MUMBAI: International famed Indian musician AR Rahman denounced the killing of senior journalist Gauri Lankesh and said that such kind of incidents donot happen in his India.
Expressing disappointment on the mishap, the 50-year-old music composer 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.”
On September 7, a senior Indian journalist was shot dead by unidentified attackers in southern Karnataka state, its chief minister said, confirming the country as Asia’s deadliest for reporters.
“Absolutely shocked to learn about the murder of renowned journalist Gauri Lankesh. I have no words to condemn this heinous crime,” chief minister Siddaramaiah said on Twitter late Tuesday.
Lankesh, who edited a tabloid newspaper, was an outspoken critic of right-wing Hindu nationalist politics.
A Press Trust of India (PTI) report said that Lankesh was opening the entry gate to her residence when she was shot dead by the “motorcycle-borne assailants” in the state capital Bangalore.
India’s otherwise progressive southern state has seen some targeted killings of political activists and scholars in the recent past.
In 2015, India was rated as the deadliest country in Asia for journalists by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.