The September 5 murder of Gauri Lankesh, who was the editor of a Kannada tabloid Gauri Lankesh Patrike was a despicable act. But what stood out immediately after the news about her murder was the kind of journalism practiced by most of the TV channels, newspapers and of course the politicians.
…poor Gauri Lankesh was not even cremated when these vultures were putting their beaks in the flesh of the corpse,” wrote Bisht.
Even before Gauri’s dead body was removed to the hospital for autopsy, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress vice-president who recently switched over to Artificial Intelligence to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was the first to hit the national headlines with the claim that the BJP and the RSS were behind the murder. A host of leaders led by the CPI-M proprietor Sitaram Yechury joined the scion of the Gandhi family and lambasted the BJP and Sangh Parivar for the murder of Gauri.
Gauri was accorded a State funeral by the Siddaramaiah government and it is has to be appreciated. It was a recognition for a journalist who relentlessly fought against the Hindu religion and supported all anti-Hindu forces. But a probe into the kind of journalism practiced by Gauri Lankesh Patrike (GLP) threw some interesting findings. In Karnataka itself, the Patrike was largely unknown. The GLP had a circulation of less than 1,000 copies and was the bench mark of yellow journalism.
Last November, the Judicial First Class Magistrate Hubli sentenced Gauri Lankesh to six months imprisonment and imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 in a criminal defamation case filed against her by BJP leaders Prahlad Joshi MP, Umesh Dushi, Shivanand Bhat, and Venkatesh Mestry.
The charge against her was that GLP in its issue dated January 23, 2008, had published an article “Darodegilada BJP galu” which the petitioners contended as defamatory. The article alleged that the BJP leaders had cheated a jeweler to the tune of Rs 1,00,000 and had threatened him with dire consequences if he made any police complaint. Though the court gave Gauri Lankesh enough time to submit documentary evidence to substantiate her claims, she could not produce anything before the court which led to her conviction. Remember, the Siddaramaiah government accorded State funeral to a convict!
The court while sentencing and convicting her had given bail which saved her from the embarrassment of undergoing a jail term for the criminal defamation case. Gauri Lankesh was practicing the kind of journalism, which specializes in yellow journalism and extortion business. The conviction came in spite of Gauri’s efforts to stonewall the court proceedings because she was confident that her blatant lie would be exposed once the trial is commenced. Even the Karnataka High Court told her to face the trial when she approached it with pleas to scrap the proceedings against her,
Many journalists in India have been murdered by anti-social elements and mafia bosses. In Bihar, the criminal turned politician Mohammed Shahabuddin, leader of the Rashtriya Janata Dal whose boss is Lalu Prasad Yadav, have bumped off many journalists who dared to report his anti-social activities. How many of us remember their names? There is the case of J Dey, a journalist of Bombay who was shot dead at point blank by the hired killers allegedly deployed by Chhota Rajan… Dey was a popular journalist whose name was familiar with newspaper readers in Bombay city. Not a single meeting was held in the premises of Press Club of India or for that matter anywhere in India over the killings of Dey and other journalists. There was neither any candle light vigils too. What made Gauri Lankesh more honorable than other scribes?
Sudhir Bisht, noted columnist and author, who attended the meeting held at New Delhi’s Press Club had written an exclusive article for PGurus in which he has expressed his anguish and disgust over the way “vultures were feasting over a dead body”. “I have never seen people playing such cheap and dirty politics over a dead body. Mind you, poor Gauri Lankesh was not even cremated when these vultures were putting their beaks in the flesh of the corpse,” wrote Bisht. Left wing politics over the dead body of Gauri Lankesh – PGurus.
A tweet by Dr Subramanian Swamy, MP and senior BJP leader, was self-explanatory:
One need not look beyond this comment by Dr. Swamy to know why the Karnataka chief minister refused to order a CBI probe into the murder of the Lankesh woman.
The statements made by Sitaram Yechury, the CPI-M proprietor and Daniel Raja, his poor cousin of the CPI sounded bizarre. The comedic duo of Indian politics blamed the Sangh Parivar for the murder of Gauri Lankesh. If the police investigation proves that Gauri was murdered by some other groups, these self-styled secularists may have to swallow whatever they had vomited.
The observations made by Francois Gautier, French political writer and journalist based in India since 1971 is noteworthy. “A 21 gun salute and State funeral was given to a Maoist radical and intellectual terrorist by an anti-Hindu Congress government which is doing all in its power to encourage Abrahamic and Leftist Fascism in Karnataka.
After a trial running to almost eight years, Gauri Lankesh could not produce a shred of evidence to prove her “news” was authentic. It was a neutral Court which found her guilty of wilful defamation. Condolences on her death, but she was hard core anti-India, anti-Army, and willing to go to any immoral length to score an ideological point to support forces involved in breaking India.She was given a State funeral”.
“Welcome to India, which will be utterly destroyed soon, if you don’t wake up and change this,” writes Gautier.
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