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Week since murder, over 10,000 rally in Bengaluru, declare: I am Gauri

Targeting the Prime Minister, Swami Agnivesh said, “The general secretary of UN Human Rights Council has condemned Gauri Lankesh’s killing. I wish PM Narendra Modi would have spoken a word on it.”

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru | Published: September 13, 2017 2:57 am
Condemning the act of celebrating and justifying Lankesh’s murder by a section of supporters from the Sangh Parivar, Sanatan Sanstha and the Sri Ram Sena, a statement issued at the meeting said, “We, at the resistance meeting, condemn this inhuman behaviour, which is not supported by any religious teaching.”

A week after journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru, more than 10,000 people took part in a rally in the city in Tuesday, each saying “I am Gauri”, and pointing out that “communal forces have taken the country to the brink of fascism”. “For the past one-and-a-half decades, Gauri Lankesh was at the forefront of struggles against anti-constitutional and anti-human elements. Not only that, there have been serial murders of several progressive thinkers who upheld the values of our constitution,” the protesters announced at the meeting.

They urged the Karnataka government and the police to fast-track the probe into the murder of Lankesh, 55, and others before her. Condemning the act of celebrating and justifying Lankesh’s murder by a section of supporters from the Sangh Parivar, Sanatan Sanstha and the Sri Ram Sena, a statement issued at the meeting said, “We, at the resistance meeting, condemn this inhuman behaviour, which is not supported by any religious teaching.”

The resistance meeting followed a protest walk across Bengaluru’s old city areas. It featured, among others, 99-year-old freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, writers Devanuru Mahadeva and Uday Prakash and actor and Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad among several literary personalities from Karnataka; retired judges Justice Venkatachalaiah and Justice Sadashiva; journalists P Sainath, Siddharth Varadarajan, Sagarika Ghose; economist Irfan Ali Engineer, Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan; CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury; activists Teesta Setalvad, Medha Patkar, Swami Agnivesh, Kavita Krishna; Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani; and Lingayat seers Thontadarya Swami Nidumadi and Murugamut Swami Shivamurthy.

Targeting the Prime Minister, Swami Agnivesh said, “The general secretary of UN Human Rights Council has condemned Gauri Lankesh’s killing. I wish PM Narendra Modi would have spoken a word on it.” Stating that Lankesh regarded him as her son, Dalit leader Mevani vowed to fight until his last breath to help growth of progressive thinking in India.

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    maryanne
    Sep 14, 2017 at 2:22 pm
    For all those who do sure of who did it, it may come to them as a surprise when the investigation is completed.
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      md abdus salam bunty
      Sep 14, 2017 at 12:13 pm
      I AM GOURI ✊✊✊
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        sahil
        Sep 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm
        well done to the organisers of the protest march, Inqalab Zindabad
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          Indian
          Sep 13, 2017 at 12:41 pm
          Strange people, these are, calling Hindus communal and silent on Kashmir Hindus taking shelter in some other state and some northeastern states where Christians are the majority, they are killing minority Buddist and Hindus or converting them by force. The double standard of these - so called seculars, funded by some foreign nation, trying to destabilize the nation. If some one writing against Hindusium and they are called progressive writers like Lankesh and Taslima running here and there to save herself that is called secular forces of India, Jai Hind
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            RAMA
            Sep 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm
            kindly check who released terrorists and took them to afghanistan?
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              Ashoke
              Sep 13, 2017 at 8:18 pm
              Thanks for your reminder to those street-urchins and village s. ..... On a friendship drive with Pakistan, the NDA-I presented the nation with War of Kargil (May-July 1999). Then released dreaded terrorists in Kandahar (Dec 1999). Consequently, nation had to bear the burnt of Parliament attack (Dec 2001), and Mumbai attack (Nov. 2008). Keeping the tradition alive, the NDA-II went on an univited social visit to Pakistan. Then nation got a return gift 'From Pakistan With Love' through fireworks at Pathankot, Uri and Nagrota.
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              Tomar
              Sep 13, 2017 at 11:29 pm
              Taslima had to go back from Aurangabad recently. It needs to be pointed out that Maharashtra is ruled by your Party.
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            3. Mohan Tvm
              Sep 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm
              The mainstream media has turned a blind eye to the ongoing tragedy in WB. The establishment of massive Saudi-funded Madrasas across rural Bengal is only contributing to the growing religious extremism. Implementation of Sharia law is quite prevalent in many villages. In addition, the people crossing the border illegally are terrifying the native population. When fanatic zealots ransacked the office of the renowned newspaper, The Statesman in Kolkata, in retaliation for a mere reproduction of an article condemning extremism, the same Gauri journalists remained silent
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                RAMA
                Sep 13, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                please furnish proof
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                  Tomar
                  Sep 13, 2017 at 11:32 pm
                  They need proof to establish that it was not their ideology driven people who killed Gauri. Allegations made by them do not require proof as they are pure as lotus and what they say has to be the truth..
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