Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ajmal Kasab

India as a nation in 2012, after 65 years of existence chooses to punish and execute, by due process of law an ignorant, uneducated and indoctrinated terrorist in a clandestine hush hush manner. To top it all, its educated ministers gloat about it and back slap themselves and our home minister leads us to believe that he decided a month back on the date and chose not to inform the PM or the super mom PM about this decision. Executing terrorists was a routine occurrence and part of his daily chores as home minister. If all this does not qualify to be called bizarre and absurd, then the contention that the Government can escape its fate in Parliament on burning issues like FDI in retail etc. takes the cake. Also the eagerness of our government to take on Narendra Modi and beating their breast and proclaiming "I am macho man"  coz. I hanged Ajmal Kasab (a radical animal like man who was unrepentant and thought that he had been conferred his ticket to heaven).

A mature civilization does not use capital punishment routinely and many countries have abolished capital punishment. But India continues to keep this provision, to be used in the rarest of rare crimes, as we believe that such punishment will act as deterrents and prevent acts of terror. While nine terrorists were killed at the time of the crime their presence and death could not conclusively prove the complicity and active participation of Pakistan in this act of terror against India. The sacrifice of constable Tukaram Ombale, who put himself in the line of fire and actually captured Ajmal Kasab helped India show the world the evidence of Pakistan's direct involvement in the 26/11 attack on Mumbai. Is India a soft state and a soft target for acts of terror and will this execution deter any terrorist?? As a people have we learnt our lessons and are we safer today and more capable in preventing terror attacks??  These questions are far more important than weather we have hung Kasab by following correct procedures.

India is a flawed democracy and has never in its history punished perpetrators of mass genocide, so to say that our democracy has triumphed thanks to this incident is at best a half truth if not an outright lie. We have different yardsticks for different criminals has been proved endless number of times. The state kills in the name of "development" by displacing and uprooting the poor, by neglecting and allowing to rot the whole health system, by allowing foreign MNC's to get away by killing thousands in the worst industrial accident. Our policies of material acquisitions and greed lead us to destroy and kill thousands including our mother earth.

Mercy is a virtue, reflecting positive human values and however bad we feel about the crime that occurred on   that day, we become criminals ourselves by taking the life of another individual. An uneducated 24 year old man, indoctrinated by radical merchants of hate who commits an act of terror deserves mercy in my opinion as he probably does not know what sin he is committing. You may say that Kasab knew well what he was doing and therefore should not be given mercy. But I put to you that Kasab did no really know, that all men are  creations emanating from the same divine source and he was actually part of the same universal consciousness as his victims. In fact most of us do not know or even if we know we choose not to know the fact of our universal oneness. Let the land of the Vedanta rise above petty hatred and eye for an eye mentality and usher in an era of peace and unity among all of us and our fellow dwellers on earth.

These are my humble views and i would welcome debate and comments on these.

Dr. Vispi Jokhi