The Gauri Memorial Trust has announced that the Gauri Lankesh Patrike will be re-launched on March 8, the birthday of Gauri's father P Lankesh. The decision was announced at the commemoration of Gauri's 56th Birth anniversary programme conducted by the Trust at Town Hall in Bengaluru on January 29.
Though the finances needed to re-open the paper have not been arranged, the brimming crowd and overflowing support of people gathered at Town Hall, Bengaluru, gave the organisers immense confidence to go ahead.
However, Gauri's brother Indrajit Lankesh and sister Kavita Lankesh have differences of opinion in terms of the probe. Indrajit arranged a programme on Gauri's birth anniversary at Chamarajapet, while the Trust had organised an event at Town Hall, attended by the likes of Prakash Rai, Teesta Setalvad, Jignesh Mevani, Kanhaiya, Richa, Shehla Rashid, Irom Sharmila and others.
While Indrajit is set to go to the High Court appealing for CBI inquiry, Kavita said that she has confidence in the SIT, which is currently probing the issue.
Kavita also said that now the SIT has got evidence, but it has asked for one month's time to see to it that there are no loose ends so that Gauri's killers can be nailed soon and successfully. If the investigation is now handed over to CBI, the probe will have to start from scratch, which will take much more time.
An emotional Kavita, with tears welling in her eyes, said that currently, she is not being recognised as a film writer, but just as Gauri's sister. "I am completely fine with that because I am proud of her," said Kavita.
But Indrajit said that he thinks the probe is going uni-directional and he wants it to have a multi-pronged approach. One needs to question Siddaramaiah, said Indrajit.
Activist, journalist Gauri was shot dead by assailants on September 5, 2017, in front of her house in Bengaluru. Gauri Memorial Trust was formed by like-minded people with the support of sister Kavita Lankesh and Gauri's mother with an intention to re-open the publication Lankesh Patrike, run by Gauri Lankesh, earlier. The Trust also aims at bringing out publications, which depict Gauri's ideas and ideologies.