Renowned music maestro and twice Oscar-winner, AR Rahman, has condemned the killing of Bangalore-based journalist, Gauri Lankesh adding that the prevailing atmosphere in India did not represent the country he has known.
Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, the 50-year-old music director said, “I am so sad about this. These kind of things don’t happen in India. This is not my India. I want India to be progressive and kind.”
Lankesh was gunned down by unknown assailants as she tried to enter her house last week. She was known for writing against the Hindutva politics.
Her murder had sent shock-waves across India while many Hindutva supporters celebrated her murder. One Twitter user, followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the microblogging site had called her ‘bitch, who died a dog’s death.’
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had then taken to Twitter to condemn the celebration on the journalist’s death. Photos of the vile user, who had called Lankesh a ‘bitch’ Union Ministers Smriti Irani and Harshvardhan were widely shared on social media.
There are concerns that the investigations into Lankesh’s murder mustn’t receive the same fate as that of MM Kalburgi’s. Kalburgi, a known rationalist, was killed two years ago, but the state government has been unable to make a single arrest into the case.