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...There is still mystery shrouding the fatal attack on Kalburgi. Before that has been unravelled another similar murder has taken place in the same state of Karnataka. Both these victims of unidentified bullets were upholders of secularism and egalitarianism – and crusaders against cant, convention and superstition. Kalburgi had spoken to me a couple of days before he was killed. I had known him for years because both of us were students of pre-modern Kannada culture and literature. On rare occasions, we also exchanged notes. Gauri was the daughter of one of my teachers, also a great Kannada writer and journalist, Lankesh. Her father inspired many writers and thinkers of my generation. He innovated prose and poetry and revolutionised Kannada journalism singlehandedly. Gauri was the symbol of socialist, secularist and humanist values that she inherited from her great father. ...TOI on Sept. 7, 2017, 2 a.m.