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MLA speaks at Surrey demonstration following murder of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh


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  • Surrey–Green Timbers NDP MLA Rachna Singh spoke at a rally condemning the assassination of Indian journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Lankesh was a well-known critic of growing violence by Hindu fundamentalists since the election of a right wing government in 2014 led by Narenda Modi.

She had reportedly been receiving threats from extremist groups.

Gauri Lankesh was shot dead outside her home in the state of Karnataka.

After she was killed, some supporters of Modi's Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party trashed her on social media.

Speakers at the September 6 rally in Holland Park condemned the murder of Lankesh, with some carrying placards denouncing Hindutva terror on minorities.

Organized by the Indians Abroad for Pluralist India, the only MLA present was the NDP's Rachna Singh (Surrey–Green Timbers). 

Her husband, indpendent journalist and Georgia Straight contributor Gurpreet Singh, was there as a founding member of IAPI.

Others present included journalist and broadcaster Gurvinder Singh Dhaliwal, Dashmesh Darbar Gurdwara spokesman Gian Singh Gill, Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Society founder Ranjit Singh Khalsa, Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Sarabjit Singh, visiting Dravid activist from India Waman Meshram, Muslim activist Sayyad Wajahat, Dalit activist Kamlesh Ahir, secularist activist Sunil Kumar, Indian RationalIst Society Leader Avtar Gill, and two veteran leftist activists, Harjit Daudhria and Amarjit Sufi.