Gauri Lankesh Remembered on Her Death Anniversary

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BENGALURU — Gauri Memorial trust organised a public gathering ‘Remembering Gauri’ on September 5, commemorating the death anniversary of writer and journalist Gauri Lankesh, in Bharath Scouts and guide Hall, Bangalore.

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead on September 5, 2017, in Bangalore.

Renowned writer Arundhati Roy, Actor Prakash Rai and Alt news co-founder Mohammed Zubair were chief guests of the program, reports the Siasat daily.

Teesta Setalwad who joined the meeting virtually said that the program marked her resistance to the suppression of dissent and incarceration.

“Shockingly the 11 convicts of Bilkis Bano Rape and murder case were remitted by Gujarat government on Independence day this year, whereas the 17 women anxiously waiting for remission in Sabramathi jail from last 14 years are still unheard,” she said.

Arundathi Roy shared her experiences with Lankesh and said, “Gauri was someone who always used to ask me whenever I write; “Shall I translate Shall I translate? I love you.”

“Today we live in a country where people get advantage from massacres. We knew the urgency when BJP and Modi were calling for elections during the Gujarat massacre.” She added.

Roy said that people have to start from zero now for liberation. “The system is broken and the new one will be born in that place, that is the law of physics. Inquilab Zindabaad.” Arundathi Roy said.

Professor Shridhar while addressing the gathering gave a new meaning to MSP- ‘Minimum Speech Permission’ criticising the government for snatching Freedom of speech.

“Today we live in a country where people get advantage from massacres. We knew the urgency when BJP and Modi were calling for elections during the Gujarat massacre.” She added.

Roy said that people have to start from zero now for liberation. “The system is broken and the new one will be born in that place, that is the law of physics. Inquilab Zindabaad,” Arundathi Roy said.

Professor Shridhar while addressing the gathering gave a new meaning to MSP- ‘Minimum Speech Permission’ criticising the government for snatching Freedom of speech.

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