The video of Gauri Lankesh’s speech that her assassins used to whip up hate

Investigators say that the trigger for the killers to identify Gauri as a target was not only her body of journalistic work, but also this video clip from a speech discussing Hinduism.
Gauri Lankesh
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This is part 3 of a three-part series on the Gauri Lankesh murder. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

In 2016, Amol Kale, a member of the Hindu fundamentalist group Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, forwarded a video of a woman speaking at a public forum in Mangaluru to other members of the group. The woman, in a cream kurta with maroon motifs on it, was Gauri Lankesh, a fiery journalist from Karnataka. In the video, Gauri is seen questioning the Hindu Jagarana Vedike, a fundamentalist group, over an attack. "The Hindu Jagarana Vedike claims to have done this to protect Hindu culture and Hindu dharma. I ask them, what is your Hindu dharma? Who fostered Hindu religion?” she asked. "This is a religion without a father or mother. There is no good scripture in this. Until the British came here and named it, there was no name for it. Is this even a religion?" she said to cheers from the listening audience.

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