Silencing the Voices of Dissent: ​Hindu Extremism​ ​​and Free Speech in India

November 01, 2017

Kavitha Muralidharan, Siddharth Varadaran, & Peter Klein

Wednesday, November 1, 7:00PM–8:30PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by ​SFU's Institute of Humanities, ​UBC's Global ​Reporting ​Centre​, Indian Summer Festival, PEN Canada, and South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy (SANSAD).

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 critical thinkers are being killed, ordinary people 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.

​In memory of journalist Gauri Lankesh, who was killed on September 7th, 2017​.


Kavitha Muralidharan, Independent Indian journalist
Siddharth Varadaran, Editor, The Wire
Peter Klein, Journalist and Founder of the Global Reporting Centre at UBC


Samir Ganesha, Director, Institute for the Humanities at SFU

With excerpts from the documentary film 'Our Gauri' by Deepu