Gauri Lankesh’s fate awaits you: Sasikala cautions secular writers

Hindu Aikyavedi state president K.P. Sasikala, who is known for her highly inflammatory communal remarks, has urged the writers to conduct a Mrutyunjaya homam (a ritual meant to escape death) at some Lord Shiva temples if they don’t want to meet with the same fate of Lankesh. You better visit the nearest Lord Shiva temple and conduct a mrityunjaya homam.

The speech was made at North Paravur, and the Congress legislator from the constituency, VD Satheesan, has now filed a complaint with the DGP against Sasikala.

CM REACTS: “The statement which cautions progressive thinkers and writers is a reflection of attempts to disrupt the characteristics of Kerala’s society”, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in Kannur. Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala said a case should be registered under provisions pertaining to non-bailable offences.

“One more has fallen, this time in Karnataka”.

Sasikala teacher then went on to say that if RSS had gone ahead and killed writers antagonizing the organisation, India would be wiped out of writers. There is a tendency to put all blames at the doors of the Sangh. She said the Congress was behind the murder of Lankesh as the party was sensing loss in the upcoming state elections.

“Nobody can contain the growth of RSS”. The Congress government has to be blamed for it. She dismissed the argument that the journalist was targeted for having offended the RSS through her writing – “If people who write against the RSS are killed, there won’t be many left to write”, she said.

When her speech snowballed into a raging controversy she launched a damage control exercise, saying she only blamed the Karnataka government that failed to provide enough security to Lankesh. She said this while delivering a speech at a public programme organised by Hindu Aikya Vedi in Paravur. “RSS never needs such a label. It knows well that it turns stronger when they criticise it”, she said. A couple of years back she was stopped from boarding a plane at Thiruvananthapuram airport after the United Kingdom denied her visa to visit the country following complaints against her.

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