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Dangerous game

If the plea for clemency is accepted, how will the UPA blame the NDA for capitulating before hijackers?

india Updated: Oct 17, 2006 01:00 IST

Apropos of the report Farooq warns of more terror if Afzal is hanged (October 15), India has made two mistakes in the past: once, when it set free four terrorists in return for Rubia Sayeed, and again, when the BJP-led government surrendered before the demands of the plane hijackers at Kandahar. It should not do the same in case of Afzal. If the plea for clemency is accepted, how will the UPA blame the NDA for capitulating before hijackers?

MK Gupta, Delhi

II

It is disgusting to hear a former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir saying the nation will go up in flames and terrorists will destroy communal harmony if Afzal is hanged. Such irresponsible statements make heroes and martyrs out of criminals.

Brijender Mehta, Delhi

III

Will Farooq Abdullah clarify the basis of his statement? Will he please tell us what will happen if another plane is hijacked to get Afzal released? Is he demanding that terrorists should not be executed no matter how heinous their crime?

DevendraNarain, via e-mail

IV

We often hear our leaders saying that law should be allowed to take its own course. Then why should we talk of not sending the accused to the gallows when his conviction and sentence have been confirmed by the court? Our parliamentarians talk of capital punishment for rapists, drug peddlers and other offenders; so why do we dither in this case? The government will forfeit its right to govern if it cannot carry out the Supreme Court’s verdict.

SC Grover, via e-mail

Well done, Kiran Desai

kudos to Kiran Desai for winning the Booker Prize. It is heartening to note that more and  more Indian writers are making their mark on the international scene. India can now dream of winning the Nobel soon.

Ujjal Dutta, Delhi

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