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Petty politics over Gauri Lankesh's murder: Why was she accorded a state funeral by the Karnataka govt?
"Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you are at it." – Horace Greeley

The brutal murder of Gauri Lankesh is undoubtedly condemnable. However, the way petty politics is being played over her dead-body is equally reprehensible.

Immediately after her murder, some people propagated that she had been killed by Hindu Right-wing extremists because of ideological differences. Soon the Indian secular industry started pointing fingers towards the RSS and the BJP government at the Centre blaming them for this murder. Karnataka government went even a step further and laid her to rest with full state honours.

However, till the investigation in her case does not conclude, it would be difficult to say whether she was killed by Right-wing extremists or Left-wing extremists. All that we know at this juncture is that she was eliminated by some unidentified murderers who must be apprehended and punished. But then, why the Congress government of Karnataka gave Gauri Lankesh a state funeral? Was this decision driven by petty politics?

Between 1992 and 2017, over 90 journalists have been killed. Why similar state honors were not extended to them? The Indian secular industry has perhaps forgotten that RJD's henchman Mohammad Sahabuddin has also killed a journalist. However, none has the audacity to question Lalu Yadav, who considers himself as flag bearer of secularism in India. Ram Chander Chhatrapati, the journalist who had first exposed Gurmeet Ram Rahim's rape case was killed long back, but was only acknowledged after the Dera chief was pronounced guilty just recently. Many journalists have been gunned down in the Northeast and Bihar, but neither national outrage errupted nor were state honors extended. Here it appears that late Gauri Lankesh was accorded this privilege just to play politics.

Right to dissent is an integral part of a democracy. But the right to abuse cannot be coherent with a civilised society. If you go through various tweets of Gauri Lankesh you will find many objectionable comments made by her against the Right-wing groups and Hindutva ideologues. Right to dissent or right to oppose any ideology is genuine but I don't think that the right to abuse has any place in a civilised society. However, that doesn't mean that one should be killed because of one's foul language. But just because someone has been murdered, it doesn't mean that the person's trolls become the gospel truth and that person, a perpetual saint.

Congress is ruling party in Karnataka and responsible for providing security to its citizens. BJP is ruling at the Centre and has no role in the upkeep of law and order of the state. So why hasn't the Karnataka government been able nab the murderers of Kalburgi for the last two years? Playing politics is not the only job. The state government is constitutionally mandated to provide the citizens the right to life.

From UPA days there is has been a concept of Hindu terror or saffron terror. Both Sadhvi Pragya and Lt Colonel Shrikant Purohit appear to be victims of high level conspiracy. Similarly, Ishrat Jahan's encounter also looked to have been staged for political interests. The Congress which has tried to hard sell the term saffron terror is yet to provided any concrete evidence on it. On the contrary, most of the murders took place during Congress' rule and the party's governments weren't able to nab the murderers, though indulging in politics over the dead bodies.

We have seen in the past how politics over deaths has always bred a special angle of intolerance. If Gauri Lankesh's murder is result of intolerance then people should ask the Karnataka government to resign first.

Right-wing people are being systematically eliminated in Kerala and West Bengal, but none will question that or nor would the Indian mainstream media report it. Naxals (the Left-wing extremists) are killing innocent people regularly but most find the excuse citing that such killings are a result state's oppression. Many are even ready to support terrorists and anti-nationals just to oppose Narendra Modi. That's being intolerant to an elected leader of the country.

If the RSS or BJP is involved in this murder, let the Congress-led Karnataka government nab the culprits and bring out the truth. In TV debates both the BJP and RSS spokespersons have challenged that if there's any evidence, take action against us. However, the Left and Congress aren't ready to speak anything on the killing fields of Kerala and Bengal. Isn't this ridiculous?

I think that the CBI should be given charge of nabbing the culprits of the murders of Gauri Lankesh, Kalburgi, and all other journalists killed since 1990. Most of such journalists have been killed while investigating crimes committed by powerful people. However, politics over dead bodies should stop. And so should this selective outrage by antillectuals. And finally, the Karnataka government's decision oflaying Gauri Lankesh to rest with full state honours should be questioned in a court of law.

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