Gauri Lankesh was a noted journalist and activist. She was a vocal critic of communalism. Editor of popular Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike, Lankesh was an ardent supporter of free speech. She was part of a panel formed by State government to help surrender naxals to reform.
Born into a Hindu family in 1962 she was the older daughter of P Lankesh - a man who established the weekly Kannada language tabloid Lankesh Patrike. Following the footsteps of his father she too ventured into the field of journalism. She began her career as a journalist with the The Times of India in Bangalore. In years to come she gained experience while working in many leading dailies and news channels including Sunday magazine, Eenadu Telugu television channel. After the death of her fathers, she assumed the charge of Lankesh Patrike and justified her role as an editor of the tabloid. She left the tabloid when the differences developed between Gauri and her brother Indrajit over the paper's ideology. Accused of favoring naxalites through the paper, she started her own Kannada weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike.
Ms Lankesh, renowned for speaking her mind was an ardent supporter of free speech. Known for strong journalistic ethics, her works were popular in all quarters, her critics alike. She was a staunch critic of the right-wing Hindutva politics. She also denounced caste system. As a journalist she wrote extensively against corruption and highlighted the wrongdoings of the Indian National Congress leader D. K. Shivakumar, a close associate of the former Chief Minister S. M. Krishna. Recently in November 2016, she was found guilty in a defamation involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and had been sentenced to six months in jail. She was out on bail.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on 5th September 2017 at her Rajarajeshwari Nagar's residence in Bengaluru. According to news reports three unidentified men on motorbikes shot her to death while she was unlocking the main door of her house after returning from her office, at around 8 pm. She died on the spot.
People from all walks of life condemned the death of senior Kannada journalist and social activist Gauri Lankesh.
CM of Karnataka: Shocked to learn abt murder of tall progressive force & senior journalist Gauri Lankesh. Such cold blooded acts deserve highest condemnation
I have spoken with the DGP, and instructed him to ensure prompt and thorough investigation to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Mamata Banerjee: Saddened at the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Most unfortunate. Very alarming. We want justice
Kiran Mazumdar Shaw: Shocking and blood curdling to hear about the murder of Gauri Lankesh. These monstrous criminals must be nailed n dealt with sternly
Vir Sanghvi: As a friend, colleague & admirer for decades shocked & shattered to hear of the murder of Gauri Lankesh,one of India's gutsiest journalists
Rahul Verma: Heroes are never perfect, but they're brave, they're authentic, they're courageous, determined
Yogendra Yadav: Pansare, Kalburgi and now Gauri Lankesh!
Same pattern: shot by masked men
Same motive: Silence voices of dissent?
Same forces? https://twitter.com/pbhushan1/status/905093144072433664
Kavita Krishnan: Shocked & angry - after Dabholkar, Pansare, Kalburgi, journalist @gaurilankesh bravely writing against Sangh, shot dead in Bengaluru
Shabana Azmi: Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside her home. Shocking, devastating. Dabholkar, Pansare (and) Kalburgi culprits must be punished.
Shekhar Kapur: To kill someone for their views is not democracy, its beginnings of a Banana Republic, where violence speaks louder than words. #Gauri Lankesh.
Renuka Shahane: Another liberal, rational voice snuffed out by 'unidentified assailants'. Gauri Lankesh RIP. Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Pansare. Who killed them?
Shirish Kunder: When "intellectual" becomes an abuse, words are replied with bullets. RIP. #Gauri Lankesh.
Dia Mirza: This is deeply disturbing. Culprits must be found and punished. #Gauri Lankesh.
(FOLLOWER OF Ms. GAURI LANKESH)
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