19 October, 2020

Sharpened Quills Draw Blood

Gauri Lankesh’s eventful career thrums in the warmth of personal recollection. Will her end, in this spell of medieval illiberalism, prompt a fightback?

Sharpened Quills Draw Blood

I consider Chidanand Rajghatta to be an extremely engaging and gif­ted writer, whether he is writing on politics, personalities, polemics or places. Most often, he goes bey­ond the mundane and offers a perspective which few can.

His latest book, Illiberal India: Gauri Lankesh and the Age of Unreason would surely have been his biggest and trickiest challenge as a writer to date; after all, he was writing about his ex-wife, with whom he had a bitter-sweet relationship, and who, he discovered after her tragic death, had transformed into sort of an icon he barely recognised.

Petite, energetic, humane, humorous, and bohemian, Gauri  was, for close to 15 years, a thorough professional who wrote beauti­fu­lly and objectively in English on any sub­­ject. Later, when circumstances for­ced her to take over a Kannada tabloid, her legendary writer-father, P. Lan­­kesh, edi­ted, she gradually identified herself with leftist radical activists and their causes, which turned her into a passionate...



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