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Afzal clemency & hollow netas

india Updated: Oct 19, 2006 19:40 IST

Mercy or no mercy that is the question!

The common man is quite disturbed at hearing the a hue and cry being made over awarding of death sentence to the notorious criminal Mohammed Afzal Guru, for the conspiracy and attack on the Parliament in December 2001. The death penalty initially given to him by the trial court, i.e. Delhi High Court has been upheld/substantiated by the apex court.

It is equally surprising and appalling to note that even the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, former CMs of the state and a lot of other leaders are also advocating for leniency to him saying that he has a small child and his family will suffer in case death sentence awarded to him, is actually executed. Second set of arguments being advanced in his favour is that - in case he is executed, peace process in the state shall be derailed and there shall be more killings.

All such fake arguments substantiate nothing but hollowness of our political class, who are just playing the politics of convenience. Shame of such “devil’s advocates” who don’t see any difference between the law-abiding citizens and criminals. I would like to ask one simple question: “What was the fault of the eight security personnel who lost their lives while defending Parliament? Why any other officer (be in police or military) be ready to sacrifice his life in case these leaders are ultimately going to defend anti-social elements? It must be borne in mind that all people engaged in safeguarding our boarders and civilian people are not doing so just to earn salaries. There is a lofty spirit of nationalism and patriotism behind their psyche, which motivates them to do their duty honestly and earnestly. And we are all leading a peaceful life because of such good people only.

Thirdly, anybody who advocates clemency for terrorists or for that matter, any anti-social element, does not deserve to be in public life. These leaders irrespective of political party, to which they belong, should surrender their security guards as they are risking their lives for the undeserving people. And these leaders should better defend themselves who openly sympathise with the terrorists.

And lastly, the President of India is requested not to pay any heed to the pleas/arguments of the people who advocate murders of the law-abiding citizens. They deserve to be treated at par with the criminals who are facing charges of murder and killings. If India wants to get rid of murderers and terrorists, it must show the world that we are really determined to punish such anti-social people and are also capable of taking some hard decisions, if time warrants so.

Nobody in the world is going to save you in case you are not able to help yourself.