Gauri Lankesh shot dead: Twitter flooded with mournful tweets for the brave journalist

Senior journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her doorstep in Bengaluru West on Tuesday evening. Ever since the news of her death reached social media, heartbroken messages of grief and anger poured in from politicians and journalists.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Published:September 6, 2017 3:55 pm
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Senior journalist, editor and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unidentified assailants at her doorstep in Bengaluru West on Tuesday evening. Four bullets pierced through the 55-year-old’s chest, and she was found lying in a pool of blood after she stepped outside her car and flung open the gates of her house at around 8pm. Known for her fearless and outspoken attitude, the editor of Kannada weekly Lankesh Patrike had been convicted in a defamation case filed by BJP MP Prahlad Joshi over a report published in her paper for six months. However, she was out on bail. The 2008 article alleged that Joshi was involved in corruption and murder.

Ever since the news of Lankesh’s death reached social media, heartbroken messages of grief and anger poured in from politicians and journalists. Many journalists also staged protests outside Lankesh’s residence in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar, and other congregations and protests have been organised across the country. Condemning her murder, Twitterati filled the networking site with deep condolences and disheartened tweets. Here are some reactions.

Recently, Lankesh had taken a strong stand for freedom of press and had criticised the “fake news” propaganda. Sharing her opinions on Twitter, she had written, “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? 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.”

What are your thoughts after the sorrowful news? Tell us in the comments below.

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    Ranganathan S
    Sep 6, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    2. There are too many assassinations of the so-called rationalists, seculars and left leaning intellectuals. I had never heard of Gauri Lankesh. She was the editor of a Kannada newspaper and very few must have even heard of it. It would seem that her writings were extremely offensive, otherwise, she would not have been convicted in a defamation case. It seems from the above report that Gauri Lankesh was a strident, unrestrained critic of a particular faith. There have been saints who spoke against Hindu beliefs.They spoke against caste discrimination, untouchability, animal sacrifice and women's rights. Yet, thousands flocked to hear them. No one raised a hand against them. In fact, they were called saints. The lesson is that those who want to reform Hinduism, no other faith except that, should tone down the stridency of their expression and show some understanding of the whys and wherefores and also show respect for the faith that is followed by the majority of Indians.
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