Jagrati Shukla, who has worked with Zee News and Network 18 and describes herself as a “nationalist,” drew flak on Twitter for condoning the murder of senior Kannada journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh.
“So, Commy Gauri Lankesh has been murdered mercilessly. Your deeds always come back to haunt you, they say. Amen,” Shukla wrote on Twitter after Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in Bengalaru on Tuesday evening.
This is not the first time that Shukla, an anchor with ‘JKNEWS 24X7’, has made such outrageous statements on the social networking site.
She has called for genocide of Kashmiris and said Sikhs “deserved” the 1984 massacre.
“If we need to commit genocide in Kashmir Valley to get rid of all these terrorists and their aides, then lets do it,” she wrote on the micro-blogging site last July.
In another tweet, she justified the massacre of thousands of Sikhs in 1984.
“Sikhs deserved that. What do you expect when you breed hate? They killed Hindus for nothing. Although I don’t support genocide……” she wrote in reply to a Twitter user who had pointed to massacre of Sikhs in 1984 following Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
She once called a Twitter user, a “Dalit apologist” and asked him to “clean toilets.”
According to NDTV, Lankesh who was shot dead at her home in Bengalaru on Tuesday, “was part of a group that worked for communal harmony. Her views were considered Leftist and anti-Hindutva.”
She ran the weekly ‘Gauri Lankesh Patrike,’ a Kannada tabloid, that has “frequently been critical of Hindu extremists.”
“Lankesh was known as a fierce critic of Hindu nationalist organisations in her state and was convicted of defamation last year for a piece accusing members of the Bharatiya Janata party of theft. She was appealing against the decision,” The Guardian newspaper said in a report.
Lankesh told the Indian website Newslaundry last year that the “rabid hate” directed at her online had made her fear for the state of free expression in India.
“Unfortunately, today anybody talking in support of human rights and against fake encounters [extrajudicial killings] is branded a Maoist supporter,” she said.
“Along with that, my criticism of Hindutva politics and the caste system … makes my critics brand me as a Hindu hater. But I consider it my constitutional duty to continue – in my own little way – the struggle of Basavanna and [social reformer] Dr [Bhimrao Ramji] Ambedkar towards establishing an egalitarian society,” she said.