There seems to be no consensus among Gauri Lankesh family members over a tabloid proposed to be launched by Gauri's friends using her name.
Gauri Lankesh's friends are reportedly planning to launch a periodical 'Naanu Gauri' to keep her legacy alive. However, Gauri's mother Indira Lankesh brought an injunction from the court restricting anybody using Gauri's name for the paper. The court order had also restricted using Gauri's father's name Lankesh in the title, reports Bangalore Mirror.
It is reported that Chandre Gowda and a few other employees of Gauri's newspaper 'Gauri Lankesh Patrike' were contemplating to bring out a new tabloid titled 'Naanu Gauri'. But Gauri's mother brought an injunction from the court as she fears that Lankesh's name would be misused in politics over the ideological battle.
“Gauri was single-handedly running the tabloid. It was her name and her father’s name that is part of it. No one can guarantee that they will stick to her ideas. We cannot allow either her name or that of her father to be used by anyone else,” reports Bangalore Mirror quoting Indira Lankesh. Indira Lankesh had stated that her other two children were also supportive of this.
However, now Kavitha Lankesh has opposed the injunction order brought by her mother and even extended her support to the proposed tabloid. The family should not try to appropriate the legacy of Gauri, Kavitha told The Hindu.
Kavitha was reportedly not consulted using the 'Lankesh' name. However, she did not have any problems with 'Naanu Gauri' periodical and reportedly stated that she would morally support anyone who wants to carry forward the legacy of Gauri Lankesh. It is speculated that the Siddaramaiah government is allegedly supporting the tabloid to be brought out in Gauri's name as Gauri was left-leaning.
Gauri Lankesh was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5 at her residence.