Activists, writers and journalists in Kerala warn the public to be vigilant against the communal, fundamentalist and fascist forces as the State mourns the brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh, a Bengaluru-based journalist. Fifty-five-year-old Gauri, who has been raising voice against the fundamental ideologies of Right wing politics in the country, was running a Kannada tabloid ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike’. One of the last social media posts of Gauri was about the State’s secular fabric.
Leaders from various walks of life in Kerala opined that the murder clearly signals that the fascist powers have got a strong base in Indian society.
Well-known author and activist M. N. Karassery said that he heavily condemned the murder of the brave journalist. “Gauri Lankesh has taken firm stands in matters related to social fabric in a democratic system. Her father P. Lankesh was a mufti-faceted personality who was not just a journalist but a poet and filmmaker. The departure of Gauri is no doubt a loss to secularism and democracy. Because throughout her life and career, she has been upholding and propagating these fundamental ideals,” he said.