I was extremely disappointed at the lead story and the accompanying pieces on the hanging of Ajmal Kasab (Dec 3). The tone and tenor of the articles were against his hanging. It’s surprising that you did not deem it fair to include at least one writer who justified the execution.
K.V. Menon, Thiruvananthapuram
When I came to know of Kasab’s hanging, I was stunned. And then sick—watching the whole country celebrate. I put up my feelings as a status message on Facebook: “The whole country is ecstatic. But I am feeling sad. Something wrong with me...or society?” Then I read Outlook’s cover. And realised I was not alone.
Goutam Das, Pune
Kasab’s hanging has brought to fore again the debate over capital punishment, shortly after India, along with 38 other member nations, voted against a non-binding resolution abolishing the death penalty at the United Nations. However, looking at the crime records in countries which cast the anti vote, it has been seen that retaining capital punishment has been no deterrent to crime. Given this, all countries should support the UN initiative—campaigned for extensively by Norway, a country which plays a leading role in global peace initiatives—to eliminate capital punishment. More than two-thirds of the world’s countries have abolished the death penalty, and their number keeps increasing every year. In the latest round of voting, Israel too joined a majority of the European countries backing the UN resolution. It is indeed high time that this primitive practice is wiped out completely in this modern age.
Ramachandran Nair, Oman
Everyone knows Kasab was a mere pawn in the 26/11 terror game. The machinery that dispatched and remote-controlled him is still alive (and kicking) in Pakistan. That is what we Indians want dismantled. It’s an irony that the hanging of a man who became the emblem of the most audacious peacetime assault on India will weigh minimally on the long-term consequences of his bloody assignment.
Padmini Raghavendra, Secunderabad
India could hang Ajmal Kasab only because there were no protests for him like the one by pro-LTTE Tamil politicians against the hanging of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins or the street protests leading to the postponement of the execution of Beant Singh killer Balwant Singh Rajaona. No one’s fooled by this political gimmick of the Congress, which will shamelessly cash in on Ajmal’s hanging in the run-up to the 2014 election.
M.C. Joshi, Lucknow
Terrorists are created by dirty-minded politicians who enjoy unlimited power and vanity in the name of protecting the interests of a community that in turn is often misguided by religious sentimentality. These Frankensteins make monsters out of innocents. Conscience, love, compassion, living in harmony—the very bases on which human civilisation rests—mean nothing to them in their dark quest for power. An eye for an eye cannot be the answer. Countries have to rise above the politics of nationalism and communalism so as to be able to enrich human wealth and trust between communities and nations. Doing otherwise reeks of political cowardice.
Uttam Bhowmik, Tamluk
The government was free to hang Kasab after the President rejected his petition. So why the undue hurry and unnecessary secrecy?
C.V. Venugopalan, Palakkad
Though human rights activists may be unhappy with Kasab’s hanging, there was no way around it if India were to send a strong message to terrorists regarding its commitment not to tolerate terror. Commuting Kasab’s sentence to life imprisonment would only have further emboldened the masterminds of 26/11, who continue to roam freely in Pakistan.
K.R. Srinivasan, Secunderabad
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind is just rhetoric divorced from reality.
J.N. Bhartiya, Hyderabad
Hanging Kasab was easy, will India ever have the guts to hang Afzal Guru, with Yasin Malik already having warned of ‘consequences’ in Kashmir should that come to pass?
Ramesh Raghuvanshi, Pune
I thank the Outlook editorial team for pointing out an important fact through the lips of Yasin Malik: that the people of Kashmir have consciously and collectively moved away from violence to non-violence. This is, in fact, the true homage to all our brave men who have fallen to terrorist bullets.
Gaurab Banerjee, Calcutta
The need to punish a crime is a fair argument, its jingoistic celebration—as was evident across a range of media, from tweets in cyberspace to comments on local radio channels—is not. The Ajmal Kasab case has been a politically charged affair, for which both the government and the Opposition need to share responsibility. Each day he spent in prison was sought to be projected as the weakness of a terrorist-appeasing government. The cost to keep him in jail was bitterly talked up: ‘biriyani for Kasab’ became rhetorical shorthand for the government’s allegedly twisted priorities.
J. Akshobhya, Mysore
‘Lethal man-child’, ‘misguided youth’.... All these adjectives mean nothing for a terrorist who knew exactly what he was doing, as was evident in his swagger. Even the argument that it was premature to hang him while a case was pending against him in Pakistan is hogwash. If their courts had decided he was not guilty, would India have let him go back and become a wheat farmer in Faridkot? Now we are being told that should India hang Afzal Guru, the entire Kashmir Valley will rise as one. Is one to conclude then that you can get away with murder if you belong to J&K?
V. Mahadevan, Chennai
"An Eye for an Eye makes the whole world blind"
goes the adage. But to give adjective lyk 'muslim' home
minister or christian 'defence' minister or 'hindu' President
seems we dont follow 'Ethics' in journalism.
Qaeda has already declared that it has enough Terrorists stationed in Hyderabad and Amritsar .They will avenge Kasab in a month.
First Installment of Blessings of Aman ki Asha and Easy Visa .By the way who are hiding and sheltering these killers in India ?? Await many more.
Time to go to Wagha border and burn candles of love to Jihadi Country .
Analysing the sequence of events will reveal that hanging Kasab might have satisfied majority of Indians but simultaneously the government missed out a golden opportunity to unearth the greater conspiracy and involement of Pakistan in the terror activities on 26/11. By executing the death sentence to Kasab, the government was almost sure of zero backlash either in India or in Pakistan. However, it seems too scared to touch Afzal Guru because of anticipated local protests. The Indian government further needs to clear its considered stand on death sentences since it speaks against it in the UN while following the same in the country.
