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Gauri Lankesh on last day: Rohingya tragedy, gay rights, Gorakhpur deaths

In her Kannada weekly, Gauri Lankesh carried at least eight stories critical of the central government and its leaders over the last three months. In her last weekly column, the journalist wrote on the Gorakhpur Hospital tragedy

Written by Krishn Kaushik , Kaunain Sheriff M | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2017 11:41 am
Gauri Lankesh, bengaluru, Gauri Lankesh Bengaluru, Killed, Lankesh Patrike, Senior journalist, editor, India news, Indian Express Relatives mourn the death of journalist Gauri Lankesh. (Source: PTI Photo)

The Rohingya refugee crisis, posts slamming demonetisation, a YouTube link on “explaining gay rights to Indian parents”, and another mocking the BJP-led government at the Centre — these were among the tweets and Facebook posts shared by Gauri Lankesh in the last 24 hours. And in her Kannada weekly, she carried at least eight stories critical of the central government and its leaders over the last three months. In her last weekly column, Lankesh wrote on the death of children at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur, and criticised the removal of its doctor, Dr Kafeel Khan.

On social media, Lankesh retweeted or shared posts critical of the BJP and its government, including by James Wilson, a Kerala bureaucrat who has often criticised the Centre’s narrative on various topics — most prominently on demonetisation. In her own tweets over the last 24 hours, she mostly shared web links, including a report on the Supreme Court asking the government why it wanted to deport Rohingya refugees. Read | Who is Gauri Lankesh?

“Why do i feel that some of ‘us’ are fighting between ourselves? we all know our “biggest enemy’’. can we all please concentrate on that,” she tweeted, although the context is not clear. “OK some of us commit mistakes like sharing fake posts. let us warn each other then. and not try to expose each other. peace…comrades,” she tweeted.

Her Facebook profile largely mirrored her Twitter timeline, as both were linked.

Gauri Lankesh, journalist killed, gauri lankesh killed, bengaluru journalist killed, Lankesh Patrike, gauri lankesh background, gauri lankesh death, gauri lankesh work, indian express news Twitter screenshot of Gauri Lankesh’s tweet.

While her Facebook page has a photograph of Dalit student Rohith Vemula, her Twitter header image shows her with Jawaharlal Nehru University student leader Kanhaiya Kumar. Hours before she was shot dead, Lankesh posted a photograph of herself with her father, the late journalist P Lankesh. “An absentee father most times but a wonderful teacher of life — My Appa!! Happy teachers day,” she wrote. Also read | Gauri Lankesh journalist who spoke her mind shot dead in Bengaluru

After she lost a defamation case for a story she wrote about BJP workers she had told Newslaundry in an interview in November 2016: “When I looked at the tweets and the kind of comments that were made about me, I was alarmed…(they) made me fear for the freedom of expression of the fourth estate in our country today in a larger context and not just in the personal sense.”

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  1. Rangarajan Trivasaloor Sundaram
    Sep 7, 2017 at 6:51 am
    The whole Nation wept when Indira was shot dead by her own bodyguards and 3000 Sikhs were massacred in three days in Delhi under the Congress govt.Rajiv Gandhi also was assasinated and the entire Nation wept for the Congress Leader.Today it is the death of a courageous Lady journalist who paid with her life and the killers iden y is yet to be established.Simply blaming the RSS/BJP for the killing by responsible leaders of the Opposition is akin to playing with fire.The silent majority who have brought BJP at the Centre and enabled them to rule 80 percent of the States by voting for them will not digest the allegation simply and will definitely punish the loose cannons who see the colour of saffron in every political murder.
    1. Bhatiye Patel
      Sep 7, 2017 at 2:53 am
      Why so much cry and hue for some one who was convicted felon? All she was trying to do was making her name?
      1. S
        Sep 6, 2017 at 10:39 pm
        IE is making a terrible fool of itself in its usual poisonous rabid anti Modi position. You should see the family's interviews demanding handing over the investigation to CBI as they have no faith in the state Government and threats from Naxals. There are reports that she was about to release some "explosive" investigative reports against the Siddu Government and had met CM for around 2 hours a couple of days back and one can draw his own conclusions from this. All the poisonous left liberals, writers and media like NDTV and IE would be terribly disappointed at the way things are unfolding and would end if an impartial probe is allowed.
        1. S
          Sep 6, 2017 at 10:06 pm
          These merceneries kind of people, such as dhrov saxena, working against human ethos, for money. and people behind them . Should be dealt in stringent way .
          1. Quanta Sanctum
            Sep 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm
            Some who lose debates become prone to violence! May her soul rest in Peace.
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