On 5th of September 2017, at 8pm, 7 rounds of fire and one more name added to the list of the assassinated journalist. This journalist was Gauri Lankesh who was an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a weekly started by her father P.Lankesh, also ran her own Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was shot dead by 3 unidentified men outside of her house in Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Banglore. After her death, a debate started again that whether India is not a safe place for free journalists, well the 136th rank of India out of 180 nations in world press freedom index indicates the same.
A death cannot be justified
Along with the debate over press freedom, few more questions also arise soon after the death of Gauri Lankesh, that whether this is not only the murder of a journalist but the murder of an ideology? that she was murdered because she criticizes a particular political party, that she is murdered because she’s a communist, that she is assassinated because she is leftist?
We don’t know who killed her or who is responsible for this but whosoever have killed her should be catch and put behind the bars and her murder can’t be justified in any way. But despite of her cruel murder a part of the social media is celebrating her death which is completely inhuman. Posting tweets against her, and in them using insulting language.
This is not at all justifiable and acceptable, you don’t like that person, fine but derogating that person after the death is completely inhuman.
Is it the death of an ideology
There is one more side who directly started blaming Hindutva, BJP, RSS and Right wing people for her murder. Raising a suspicion is one thing but announcing the judgment that too within hours of her death and without having any proof in your hand is also not justifiable. How could they come to the conclusion when the investigation is going on, and if they have any proof then why don’t they give it to SIT?
Why these people are not looking at the Naxal angle, which could be a possible reason for her murder.
From past several years, she was working actively towards the rehabilitation of Naxalites. Several of them, including former Naxal leader Sirimane Nagaraj, surrendered to the state in December 2015, as did others like Rizwana Begum, Parashuram, Padmanabha, Chennamma, Shivu, Bharathi, and Kanyakumari, before the Chikmagalur district administration. According to her brother Indrajit Lankesh, sources had informed him of a threat to the Lankesh Patrike editor’s life. Gauri Lankesh was working with Karnataka government for bringing the Naxalites into the mainstream further he said that he had been informed that pamphlets were distributed to fellow Maoist that to not join the mainstream.
Above statement of the brother of the deceased clarifies that it is not only the right-wing people who threatened her but Naxals are also not happy with her activities.
Whoever had read her article must know about her anti-religious and anti-caste view, due to this many people are connecting her murder with some of the rationalists like M.M.Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar etc. But in my opinion, Gauri was not rationalist because a rationalist isn’t the one who does not believe in religion but the one who bases their opinions and actions on reason and knowledge rather than on religious belief or emotional response. So what my point is that she was not the rationalist but atheist and similarly comparing her death with the rationalist is not correct, but people are hailing her as a rationalist just for the sake of their propaganda.
And if this is the murder of an ideology than what about the murder of RSS workers in Kerala wasn’t that the murder of another ideology. Why don’t such voice arose on those murders? Is it because it that don’t suits the propaganda of political parties?
A murder which is politicized
Unfortunately, she is not the first journalist who is murdered cold blooded.
Rajdev Ranjan (He was known to have been writing against Mohammad Shahabuddin), Hemant Yadav, there is a long list such of the journalist who was murdered from 1992 to till 2017, but none of those murders were able to attract the attention of media and politicians, why?
Is it because those journalists were not targeting the right-wing?
or it’s because of political parties thinks that those murders have nothing on which they can get any political mileage or
is it because those journalists were working on something which could harm the politician?
This is the hypocrisy of our media. They can gather at press club and invite the people from a political party, they allow to use their stage to a person who is on bail in case of sedition. Why they provided their stage to such people, why they only invite the people of one party only, it that was the condolence meet then why didn’t they invite all other parties.
or it’s because of political parties thinks that those murders have nothing on which they can get any political mileage or is it because those journalists were working on something which could harm the politician? This is the hypocrisy of our media. They can gather at press club and invite the people from a political party, they allow to use their stage to a person who is on bail in case of sedition. Why they provided their stage to such people, why they only invite the people of one party only, it that was the condolence meet then why didn’t they invite all other parties.
is it because those journalists were working on something which could harm the politician? This is the hypocrisy of our media. They can gather at press club and invite the people from a political party why because, Gauri Lankesh is leftist and if so then it is clear that they politicizing her death, they allow using their stage to a person who is on bail in case of sedition.
Rahul Gandhi, vice president Congress, never resist himself from doing politics here also. Criticising the BJP government, he said, anybody who speaks against the ideology of the BJP-RSS is “pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed”.
My question is how can they be so convinced that Gauri was murdered because he had criticized the BJP-RSS ideology? Is there any proof of this and if not, is not he just trying to shine his politics? by putting baseless allegations.
But for political parties, this is not an issue of law and order
A senior journalist is shot dead in front of her house and many people say that this is not an issue of law and order but a political issue. Now the point is these are the same people who said that central government should not interfere with the state government as we have a federal structure then why not they are asking from state government instead of pointing toward the center.
Karnataka is a congress ruled state and when M.M. Kalburgi was assassinated government was the same and in 2013 when Narendra Dabholkar was murdered Maharastra was governed by Congress. If Congress was so concerned and sure that death was happened because of rightist then what is the progress in the above cases?
I totally condemn the murder of Gauri Lankesh and it can’t be justified in any manner and should be investigated by keeping the focus on every aspect. We are free to suspect on everyone but in the minute of her death, a part of media starts blaming a particular ideology by saying as she wrote against that ideology or as she criticizes the BJP-RSS that’s why she got murdered.
But they don’t have any proof on that, even SIT is not reached at any point during its investigation, and making such baseless allegations can hamper the investigation. People follow media so it is a responsibility of media that they should not be biased up to this level. Because with GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITIES.