Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Massive rally condemns death of Gauri, points fingers at rightwing activists

Massive rally condemns death of Gauri, points fingers at rightwing activists

The 55-year-old editor of the Kannada weekly publication "Gauri Lankesh Patrike" was gunned down by unidentified men outside her home in Bengaluru's suburbs September 5. She was one of the most high-profile Indian journalist who was murdered in recent years. She edited and published Gauri Lankesh Patrike and also wrote widely in the English press. She was known for her strong views against right wing Hindutva politics.

She also voiced support for the Naxalites, or Maoist rebels who have been carrying out a bloody insurgency against the government. Her death sparked many protests across the country but the largest protest was seen in her hometown in Bengaluru which witnessed the biggest turnout yet.

Protesters marched in huge numbers with I am Gauri posters and headbands. (Credit: Archana Nathan/ Members of the Forum against the Assassination of Gauri Lankesh hold up a banner.

(Credit: Rohan Venkat/ Protestors at at Bengaluru's Central College ground as part of a national rally to condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh. "Footages from CCTV cameras in the neighbourhood show no man wearing the same attire leaving the area within 20 minutes of the killing.We have scanned footage from scores of CCTV cameras, and this indicates the assailant might have changed his outfit", the sources said.

A security guard walks past a placard installed at the Press Club of Kolkata in solidarity with Lankesh.

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"We will come in front of you, we will not wait for you", said documentarian Rakesh Sharma.

It asked Guha to "categorically and clearly apologise publicly" for making such allegations "within three days from the date of receipt of this notice", adding that the organisation (RSS) to which "you impute criminal motives, is a group of highly reputed and well regarded nationalist organisations".

Veteran freedom fighter HS Doreswamy said that a "new era" should be created, starting now.

Activists, writers like P Sainath, Teesta Setalvad, Anand Patwardhan, Kavitha Krishnan, Prashanth Bhushan, Medha Patkar, Megha Pansare etc are expected to lead the agitation. The next story is from Isha Lankesh, and how she goes on talking about how she used to call Gauri "Avva" (mother in Kannada) and how Isha started the habit of reading.

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