Bengaluru: PM Modi’s silence on the murder of Gauri Lankesh is why Prakash Raj says he wants to return his five national awards — he says “bigger actors” including the PM deserve the honours instead.
Talking about Gauri Lankesh, a critic of right-wing ideology and a fierce advocate of secularism, was shot as she returned home early in September from her office in Bengaluru. The 55-year-old published a weekly paper.
It is worthwhile mentioning that nobody has been arrested yet; the killer is seen wearing a helmet on security cameras at her home.
After her murder, number of Twitter users abused her for her leftist ideals and celebrated her killing. PM Modi follows some of those accounts.
“Some people who are followed by our Prime Minister on twitter are so brutal, and we have A PM who has closed his eyes to it. If you see videos today from Uttar Pradesh, you will be confused if he (Yogi Adityanath) is the Chief Minister or the pujari (priest) of some temple. We have people doing such double roles,” Prakash Raj said angrily yesterday in Bengaluru. “They have given me five national awards. I feel like giving it to them. These are bigger actors than me.”