Gauri Lankesh Biography
Birthday: January 29, 1962 (Aquarius)
Born In: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Gauri Lankesh was an Indian journalist and social activist from Bangalore, Karnataka, who is best known for her strong stand against right-wing Hindutva politics. She started her career as a correspondent at various news outlets, and later followed in her father P. Lankesh’s footsteps to publish the Kannada language tabloid ‘Lankesh Patrike’, advocating equal rights for many oppressed groups, despite pressures from different sectors of the society. She vehemently criticized the caste system and the treatment of women within Hindu religion. She maintained that Hinduism, instead of being a religion, was a "system of hierarchy in society" which treated women as “second-class creatures”. She was accused of being a Naxalite sympathizer, even though she rejected it stating that her interviews of Naxal leaders were unbiased. She was named as a member of a committee formed by the Congress-led Karnataka government to convince Naxalites to give up violence and surrender. A brave journalist, who was feared by political and religious groups for her ideologies, was gruesomely murdered in front of her house in September 2017.