Bengaluru: 21 gun salute with full state honors for Journalist GauriLankesh. Gauri who was known in Karnataka and beyond as a firebrand journalist who never minced words. She was among the most courageous anti-establishment voices in the State, and her uncompromising positions on social and political issues often brought her in direct confrontation with political establishment, individuals and even the judiciary.
But she was never one to back out, despite much hate campaign online and off it, often targeting her as a woman. She was one of the few female editors in Kannada press.
Gauri called herself an “activist-journalist” without hesitation and took up issues that went beyond her calling as a journalist and hard-hitting stories she published .In recent years, 55-year-old Gauri was among the strongest critics of Hindutva politics in Karnataka and was an active member of organisations such as KomuSauhardaVedike that fight right-wing groups.
The very fact that activists and journalists from virtually every part of the country expressed shock and grief at her death is testimony to the love, admiration and friendship she had earned through her work.