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Canadian municipality proclaims September 5 as ‘Gauri Lankesh Day’

Photo: Gurpreet Singh.

Burnaby (Canada), Aug 29 (MNN) The City of Burnaby has declared September 5 as the day to commemorate slain Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was murdered by right-wing extremists in Bengaluru on the ill-fated date in 2017.

The daring editor consistently wrote against superstition and growing fanaticism after the BJP-led government came to power in India. Attacks on religious minorities and political dissidents have spiked after 2014, the current India government’s detractors claim.

Lankesh had also challenged and questioned those in power and raised her voice against state violence through her writings.

On August 27 (local time), the City of Burnaby announced that September 5 will be commemorated as ‘Gauri Lankesh Day’.

Mayor Mike Hurley made the proclamation that describes Lankesh as a “courageous Indian journalist who stood up for truth and justice” and “laid down her life… in her fight against repression and for human rights”.

Last year, the City of Burnaby had proclaimed a day after human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra, who fell victim to extra-judicial killing for documenting the cases of those kidnapped and eliminated in an illegal manner in the name of ending Sikh militancy in Punjab.

Incidentally, Khalra was abducted on September 6, 1995 from his home in Amritsar and later murdered.

Burnaby City Councillor Sav Dhaliwal and former Burnaby School Trustee Baljinder Kaur Narang have been instrumental behind these proclamations that were requested by Radical Desi and other members of the South Asian community.

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