Two years before her killing, Gauri Lankesh wrote: “No one knows who will gain materially by Kalburgi’s death. But it is clear that it is the right-wing fascist forces that will gain ideologically when reformist voices such as Basavanna’s and Kalburgi’s are brutally and fatally shut down. Ideas, however, never die.”
It takes an assassination these days for us to sit up, get the full measure of the life and work of a person, and cherish her for it. The prospect of getting her own name on the hit list did not deter her. We are left with her ideas, her words—like with Basava and Kalburgi.
As a journalist and social activist, Gauri Lankesh (1962–2017) joined the battle against not just Hindutva but all forms of bigotry and obscurantism. She hosted critical discussions on a range of compelling social, cultural and political issues. Activists from different spheres of social struggle found a ready ally in her. The life and work of Gauri inspire those who still care to speak the truth, especially conveying it to power.
Njan Gauri Njangal Gauri published by DC Books collects the best of Gauri’s writings translated from Kannada, her work in English, as well as the remembrances of people who knew her well, each in their own way. Published over the last two decades, these writings, many of which were originally written in Kannada, offer a rich introduction to her varied political commitments and cultural interests.
The Way I See It: A Gauri Lankesh Reader was proudly released by its publishers DC Books and Navayana. DC Books has published the same in Malayalam marking a renewal of the commitment to seeing the world through Gauri’s bold and unflinching gaze under the title Njan Gauri Njangal Gauri.