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INSAF condemns the brutal assassination of Gauri Lankesh

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INSAF condemns the brutal assassination of Gauri Lankesh

Gauri vociferously fought for the causes of the exploited and oppressed peoples, the poor and minorities hounded and massacred by corporate and Hindutva forces. Her pen and voice amplified the yearnings of all progressive people of the world to create an economically equitable, socially just and ecologically sustainable human society. We cherish her activism and strive harder to take forward the struggle.

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Condemnation Statement by BAA
Bhumi Adhikar Andolan (BAA) strongly condemns the heinous killing of senior journalist Gauri lankesh. Gauri was shot dead in the evening of 5th September 2017 her residence in Bengaluru’s Rajarajeshwari Nagar. She was the editor of ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrika’ a weekly Kannada journal, besides owning some other publications. She also continued to write on and engage with various social and developmental issues and constantly raised her voice against injustices. She continued the legacy of her father P. Lankesh, an eminent journalist and a well known writer and literary critique. Gauri Lankesh was a bold and unflinching independent journalist who wrote tirelessly against communal fascists in India and she was assassinated because of her sharp writing, bold views and unequivocal nature in criticizing communalism and Hindutva politics.

She was also convicted of criminal defamation for an article that she had published in 2008. BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and Umesh Dhursi had raised objections against it, which resulted in a six-month sentence and fine for Gauri Lankesh. She had received bail on the same day. But this attempt to silence her from questioning the fascist forces didn’t demoralize her. Standing for the values of republic; pluralism, democracy, debate without violence; Gauri always remained the flag bearer of freedom of expression. Hers, including the murders of writers and rationalists including Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and MM Kalburgi, is a targeted political assassination meant to keep an atmosphere of terror against those who question the system standing by the oppressed.

Bhumi Adhikar Andolan demands for timely investigation and immediate actions against all those guilty of conspiring and committing such appalling crime and thorough investigation of the roles of unlawful terror organizations involved in provocation and conspiration.  

Gauri speaking at our national convention of human rights defenders on "Reclaiming Rights and Asserting Freedoms" in March 2016, New Delhi

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