Gauri Lankesh was the definitive activist-journalist, someone whose head and heart worked as one to encompass her life. Gathered here is a selection from Gauri’s writings, spanning languages, publications and the length of her career. It flags the unfinished work and uphill struggles that remain her legacy, but also preserves her companionable voice for us to cherish, a talisman and inspiration. She was taken away from us in the middle of life, of living busily, large-heartedly, and with a clear gaze on the world—the qualities that animate this collection.
‘There is a wild flower with petals like tongues of flame called Gauri hoovu. Our Gauri could be as severe as fire but believed that no revolution was possible with firearms’—Rahmat Tarikere
‘Even though Gauri does not live, her redoubtable mind will continue to reach out to readers everywhere speaking of freedom, humanity and democracy’—Paul Zacharia, in his Foreword
‘The real tribute to her legacy would be to keep her laughter alive, to keep life itself alive’ —Umar Khalid