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Noted Journalist Gauri Lankesh’s Murder Condemned: Condolences Pour In From Celebrities

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Karnataka-based senior journalist, Gauri Lankesh, was shot dead outside her home in Bengaluru last night. The 55-year-old editor and activist had reportedly stepped out of her car and opened the gates when the assailants fired at her seven times. Four bullets hit her, one in the forehead.

Editor of the weekly ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ Lankesh was fearless and very vocal about her criticism of the right wing and Hindutva politics. She was the elder daughter of P Lankesh, one of the pioneers of a new kind of journalism in Kannada.

Many reports have suggested that her murder was similar to the murder of other free thinkers like renowned scholar MM Kalburgi killed in 2015, Leftist thinker Govind Pansare in 2015, and rationalist and anti-superstition activist Narendra Dabholkar in 2013.

Celebrities have since condemned her killing, with some even calling it the death of free speech and democracy.

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