Why Gauri Lankesh was assassinated: The story of an indoctrinated engineer

The 10,000-page chargesheet in the Gauri Lankesh murder case is essentially the story of three men. The first one is Amol Kale.
Stylised image of Amol Kale.
Stylised image of Amol Kale.
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This is part 1 of a three-part series on the Gauri Lankesh murder. Read part 2 here and part 3 here.

Amol Kale was a 23-year-old mechanical engineer working in a multinational company in Pune when he went to a Shiva temple for a prayer meeting. Here, he met a charismatic couple with whom he had a deep conversation about Hinduism. This moment in 2003 changed Amol’s life so much that soon he decided that he would adopt a profoundly spiritual Hindu way of life. He quit his job, started selling books about spirituality, joined satsangs (religious events) and listened to speeches promoting violent Hindutva. Amol’s spiritual journey led him down a path of violent indoctrination — and he is a big reason why journalist Gauri Lankesh was assassinated in Bengaluru on September 5, 2017.

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