New Delhi. Hundreds of concerned citizens from all walks of life gathered at Jantar Mantar here on Thursday evening to protest against the killing of respected Kannada journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru allegedly by Hindutva radicals.
It was another ‘Not In My Name’ protest in Delhi as journalists, activists and intellectuals blamed the Hindutva forces and their ideology for the murder of Gauri, who was one of the harshest critic of Hindutva ideology. They said her death will only inspire more and more people into action against turning the country into “a fearful dictatorship”.
While paying homage to the slain journalist, Manoj Mitta, former editor of The Times of India, said her younger brother Indrajit Lankesh is trying to mislead people by claiming that she was killed by Naxalites. Mitta said Inderjit is a supporter of BJP leader and former Chief Minister Yedurappah in Karnataka, who had successfully passed half-cooked stories with various news channels. He said that Gauri’s sister clarified that it was Hindutva terror as Gauri was the harshest critic right-wing forces and their activities.
He said she was a staunch advocate of declaring Lingayat as a separate religion from Hinduism like Professor MM Kalburgi, who was also killed in the similar manner.
Blaming the ideology of hatred for the murder of Gauri Lankesh, filmmaker and one of the organizers of the event Saba Dewan told the Caravan Daily that it is the responsibility of the government to take action against such forces which is not doing its duty. “Because of this, these forces have emboldened while we, as concerned citizens, should rise to the occasion and force the government to act against them,” she said.
Hindi poet and veteran journalist Mangalesh Dabral said India has turned into a “terror nation” and the fascist forces are pushing the country towards another partition as they have destroyed the communal harmony. He also severely criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he himself is responsible for encouraging such forces and people. The PM has inducted Ananth Kumar Hegde into his cabinet, who made provocative remarks against Islam and Muslims, Dabral said and adding that one cannot expect any good from the PM Modi.
Dabral was among 40 poets and writers who had returned their literary awards in protest against the growing atmosphere of intolerance in the country last year.
Activist Kavita Krishnan, journalists Amit Barua and Monobina Gupta, and others also spoke on the occasion.
Credit: Caravan daily