Is India really the world’s largest democracy?

With a Hindu right wing government in power, free speech and human rights are under threat. Journalists and intellectuals are being killed, minorities are being lynched, and a culture of hate, fear and intolerance has undermined basic freedoms. This event will host a discussion the killing of journalists who dared to expose the authoritarian government as well as the larger threat to democracy in India.
‚ÄčIn memory of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was killed on 7th Sept 2017‚Äč.

Kavitha Muralidharan, Independent Indian journalist (via video conference)
Siddharth Varadarajan, Editor, The Wire (via video conference)
Peter Klein, Journalist and Founder of the Global Reporting Centre at UBC
Dionne Bunsha, Journalist and humanitarian author
Moderated by: Samir Ganesha, Director, Institute for the Humanities, SFU

With excerpts from the documentary film ‘Our Gauri’ by Deepu

Hosted by: Institute of Humanities, ‚ÄčSFU, G‚Äčlobal ‚ÄčR‚Äčeporting ‚ÄčC‚Äčentre‚Äč, UBC, ‚ÄčIndian Summer Festival, PEN Canada and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).