As the nation woke up to the tragic and shocking news of Gauri Lankesh’s murder today, several Bollywood celebs came forward to express their grief. Well-known personalities such as Shekhar Kapur, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akhtar took to Twitter to condemn the death of the senior Kannada journalist and social activist. Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at her residence by unidentified men on Tuesday.
Celebrities not only condemned Lankesh's murder, but also the unsolved murder of three other outspoken critics of right-wing extremist ideology -- M.M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar.
Here's what they have tweeted:
Shabana Azmi: Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside her home. Shocking, devastating. Dabholkar, Pansare (and) Kalburgi culprits must be punished.
#Gauri Lankesh shot dead outside her home.Shocking Devastating. Dabholkar Pansare Kalburgi Culprits must be punished— Azmi Shabana (@AzmiShabana) September 5, 2017
Javed Akhtar: Dhabolkar, Pansare, Kalburgi and now Gauri Lankesh. If one kind of people are getting killed which kind of people are the killers.
Dhabolkar , Pansare, Kalburgi , and now Gauri Lankesh . If one kind of people are getting killed which kind of people are the killers .— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) September 5, 2017
Shekhar Kapur: To kill someone for their views is not democracy, its beginnings of a Banana Republic, where violence speaks louder than words. Gauri Lankesh.
To kill someone for their views is not Democracy, its beginnings of a Banana Republic, where violence speaks louder than words #GauriLankesh— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) September 6, 2017
Renuka Shahane: Another liberal, rational voice snuffed out by 'unidentified assailants'. Gauri Lankesh RIP. Dabholkar, Kalburgi, Pansare. Who killed them?
Farhan Akhtar: Shameful. What kind of society are we becoming? Deepest condolences to the family and hope justice is delivered soon.
Shameful.. what kind of society are we becoming?? Deepest condolences to the family and hope justice is delivered soon. https://t.co/OTh49Gztz8— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 6, 2017
Shirish Kunder: When "intellectual" becomes an abuse, words are replied with bullets.
RIP. Gauri Lankesh.
Ashoke Pandit: Silence of INC (Indian National Congress) India leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Randeep S Surjewala, Manish Tewari on the inhumane killing of Gauri Lankesh is shameful.
Dia Mirza: This is deeply disturbing. Culprits must be found and punished. Gauri Lankesh.
Anubhav Sinha: As the news progresses news anchors are beautifully subtly pushing it between 'slip' and 'cover'. Between TMC (All India Trinamool Congress) and Congress. Gauri Lankesh.
Saiyami Kher: Lord Ganesh bids us goodbye, watching the death of a gutsy journalist. He must be so glad he's leaving. Gauri Lankesh.
(With IANS Inputs)
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