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A dissenter silenced

Print edition : September 30, 2017

Gauri Lankesh in Bangalore on March 21, 2011. Photo: K. BHAGYA PRAKASH

A protest to condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh, in Bengaluru on September 6. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Family members and friends at the funeral on September 6. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

December 2003, Chikmagalur: Gauri Lankesh (right) held in detention along with other activists at the jail grounds. They had gone to Hassan to foil the plans of the Bajrang Dal to storm the Bababudangiri shrine on the occasion of the annual Urs. She and Girish Karnad, actor and Kannada playwright, were special targets of attack in the public meeting held next day at Chikmagalur’s Azad Maidan. The Hindu photographer took this picture by stealth as the police had prevented the use of cameras there. Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Gauri Lankesh’s killing, though one in a long line of similar killings of secular writers, activists and public intellectuals in recent months and years, represents in some sense a turning point, a new and significant moment in the growing environment of intolerance in the country.
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