Murder of outspoken journalist a political killing

The murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh earlier this week in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru, is widely seen as the work of far right death squads. Gauri was a well-known local journalist who was very critical of government corruption and the growing dangers of Hindu nationalism and sectarianism. In her last column, she exposed how ‘fake news’ is being generated and spread by powerful interests to sow hatred towards minorities and other undesirables. Demonstrations to condemn her murder were held all around India, statements of protest were released by many media bodies, as well as by a number of unions, (see here, here, here, here). Gauri was given a State funeral