25 April 2007

Mind Your own Business

I think we need to tell the British to mind their own business and not poke their filthy noses at our internal affairs. (Link)

Afzal attacked our highest seat of democracy. He deserved the verdict. As simple as that.

K.Shyam

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 7:33 PM

7 Comments

  1. Blogger Suresh posted at Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 1:13:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Actually, 'our highest seat of democracy' is yet another misused cliche. The people who sit there themselves do not have much respect for it!! 11 MPs have been caught taking money for asking questions there. 4 more MPs are in the net for misusing their Diplomatic passport.

    After all, we Indians tend to think too much about our institutions! Any institution is worth as much as its members!

    Having said that I would still support death sentence to somebody who kills other people.
  2. Blogger Balaji posted at Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 7:07:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    hmm...I don't think Afzal deserves to be hanged. India is supposed to hang people who commit 'rarest or rare' crimes. There are a zillion terrorists attacks every year in India. Simply because this was the parliament, it cannot be called a rare crime. In anycase this Afzal at the most helped the attackers. Not sure that is punishable by death.

    About Europe raising this issue, yes we might think its intruding our internal affair. But then EU takes human rights seriously and most (if not all) countries in Europe have outlawed death penalty. So it should surprise us that some EU politicians are raising this.
  3. Blogger Balaji posted at Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 7:10:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    oops, that shud read "should not surprise us"
  4. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 9:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Balaji:
    "Simply because this was the parliament, it cannot be called a rare crime"

    Wrong. We cannot allow anyone to get an impression that they can attack our parliament and get away with it. And the only deterrent to it is death. Period.

    So what if EU had outlawed death penalty ? Will the French keep quiet if someone bombs their parliament ? Atleast we are transparent that we are giving death penalty. Some other country would have staged encounters.

    K.Shyam
  5. Blogger Balaji posted at Thursday, April 26, 2007 at 11:17:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    >> Wrong. We cannot allow anyone to get an impression that they can attack our parliament and get away with it. And the only deterrent to it is death. Period.

    And I would accept that India is a 'great' country when educated people like you stop thinking like this!

    Besides trying to scare terrorists who are anyway coming on suicide missions with death penalty is a joke.

    I guess I found this quote only thru your link. "Don't fight with the pig. Both will get dirty, but the pig likes it!". Countries should stand tall in delivering justice and not try to score brownie points by killing Afzals.

    Disclaimer: I have no issues with hanging Dhanjoy Chatterjee although 'my great india' would have avoided even that.
  6. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Friday, April 27, 2007 at 12:46:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    "Besides trying to scare terrorists who are anyway coming on suicide missions with death penalty is a joke."

    Wrong again. No on is trying to score brownie points here.
    Suicide mission ? Did afzal act as a human bomb himself ? He tried to use someone else to do that. He was the mastermind. If he was not, he could have proved it in court. And to top it all, he first accepts the fact that he was the brain behind all this and refuses to hire a lawyer. What was he thinking ? That he would just go to jail ? When the verdict comes out that he is to be sentenced to death, he now writes mercy petitions.

    Who are terrorists ? Ask any of our Indian Army guys and they will tell you that they are no different from normal human beings.

    So, how do we prevent common people from turning terrorists ? By verdicts like these which will, for sure, act as deterrents.

    But, all said and done, the verdict of the court has to be carried out.

    I close my arguments with this.
    K.Shyam

    PS: Who the heck is bothered about your acceptance of a fact that India is a great country ?
  7. Blogger Balaji posted at Friday, April 27, 2007 at 5:14:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    hmm... trying to make examples for others by killing someone beats the concept of justice.

    laymen and judiciary should not think like armed forces. For a soldier its a question of 'life and death' at worst or performing his duty at best. So he has every right to kill an armed insurgent whom he encounters. But the Judiciary should be a lot more (shall we say) judicious!

    if afzal has appealed for mercy only after the judgement, its still theoretically the victory of the judiciary. after all punishment is meted out only to make him realize his mistake. if he doesn't realize, both the death penalty and life sentence are ineffective!

    ps: yeah no one is bothered about my acceptance. am just an average indian concerned about some of his fellow country men's blood thirst.

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