Senior Kannada weekly tabloid Editor and social activist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on the night of September 5, 2017 by unidentified men at her residence. She was 55-years-old. She was shot dead from a close range at her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar (in the suburbs) around 8 p.m. According to initial reports, three unidentified assailants fired three to five bullets at Lankesh, with one hitting her in the forehead and another in the chest, and fled as she collapsed on the spot
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Gauri Lankesh was known for her outspoken nature and positive attitude. She would voice her opinion against communal politics and the caste system. A critic of right-wing Hindutva politics, her works were published in a number of publications
Gauri started her career as a journalist with The Times of India in Bangalore. She then moved to Delhi with her husband, Chidanand Rajghatta. She returned to Bangalore, where she worked as a correspondent for the Sunday magazine for nine years. She also worked for the Eenadu's Telugu television channel
Gauri Lankesh was the daughter of famous poet-turned-journalist P Lankesh (Palyada Lankeshappa), who began Lankesh Patrike. When their father P. Lankesh died, Gauri and her brother Indrajit visited Mani, the publisher of Lankesh Patrike to stop the publication. Mani convinced them to drop the idea. Gauri Lankesh then became the editor of Lankesh Patrike, while her brother Indrajit handled the publication's business affairs
Things went sour between the siblings when Indrajit accused Gauri Lankesh of promoting Naxalism through the weekly. Gauri Lankesh countered the argument by saying that her brother is opposing her social activism. She eventually started her own weekly 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike'
The editor of 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike' a weekly Kannada tabloid, Gauri Lankesh also owned a number of other publications. Her tabloid, 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike’ was known for its unique content and did not take any advertisements. It was run by a group of 50 people
Gauri Lankesh, at a rally to ban communal groups in Mangalore in 2012, criticised Hinduism and said it is 'not a religion but a system of hierarchy in society', where 'women are treated as second-class creatures'
In November 2016, BJP MP Prahlad Joshi and Umesh Dhusi had raised objections against a piece Gauri Lankesh had written. Gauri Lankesh subsequently faced a suit of criminal defamation for which she was asked to pay a fine and was handed a six-month sentence. She managed to get bail the same day
A strong advocate of freedom of press, Gauri Lankesh said in one of her interviews that she was worried about the state of freedom of expression in the country. She also said that she was concerned about how people were being targeted for their ideology. Active on Twitter, the journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh 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? "
Gauri Lankesh was also active in warning her followers on Twitter about fake posts. In one such post she wrote, "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"
Renowned journalist, Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by a group of assailants outside her home in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017. On her first death anniversary, we take a look at her life and thoughts and a few struggles
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