Gauri Lankesh

1962 - 2017

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Gauri Lankesh (29 January 1962 – 5 September 2017) was an Indian journalist-turned-activist from Bangalore, Karnataka. She worked as an editor in Lankesh Patrike, a Kannada weekly started by her father P. Lankesh, and ran her own weekly called Gauri Lankesh Patrike. She was assassinated outside her home in Rajarajeshwari Nagar on 5 September 2017. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gauri Lankesh has received more than 1,472,926 page views. Her biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Gauri Lankesh is the 504th most popular social activist (down from 408th in 2019), the 888th most popular biography from India and the 34th most popular Indian Social Activist.

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Among social activists, Gauri Lankesh ranks 504 out of 544Before her are Reyhaneh Jabbari, David Kato, Peter Tatchell, Ronan Farrow, Anna Hutsol, and Nathan Law. After her are Asmaa Mahfouz, Ahed Tamimi, Nikolay Alexeyev, Sonita Alizadeh, Lamiya Haji Bashar, and Enric Duran.

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Among people born in 1962, Gauri Lankesh ranks 612Before her are Takayuki Fujikawa, Mark Linkous, Om Birla, Matt Mead, Michael T. Good, and Ravi Shastri. After her are Robert Curbeam, Steven Brill, Rex J. Walheim, Ram Gopal Varma, Sarika, and Alan Johnston. Among people deceased in 2017, Gauri Lankesh ranks 534Before her are Scott Putesky, Fredy Schmidtke, Jay Thomas, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Serge Baguet, and Bharati Mukherjee. After her are Cristina Adela Foișor, Simon Dickie, Jérôme Golmard, Roy Halladay, Julia Perez, and Grant Hart.

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Among people born in India, Gauri Lankesh ranks 888 out of 1,227Before her are Ravi Shastri (1962), Smriti Irani (1976), Shreya Ghoshal (1984), Arnab Goswami (1973), Roopa Ganguly (1966), and Bharati Mukherjee (1940). After her are Vinod Khosla (1955), Ram Gopal Varma (1962), Adil Hussain (1963), Sarika (1962), Emraan Hashmi (1979), and Deepti Naval (1952).


Among social activists born in India, Gauri Lankesh ranks 34Before her are Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale (1947), Veerappan (1952), Nirmala Deshpande (1929), Shivakumara Swami (1907), Medha Patkar (1954), and Jadav Payeng (1963). After her are Irom Chanu Sharmila (1972), Sunitha Krishnan (1972), and Laxmi Agarwal (1990).