World’s largest democracy has witnessed another instance of intolerance. Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist who was quite active and explicit of her anti BJP thoughts has just been assassinated. Born in Shivamogga district on January 29, 1962, Gauri studied in Bangalore. She initially wanted to become a doctor, but later on changed her mind to come alike of her father. Lankesh started her journalistic career with Times of India. She took over her father’s newspaper after his death in 2000 but started her own weekly publication, Gauri Lankesh Patrike (GLP) in 2005 following a feud with her brother. How brutally the suspects have shot the freedom of journalists speaks of the negative and intense predispositions of the culprits. PM Narendra Modi who flaunts about free speech has actually given rise to racist riots and attacks on free media. Whoever intends to raise voice against the radical political voices in India faces the same repercussions as that of the brave journalist Lankesh. The fearless journalist who was a strong critic of far right ideology in India has been expressing her concerns on certain issues in her paper. The reason that triggered the murderers to silence her have the roots grounded in her fearless writings. She was quite clear in her warm sentiments for the marginalized communities. Her last appearance on social media was in favor of Rohingya Muslims who are to become the crumb of Indian government’s conspiracy. She wasn’t the first to become the morsel of apparently lawless state rather India has witnessed the loss of number of eminent journalists under Modi’s government. It seems as if Indian government is endorsing such shootings implicitly. The investigation team given the task of probing Lankesh’s case has had a negative record. The same team had to investigate the killing of rationalist MM Kalburgi, a former vice chancellor of Hampi University but the probe has not reached to any conclusions even after two years. The government is actually working on making this case a stale one and is expecting people to forget Lankesh as they forgot others. There have been worldwide protests against the lynching of the fearless journalist who stay alive in our hearts. Her death has echoed the helplessness faced by the marginalized communities in India and demands justice from the world.
Lankesh’s lynching has echoed the helplessness faced by the marginalized communities in India.
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