Mukul Kesavan is a writer who teaches colonial Indian history at the Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

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India: Assassinating Dissent

People protesting the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Kolkata , India, September 7, 2017

Four journalists—most recently Gauri Lankesh—have been murdered in India. While it’s reasonable to be concerned about the impact of these killings on free speech and journalism, to see them primarily as an extreme form of censorship is to underestimate the enormity of the crime. Their murders look more like ideological assassinations designed to punish intellectual dissent.