Gauri Lankesh – a senior Indian journalist and social activist hailing from Bangalore, Karnataka was shot dead by three unknown assailants at around 8 pm in front of her home at Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5th September 2017 when she was returning from her office. The assailants fired three bullets which pierced her head, neck, and chest due to which Gauri died at the scene of a crime. The police have the CCTV footages for investigation purposes.
There were protests over her death in all over India. Several people condemned the murder. Expressing one’s own point of view on different matters which might oppose others’ personal views should not lead to this sort of violence that too in a democratic country like India and Gauri Lankesh’s assassination was a highly shameful event.
For the public to pay tribute, her body was kept at the Ravindra Kalakshetra for a couple of hours. She was given a state funeral and also a gun salute.
Gauri Lankesh was born on 29th January 1962 in Bangalore, Karnataka in a family of journalists and media publishers. She belonged to a Lingayat family. Her father P. Lankesh was a poet, writer, and journalist who established Lankesh Patrike – a weekly newspaper in Kannada language that broke major political scandals. Gauri had two siblings named Kavitha and Indrajit.
Gauri graduated from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.
The start of her career was by being a journalist in The Times of India in Bangalore. Afterwards, she worked for nine years in the Sunday magazine as a correspondent. Gauri was working with a Telugu television channel in Delhi when her father P Lankesh passed away in 2000. She then stepped into her father’s shoes and became the editor of her father’s tabloid Lankesh Patrike. Though she and her brother wanted to cease the publication, then again they got convinced otherwise and her brother Indrajit started managing the business affairs of the newspaper. Due to some differences with her brother, in the year 2005, Gauri started Gauri Lankesh Patrike – her own Kannada weekly.
|2.||Profession||Journalist, Social Activist|
|4.||Date of Birth||29th January 1962|
|6.||Place of Birth||Bangalore, Karnataka|
|7.||Date of Death||5th September 2017|
|8.||Reason of Death||Murder|
|9.||Father’s Name||Paalyada Lankesh|
|10.||Mother’s Name||Indira Lankesh|
|11.||Brother’s Name||Indrajit Lankesh|
|12.||Sister’s Name||Kavitha Lankesh|
|13.||Husband’s Name||Chidanand Rajghatta (ex-husband)|
Rumors and Controversies:
After her father’s death when she and Indrajit started handling Lankesh Patrike, Gauri started having differences with her brother. In the year 2005, an article about a Naxalite attack on policemen was published in the newspaper which was thereafter withdrawn by Indrajit because according to him it allegedly favored the Naxalites. Indrajit also filed a complaint against Gauri for stealing computer and accessories from the office against which Gauri’s action was filing a counter-complaint stating that her brother threatened her with a revolver. Their differences continued and both of them called for press conferences separately where Indrajit accused her of promoting Naxalism and Gauri stated her brother, Indrajit was against her social activities.
Gauri Lankesh was one of the most controversial journalists. In the year 2008, she published an article against the BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and some other leaders in which there were allegations on them without proper proof. A defamation case was filed and Gauri was found guilty. She refused to give any documentary proof of being a journalist it is not right to reveal the identity of a source. A 6 months imprisonment was sentenced but she got anticipatory bail.