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Who is Gauri Lankesh?

Gauri Lankesh was the editor of ' Gauri Lankesh Patrike' a weekly Kannada tabloid, besides owning some other publications. In her works, she had often voiced her opinions against the communal politics, caste system as well as against the establishment.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 6, 2017 7:47 am
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Senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on Tuesday after unidentified assailants opened fire outside her residence in Bangalore. Known for her fearless and outspoken attitude, Lankesh was the editor of ‘ Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ a weekly Kannada tabloid, besides owning some other publications.

The tabloid did not take any advertisements and is run by a group of 50 people. In her works, she had often voiced her opinions against the communal politics as well as the caste system. She was also a staunch critic of right-wing and Hindutva politics as was evident from her works published in different media outlets. Lankesh was the daughter of famous poet-turned-journalist P Lankesh, who began Lankesh Patrike.

In November 2016, Lankesh was convicted of criminal defamation for an article that she had published in 2008. BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and Umesh Dhusi had raised objections against the piece, which resulted in a six-month sentence and fine for Gauri Lankesh. She had received bail on the same day. Read | Gauri Lankesh journalist who spoke her mind shot dead in Bengaluru

Lankesh who had been a strong advocate of freedom of press, in an interaction with The Wire had said that ‘she was concerned about the state of freedom of expression in the country’. She had also raised apprehensions about how people are targeted because of their ideology.

In her social media posts, she had recently flagged the issue of fake news and propaganda. Taking to Twitter, she had said, “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.”

Related | Civil society on murder of Gauri Lankesh: ‘Murder of democracy, climate of hate, intolerance complicit’

Also read | Gauri Lankesh’s last day: Rohingya tragedy, gay rights, Gorakhpur deaths

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    HOMER
    Sep 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm
    GOOD RIDDANCE OF BAD RUBBISH! Now Allah Mao or Jesus have her! Bharat mata is free of her burden!
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      HOMER
      Sep 9, 2017 at 1:56 pm
      St Francis Xavier was sainted by the Christian Church. He threatened, harassed, captured, tortured, maimed, and murdered Hindus Jains Buddhists by the thousands! Now Pope Rahul and his bishops are looking to make an ANTI-NATIONAL ANTI-HINDU anti-BJP pro-muslim pro-leftist pro-pakistan venomous christian leftist a saint! AND WE DONT CARE!
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        HOMER
        Sep 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm
        Lankesh a venomous ANTI-NATIONAL ANTI-HINDU anti-BJP leftist being mourned is an insult to all those who were killed in Mumbai Kashmir and on the border !
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          jhandoo
          Sep 9, 2017 at 8:23 am
          WHY DID GHORI FANKESH, SPECIFICALLY METICULOUSLY INSULT THE HOLLY PORPHETE MOEMAD (ebuh) ?? . . . . . ANYONE WHO INSULTS THE HOLLY PORPHETE MOEMAD (sbuh), IS WAJIB-E-QATAL . . . . . WHY DID THE GHORI BENGALURU DO THE BIDDING OF THE PROTESTANT CHURCH, WHICH HAS ALWAYS INSPIRED HER TO INSULT ALL NON-CHRISTIANS ??
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            Gometeshwara
            Sep 10, 2017 at 1:36 am
            I have two words for you. The first one is F..K. The 2nd one is OFF. Your so called prophet is a pedophile and should be considered an animal...PIG ?? Learn to take criticism in a democratic country. If you don't like democracy, then get your to Pakistan, another country that loves pedophiles and is full of them.
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              aakash
              Oct 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm
              are you ed?
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              aakash
              Oct 12, 2017 at 2:11 pm
              are you ed?
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              jhandoo
              Sep 9, 2017 at 8:21 am
              WHY DID GHORI FANKESH .. POINTEDLY INSULT THE HOLLY PORPHETE MOEMAD (ebuh) ?? . . . . . ANYONE WHO INSULTS THE HOLLY PORPHETE MOEMAD (sbuh), IS WAJIB-E-QATAL . . . . . WHY DID THE GHORI BENGALURU DO THE BIDDING OF THE PROTESTANT CHURCH, WHO INSPIRED HER TO INSULT THE MUSSALMAANS ??
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