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Sep 5, 2020 6 tweets 1 min read Read on X
Three years ago this day, Sept 5, around this hour, Bangalore-based journalist and human rights activist GAURI LANKESH was assassinated.
Any squeak in the mainstream media today?
The Hindu, Bangalore edition, today carries a full page, repeat full page, Oped about a Bombay film industry actor who died two months ago and who a lot of us had never heard of earlier.
Deccan Herald, Bangalore's own newspaper, also has acres of stuff on local and Bombay film industry personalities.
Zilch on Gauri.
Almost all of those who were associated with the plot to assassinate her and who also were said to be implicated in the assassinations of rationalists M.M. Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare have been arrested.
But will they face trials in good time?
Given that a party founded by those who draw inspiration from Hindu fanatic terrorists and traitors and one that counts mass murderers and judge murderers among its leading lights is in charge both in the national and the state capital now?
And with mainstream media taking next to no interest in the #GauriLankesh case?

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Sep 21, 2020
Earlier today, sent the following email to A.S. Panneerselvan, Readers' Editor of The Hindu @the_hindu:

In today's edition of The Hindu as well as in too many previous editions, all the articles on the editorial page as well as the Oped page have been authored by Hindu males,...
two of them Tamil Iyengars.
Please also note that those invited to counsel young people on choice of careers -- see advertisement, Career Counselling, Making Career Decisions Simple, Page 3 of the Bangalore edition, The Hindu today -- are all Hindu males,...
most likely all upper/oppressor caste.
Anoo Bhuyan @AnooBhu, who is among those this email is CC'd to, once made an open offer, that if you organise a panel discussion, name the topic and she can suggest a number of female experts in the field so that you can avoid a 'manel'.
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Sep 11, 2020
One last set of tweets about George Bizos, the great South African human rights lawyer and anti-Apartheid campaigner who died on Wednesday:
He had a role in shaping the post-Apartheid constitution.
He may or not have influenced the wording of its unqualified right to life provision in the constitution: "Everyone has the right to life."
Unlike in many other constitutions such as the Indian one wherein a citizen can be deprived of the the right to life through due process, the South African one contains no exceptions. However, it had not expressly abolished the death penalty.
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Aug 7, 2020
About a name: a thread

More than once I asked my mother why I was given the name I was: My two older brothers were named after, respectively, two of the three deities in a temple in a village in southern Karnataka, the third deity being Krishna. So why was I named after Rama?
Turns out I was born in some astrological phase called Jayanama something and so it was decided that my name would begin with the J word.
And thus I got saddled with that of -- going by Brahminical Hinduism's own two major mythologies -- a violent anti-Dravidian wife abuser rather than of a philanderer and war-monger.
Read 7 tweets
Jun 20, 2020
Had the course of history been different, we'd not at all be talking about an India-China border dispute. Tibet as well as Xinjiang (real name East Turkestan) would have been independent as indeed they had been.
While there, how about Inner Mongolia = Chinese-occupied southern Mongolia which would've been a part of the Republic of Mongolia?
And some states in a country due southwest of China enjoying independence?
Also no AFSPA -- Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act -- no licence to rape and kill?
Many other peoples, like the Kurds and innumerable indigenous peoples, in many other lands NOT living under occupiers' yokes.
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