This refers to the editorial ‘A Voice of Courage…Gauri Lankesh’, (AV, September 6, 2017). The cold-blooded murder of Gauri Lankesh, the fearless journalist who was known for her firm opposition to communalism, is aimed to send a strong message to all those intellectuals of the nation who speak their mind without fear or favour. There is no doubt that the killers of Gauri Lankesh were cowards. But they were only puppets in the hands of their powerful bosses who deputed them to silence the intrepid voice that was against the divisiveness. The fanatics who had nothing to counter the strong arguments of the departed journalist chose to silence her for good. This is fascism in its most horrible form. The ascendancy of the forces inimical to the sane voices is a disturbing trend. Those who prefer to stay mum, believing that they will stay safe are in fact living in a fool’s paradise. Sooner or later, they might also fall to a fanatic’s bullet.
Samiul Hassan Quadri
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)