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Gauri Memorial Trust opens

Taking off: Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy, along with civil rights activist Teesta Setalvad, former MLC A.K. Subbaiah, and writer Devanur Mahadeva, at the launch of the Gauri Memorial Trust, at Central College Senate Hall, in Bengaluru on Monday.  

The formal announcement of the Gauri Memorial Trust was made on Monday by the core committee members, including activist Teesta Setalvad, journalist Siddharth Varadarajan, writer Devanur Mahadeva, former legislator A.K. Subbaiah, environmentalist and activist Chukki Nanjundaswamy, among others. The trust, which also launched its website, will be led by freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy.

The focus is to launch a paper to take forward Gauri’s ideology, conduct annual State and national-level seminars in her memory; institute an award in her name for journalists and activists working to uphold Gauri’s values and conduct orientations and offer scholarships to young journalists.

Ms. Setalvad said the trust has resolved to make sure that the kind of journalism practised by Gauri, who was killed on September 5, survives. “The fear of death pervades the public spaces today. To puncture it, we need to create spaces of courage and resistance. This is what Gauri did,” she said.

Referring to the Bababudangiri incident, where a tombstone was uprooted by a few young Datta devotees at Chikkamagaluru on Sunday, Ms. Setalvad said, “The forces of majoritarianism are rearing their head as they always do before elections. It is time we demand the expert committee report submitted to the Supreme Court on this issue be accepted and implemented by the Karnataka government.”

Mr. Varadarajan spoke about the unprecedented and sustained assault on freedom of speech and expression, which he said goes beyond what was experienced during the Emergency. “We need to resolutely stand with each other against forces that Gauri fought against,” he said.

Speaking at the sidelines, Kavitha Lankesh, Gauri’s sister, said that she was positive that there will be some breakthrough soon in the case and that she had faith in the SIT investigation.

Public meeting

Gauri Lankesh Hathya Virodhi Vedike will hold a public meeting near Gandhi Statue at 11 a.m. on December 5, marking the completion of three months since Gauri’s killing. “We will demand answers from the government about the killings of rationalists and demand that investigations be expedited and the culprits caught,” said Neela K., convener, vedike, and activist.

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