of and the compassion in his words.
          Gauri Lankesh’s beliefs, activism and forethought can never be extinguished, because her words have been embedded in every conscience and heart she moved.


          1. oh! i didnt know that… yes.. and this story doesn’t end here… another journalist… Mr shantanu bhowmick too was killed last most… days after lankesh’s death.. I don’t understand what is going on…

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            1. I’m right with you! If there is not an alpha advocate for the people working for change within the government (any world government), most of the information fed to us by a designated mouthpiece is inadequate. Omission runs rampant.
              I am so very sorry, concerned and somewhat aggitated at the back to back loss of a life you’re experiencing. The probability of a resurgence is likely. Be smart, be safe.


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