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Prakash Raj, Girish Karnad Pay Tribute To Gauri Lankesh

Hundreds of people participated in a protest march in Bengaluru to mark the first death anniversary of slain journalist Gauri Lankesh. Many activists and social thinkers were part of the event.


Lankesh, the editor of Kannada weekly tabloid Lankesh Patrike, was shot dead in front of her residence in Bengaluru on September 5 night a year ago. The murder was similar to the methods which was employed in the case of like-minded people like senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Govind Pansare on 16 February 2015 in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, rationalist Narendra Dabholkar on 20 August 2013, in Pune and MM Kalburgi, on 30 August 2015 in Dharwad, Karnataka.

Though a Special Investigation Team has been set up to investigate the killing, the police are yet to ascertain who was behind her murder. The cops have made a couple of arrests, including Parushuram Wagmare, who allegedly shot her.

Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy, actor Prakash Raj, playwright Girish Karnad, journalist Siddharth Varadarajan, writer Chandrashekar Patil, social activist Swami Agnivesh and many others were present at the march.

Gujarat MLA and Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani, student leader Umar Khalid, Karnataka Komu Souharda Vedike president KL Ashok, Dinesh Amin Mattu, and rationalist Narendra Naik were also present at the event along with Kavitha Lankesh, sister of Gauri Lankesh.

The participants at the gathering also protested against the recent arrest of five activists – poet and Maoist ideologue Varavara Rao, activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Fereira, Gautam Navlakha and Vernon Gonsalves – and their being labeled as ‘urban naxals’ – a group that is considered to be ‘invisible enemies of India’. Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad was seen at the protest with a placard reading ‘Me Too Urban Naxal’.

Here’s a documentary titled Our Gauri on the firebrand journalist.