The tearing hurry with which Afzal Guru was hanged, accompanied by the flouting of all established norms by not giving his family their legal right to meet him before taking him to the gallows, clearly indicates that there were political considerations behind taking this step. More shameful is the explanation of the Home department that the wife and family of Afzal Guru were intimated of the hanging by a mail sent by Speed Post and Registered Post. Decency and humanity demanded that the Union Government give prior intimation to the family and an opportunity to meet him. Such a surreptitious action of the government also deprives the family of Afzal Guru to right to seek legal remedy.
PUCL also condemns the repressive stand of the Delhi police in not allowing a group of people who were protesting against the hanging and detaining them in police stations. We are equally concerned by reports that right-wing goons were permitted by the police to use violence against the protestors. PUCL asserts the right of citizens to dissent and express their opposition to capital punishment in a peaceful manner.
PUCL reiterates its demand for the abolition of the death penalty. PUCL is of the view that India must not retain in its statute book something so abhorrent to human rights as the death penalty. More especially, when more than one hundred and fifty countries have banned or put a moratorium on it. PUCL feels that as the land of Buddha and Gandhi, death penalty has no place.
PUCL feels that starting with Kasab, now with Afzal Guru, the country is going to witness a spate of executions. We give a call to the nation to break this spiral of executions.
Prabhakar Sinha (President, national PUCL ),
V Suresh (national General Secretary) ,
Prem Krishan Sharma ( President, PUCL, Rajasthan) and
Kavita Srivastava ( Gen. sec PUCL Rajasthan0
Thank you to all those who have taken the trouble to read the article and share their thoughts. Out of the arguments made here, there are two that perhaps need answering. So here they go.
1. The first part of the article compares outcomes (relative percentages of population of the religions concerned) irrespective of the process that led to those outcomes - whether immigration, relatively faster population growth or conversions. This was for two reasons. One, to put the figure of 2.3 per cent in "numerical perspective", as the article itself explained. The second reason was that outcomes are ultimately what the crux of debate is about. The rest of the article in any case dealt with process - or conversions in this case, from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
2. Some commenters have tried to cast doubts on the reliability of Census 2001. Those who do this should bear in mind that Census 2001 was conducted by a BJP government. Considering the extreme importance that BJP gives to this issue, it would be reasonable to expect that IF it had perceived a problem with the methodology that was distorting the numbers, it would have fixed it. As the article mentioned, BJP or BJP-supported governments have been in power for 10 of the last 40 years, or about a quarter of the time, and the only reasonable conclusion one can arrive at is that any misreporting of numbers, real or perceived, would be marginal and hence, not of importance.
To all other arguments made, my answer is the following: Please read the article again, with particular focus on the quotations of Vivekananda and Monier Williams, and the history of the missionary efforts in Bengal and their outcome.
What a malicious, mean-spirited and false comment! You should be under adult supervision.'' Faruki
Await the day of reckoning is not far away .
>> Congratulations our Psecu-Jihadi Brigades who have been frothing over hanging of Kasab and Afzal Guru in India .
Now finally Al Queda has heard your heart rendering cries.
What a malicious, mean-spirited and false comment! You should be under adult supervision.
Al Queda has heartily praised the scarifices of Afzal Guru and Kasab for the cause of Islam TV News .
Congratulations our Psecu-Jihadi Brigades who have been frothing over hanging of Kasab and Afzal Guru in India .
Now finally Al Queda has heard your heart rendering cries .
Now await withdrawal of USA from Pak-Af Axis there after the turn of India and Bangladesh will come when wave after wave Whabi Jihadi Terrorists will roll down in India being freed from Afghanistan and Pakistan who have been already subdued by Islamists .
Next stop India Bangladesh .
Finally the whole of the Indian sub Continent will be at the feet of Queda !
Attack on Parl was an Act of War on the Nation. These Human-Right Wallahs are not just Terrorist-Right Wallahs, but also Seditious.
They would've had a slightest of justification in defending such a Terrorist, if they atleast showed some remorse in keeping an un-chargesheeted Cancer Patient, Woman and a "Suspect" under constant Torture and Narco analysis for many years.
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