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In their competitive pre-poll mode, the government and the BJP seem to have overlooked the mitigating factors about Afzal Guru to establish their strong counter-terrorism credentials


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1/D-10
Feb 14, 2013
03:10 AM

 In United States, under similar conditions, the state, media and the political parties would focus on the plight of the families of the security forces who were killed in the attack, to which Mr Afzal was an accomplice.  The sentencing and execution would be justified as bring justice to the families of the people killed by the attack.

In India, its totally perverse. There is hardly any coverage of the families who lost their bread winner or father or son in the attack. All the media attention and sympathy seems to be reserved for the accomplice to the attack.

Gurudev Shorey
Houston, United States
2/D-42
Feb 14, 2013
10:24 AM

The strong counter-terrorism credentials of bjp are evident from the facts that :

1. People in bjp ruled state, namely Punjab, openly eulogise slain terrorists and its relatives are honored.

2. Its coalition partner actively prevents hanging of a terrorist convicted of killing martyr Beant Singh.

3. It actively shields terrorists indited in terrorist activities and attacks the Home Minister on the issue.

kishoredasmunshi
Kolkatta, India
3/D-59
Feb 14, 2013
11:31 AM

"The strong counter-terrorism credentials of bjp are evident from the facts that :
1. People in bjp ruled state, namely Punjab, openly eulogise slain terrorists and its relatives are honored."
BJP does not rule PUNJAB, its akali. They are BJP partner jut like muslim league is a partner of congress in Kerala
 

2. Its coalition partner actively prevents hanging of a terrorist convicted of killing martyr Beant Singh.
Now it is about coalition partner. MUSLIM league had been coalition partner of congress way longer than akalis are coalition partner of BJP


3. It actively shields terrorists indited in terrorist activities and attacks the Home Minister on the issue.
Yeh, Binderwala was not just shielded, but created by congress for political purpose. Then same congress killed shiks in 1984!


That is the nature of politics in India be it Congress or BJP.

I Wonder why you are selective!

Pramod
Phoenix, United States
4/D-67
Feb 14, 2013
01:17 PM

I cannot evaluate the mitigating circumstances that Mr. Raman cites in favour of Afzal, but I do feel that if a major political party makes it a political issue by championing "immediate execution", a competitive pre-poll tussle is set up to show who is stronger in dealing with terrorism. This does not serve the cause of justice.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
5/D-78
Feb 14, 2013
02:59 PM

The mitigating factors were examined by the Supreme Court and discarded, end of discussion. The stupidity of the mercy petition rule is that it is now seen as the right of an accused to be pardoned and not a discretionary power of the President. The President seems to have emerged as a super Judiciary. The earlier the courts clarify and more importantly restrict the mercy powers of the President, the better it is

Shubhang
Delhi, India
6/D-93
Feb 14, 2013
05:54 PM

 Mr Raman's lip sympathy is not warranted.He knows fully well how his IB to which he belongs carries out their sinsiter plots against Muslims to help the RSS/BJP cause,The cause of Hindutva.He knows well BJP itching for a war with Pakistan in order to come out winners in elections planned and implicated Muslims in the Parliament attack!IB's notorious role will be written in the history books of India with Raman as a co-facilitator.If ever the truth comes out that will another huge setback to BJP.Hence the secrecy.

This is similar to what the SIT under no other than Ragahavan implicated innocent Muslims in the Godhra train carnage which was the handiwork of VHP.If this truth ever comes out Modi and BJP will be gone.Longlive lies and atrocities.

Nasar Ahmed
Karikkudi, India
7/D-8
Feb 15, 2013
01:22 AM

 Glad the columnist's sober voice is joining those of liberal persuasion who might lack his domain knowledge and experience. 

ashok lal
mumbai, India
8/D-16
Feb 15, 2013
04:16 AM

A very good synopsis, Mr Raman. At least some fresh air is blowing here.

You have gone as far as you can as an ex-official, thank you.

Pinaki S Ray
Adelaide, Australia
9/D-54
Feb 15, 2013
06:23 PM

B Ramanji was the first and last person who called ULFA as Hindu Terrorist....

Read what Wikipedia says about this man..

" He is a firm believer of Gandhi-Nehru dynastic rule, and has often proposed it as a solution to many of India's political uncertainties and socio-economic woes."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B._Raman

Read letters exchanged between Raman and Italian Waitress..

http://ramanstrategicanalysis.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/call-priyanka-open-letter-to-sonia.html

Jaykumar
Ahmedabad, India
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