Her death is murder of democracy: Writers

Sep 9, 2017

Mysuru: District Kannada Sahitya Parishat and Karnataka State Backward Communities Awareness Forum organized a condolence meet on Thursday to pay tribute to journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Bengaluru on Tuesday. 

 Speaking on the occasion, writer K S Bhagavan said that the murders of Gauri, MM Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar seemed similar. There are same set of people behind all these murders, he said.

He further said Gauri was a mature and unbiased journalist. Through her writings her appeal was bigger than that of her father P Lankesh, he said. One can pay true tributes to her only by following her ideologies, he said, adding that if Gauri had gone to police regarding the threat calls she had received, she would have been alive today.

Writer C P Krishnakumar said Gauri’s death signalled the murder of democracy. “It is depressing that there are people who celebrated her death. It should be condemned. One has to find reason for her killing, rather than just finding the murderers. Intolerance is on the rise in society,” he said.

State president of the forum K S Shivaram said MP Prathap Simha and former minister Shobha Karandlaje, who always raised their voice against the death of RSS workers and Hindu activists, are tight-lipped about the death of Gauri. It is saddening that Simha being a former journalist used the death of RSS and Hindu activists for vote bank politics, he noted.