Jurisprudence is one thing - administration quite another.
One of the points on which the Supreme Court in particular and the judiciary in general deserves admiration is the fact that they do not jump into areas relating to civil administration - which half-baked "intellectuals" (the quotes are pointedly mine) are only too willing to do.
I thank the Outlook editorial team for pointing out an important fact through the lips of Yasin Malik - the people of Kashmir have consciously and collectively moved away from violence to non-violence. This is, in fact, the true homage to all our fellow-Indians who have fallen to terrorist bullets.
May the soul of Tukaram Omble rest in eternal peace.
To hang Kasab is easy target, can government of India dare to hang Afzal Guru?Yashin Mal lick already threaten to Government of India donot dare to hang him otherwise face the sequence in Kashmir.I have no objection to hang Kasab but government no given him chances to in Supreme court to reapply or new request for mercy to President .Why Government hanged him haphazardly.?
"The Congress has always done a great job of hunting with hounds and running with the hare."....Ramki
"The Congress has always done a great job of hunting with hounds and running with the hare."....Ramki
Spot on, Ramki. You have Digvijay Singh making outrageous statements targetted at readers of the Urdu papers and you have their other spokespersons making the round of English news channels stating that Digvijay's are his personal opinions and do not reflect the party's views. You can see it in the pronouncements made on Telangana; each region gets a different version of the party line. Likewise with all contentious issues. It gives rise to the suspicion that electoral considerations take precedence over national considerations.
In case you did not understand the clue here it is - The Congress has always done a great job of hunting with hounds and running with the hare. The hunting part is taken care by hanging Kasab. Running with hare is taken care by other activites - like the demand to remove Bhagyalakshmi temple (near charminar), articles in Outlook on why Afzal Guru should be released to make Kashmir feel good and like..
>> "And it has come just ahead of the Gujarat elections, where the Congress would argue that it has some muscle to show the sole surviving ‘Hindu hriday samrat’ after the passing away of Bal Thackeray."
So, what has Hindu or its "Hriday Samrat" got to do with Kasab's hanging? If not Saba and gang, at least the Editor or the proof-reader should have noticed the oozing bigotry.
Or, is that the hanging of Kasab has pissed off a few sickulars, and yet they are unable to even grunt in public.
In the LaLa Land that Saba Naqvi lives, it is quite possible that conclusios like this -Kasab's hanging happened because he was low caste and Afzal Guru's won't because he is a muslim with brahmin ancestry- are also drawn in the future.
Ajmal Kasab and his LeT trainers and handlers like Hafiz Sayeed should remind us in India that the country is not safe until Pakistan ceases to be a terror state whcih uses terror as an instrument of policy. India should emulate USA and train a cadre of men and yes, women too, and send them into Pakistsn to killa anti India politicians and enforce India's supreme will on Pakistan very right to exist.
All these adjectives 'lethal man child' 'misguided youth 'etc etc mean nothing.Here was an adult terrorist who knew exactly what he was doing as his swagger shows.That hanging him whena case was pending against him in Pakistan was premature is pure hogwash.Suppose the Pak courts decide he was not guilty, would India have let him go back and be a wheat farmer in Faridkot?That the evidence was overwhelming and the leagal ptocess flawless shut the mouths of many.All they can now do is mouth inanities about the fairness of capital punishment itself.On top of other silly arguments we are told the the eintire Kashmir will rise as one man if Sri Afzal Guru is hanged..Which will lead to the dangerous conclusion that you can literally get away with murder if you belong to J & K !! If the Indian Government wants to reap political dividends from this for being decisive it is vastly mistaken. This will not reduce the taints of scams and misdemeanors one little bit.It was just a government taking action although belatedly.That our current External affairs minister happens to be a muslim is neither here nor there.Would it have been better for Chidambaram to break the news to the Pakistanis ? I think not.
The collective conscience of society is a troubling concept in the times of 24 / 7 TV.
The Congress was under both moral and political pressure ( 25% - 75% ) to hang him.
IF the hangin was delayed, the opposition would have won the election on purely emotive religious divide, by successfully fighting the election on religious propaganda.
The Congress would prefer to face them on the corruption plank - in which the opposition is an accused too.
Kasab is a convicted terrorist who was hanged after all due processes under law were completed. It was the logical culmination of journey which began when he embarked on his unholy mission on a boat in Karachi four years ago. No tears need be shed for him.
However, Ms. Naqvi seems highly perturbed by the unexpected turn of events. She expected the Congress Party to keep his execution on hold for an eternity a la Afzal Guru. When they didn't, she questions their 'secular' credentials. The home minister is "preening", Salman Khurshid is referred to as "secular India's 'Muslim' foreign minister,"
However, when talking of Kasab, she says, "Kasab therefore had come to India fully prepared to be martyred in the name of jehad." It is pertinent to note that she has not used quotation marks for martyred and jehad. This clearly shows her line of thinking.
Now that Kasab's execution has been carried out, there is a distinct possibility that another convicted terrorist, who played a major role in the attack on the Indian Parliament, might meet the same fate. Hence, she raises visions of "Kashmir going up in flames". She probably finds it utterly disturbing that India is no longer a soft state and can take some hard decisions. Looks like she is disillusioned with the Congress and one can detect a distinct change in her political stance.
“Although both meet the same fate, the major difference between “Hanging A Terrorist’ and ‘Killing A Terrorist’ is like between taking ‘Six Singles On Six Balls’ and ‘Hitting One Six In An Over’ – one lets the Bowler bowling on-and-on and the other makes the ‘Captain Think Of Withdrawing Him From Attack’.”
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