Gauri Lankesh murder: Is this the beginning of an end of our democracy?

Abomination hit a new low in our country when Gauri Lankesh a renowned journalist and one of the major voices of anti-establishment, was shot dead outside her house in Bengaluru on Tuesday. The police suspect that the attackers were hired killers who committed this atrocious act. There is supposedly a recorded footage of this crime which was caught on of the CCTV’S closest to the porch, where Lankesh collapsed.

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“The CCTV camera (in the premises) has captured the whole incident…I am very confident that the culprits will be caught soon,” said Indrajit Lankesh, Gauri’s brother and a filmmaker (As reported by PTI). The police have retrieved the password-protected digital video recorder from the two CCTVs Ms Lankesh installed for safety outside her home, which is flanked by two vacant plots.

Ms Lankesh was a force to reckon within the Indian journalism circuit as she never shied away from making radical views and statements regarding the social order of our country. Though she faced heavy criticism for her profound views and actions especially after the case involving BJP MP Prahlad Joshi, for which she was sentenced to six months in jail, it did not keep her from speaking her mind out or raising her voice against atrocities of our society.

The murder of Ms Lankesh has generated a tremendous amount of anger and bereavement among journalists and social activists in our country who believe that this an attempt to “silence those who believe in democracy and decency.”

We the people of “Democratic” India should take a leaf out of Lankesh’s book and raise our voice against misdoings in our society, which can be termed as suppressive. It takes courage and willpower to act in that manner, but that is what our nation essentially requires. Individuals like Gauri Lankesh are few. Her demise brings a sad end to honest and powerful journalism.

Kundan Srivastava

Human Rights activist, Author, Columnist, Founder-CEO '' (“India’s leading platform to raise a voice for people to fight against injustice & victimization”).

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