On 29 January 2018, Bangalore celebrated Gauri Lankesh's birthday. Her extra ordinary life was remembered by the young leaders including Umar Khalid, Richa Singh, Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar and Jignesh Mevani. In their speech, they warned the Sangh Parivar once again that the power of the pen is mightier than their bullets. That if, in life, Gauri was a threat to forces of hatred because she had the ability to bring like minded people together; now, after her death, she has the ability to inspire an entire generation. The evening's highlight was of course the unannounced arrival of Irom Sharmila, who stood in solidarity with every Indian who is fighting for the spirit of India.