Daily Editorial Cloze Test Quiz – 52

Editorial Cloze Test Quiz

The murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru has set off a wave of protests _______(1)_______the country; the chill that has set in is difficult to miss. It is a fool’s game right now to hazard guesses about the identity of the killers, but the manner in which she was brutally murdered ______(2)______extremely worrying questions. Her killers caught her outside her home, alone and with her guard down as she got out of her car — they fired at point-blank range, hitting her on the chest and the temple. They appear to have fled without even once getting off their motorbike, leaving no finger or shoe prints, as ‘clean’ a murder as can be. This has the hallmark of a professional hit-job, a pre-meditated assassination. It is the police’s ______(3)_______to identify and nab the killers, but Lankesh’s killing cannot but draw attention to the various constituencies that she kept on notice. Lankesh, the publisher and editor of the Kannada weekly Gauri Lankesh Patrike, wore her activism on her sleeve. She came up against the establishment in multiple ways, as she sought to bring naxalites to the mainstream, take up the ______(4)_______of Dalits and farmers, raise consciousness on the creeping influence of Hindutva groups, give moral support to progressive campaigns, and basically bear scrutiny on those in power. Journalism, especially that of Kannada’s uniquely tabloid-driven activism, has suffered a loss, and her death must be intensely mourned. But as in the cases of Safdar Hashmi decades ago and rationalists M.M. Kalburgi, Govind Pansare and Narendra Dabholkar in recent years, the high-profile death of an activist is a _______(5)________to society in ways that transcend the individual’s specific life story.

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