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I am Gauri, We are all Gauri

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Date(s) - 05/10/2017
6:00 pm

Opposite Jazz by the bay


October 5 marks one month after the murder of the journalist, rationalist and anti-communal activist, Gauri Lankesh. In the last four years three other rationalists, Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Comrade Pansare and Dr. M.M Kalburgi were gunned down in an almost identical manner. In all these years arrests have been few and convictions, nil. Does our government lack the desire to bring these murderers to book? Is the life of those who show dissent against the ideology in power, safe anymore?

After the murder of Gauri Lankesh, another journalist, Santanu Bhowmick was murdered in Mandai, Tripura. A few days ago Professor Kancha Ilaiah, an anti-caste activist and celebrated writer, narrowly escaped when 30 peoplemade a murderous attack on his car in Telangana.

We cannot wait till there are more murders. We reject the idea that the only way to remain safe is to remain silent. Silence is an insult to the memory of the fearless who chose to speak out for all of us despite the threat to their own lives.

We the citizens of Mumbai, representing various organizations and individuals will meet at 6 pm on October 5, 2017 opposite Jazz by the Bay at Marine Drive, which is a regular site for Yoga by the Bay. We will exercise the same right to public space as those who do public yoga.

Our public yoga will not be to develop a 56 inch chest, but to inculcate fearlessness in ourselves and others in the face of growing attacks on all those who stand for rationality, secularism and freedom of expression. We undertake to be completely peaceful and will not disturb traffic in any way.

We invite you to join us in peace and love.

Citizens of Mumbai

5 अक्टूबर को बेंगलुरु की पत्रकार और दक्षिणपंथी-साम्प्रदायिक ताक़तों के खिलाफ़ लड़ रही गौरी लंकेश की हत्या को 1 महीना पूरा हो जाएगा। पिछले 4 सालों में दाभोलकर, पानसरे, कलबुर्गी जैसे तर्कवादियों की भी इसी पैटर्न में हत्या कर दी गई।
इन हमलों और साम्प्रदायिक-फासीवादी शक्तियों के ख़िलाफ़ मुंबई जैसे उदारवादी शहर के लोग एक साथ इकट्ठे हो रहे हैं, अपने प्यारे समंदर के किनारे 5 अक्टूबर को…जहां अमन, मुहब्बत, आज़ादी और प्रगतिशीलता के गीत गाए जाएंगे…आपस में बात होगी…और दुनिया को दिखाया जाएगा कि हम वो नहीं हैं, जैसा तानाशाह-दक्षिणपंथी सत्ता हमको दिखाना चाहती है…
हम आपसे मरीन ड्राइव पर 5 अक्टूबर की शाम पहुंचने का आह्वान करते हैं, क्योंकि ये वहां होने वाले किसी भी योगा से अहम है…ये प्रेम और शांति का योगा है, जो सिर्फ शरीर को ही नहीं, दिमाग को भी स्वस्थ कर देगा…
-मुंबई के नागरिक

About Vidyut

Vidyut has a keen interest in mass psychology and using it as a lens to understand contemporary politics, social inequality and other dynamics of power within the country. She is also into Linux and internet applications and servers and has sees technology as an important area India lacks security in.

1 thought on “I am Gauri, We are all Gauri

  1. Prasad S.

    Will be there. The forensic report had informed that the Gun used for the shooting of Prof. Kalburgi is the same as that was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh.


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