Apropos of Rajdeep Sardesai’s Look backward in anguish (October 13), whether it is Jagjivan Ram, Kanshi Ram, Lalu Prasad, Mayawati or Shinde, all of them prospered in the name of the underprivileged and created political instability.
Ajit Bhattacharjea in Intelligent design? (October 13), has painted the entire Indian criminal justice system black. While some exceptions are possible, by and large, it is a robust system that has withstood the test of time. Afzal’s case has passed through all layers of India’s judicial system and all judges have been unanimous in ordering the death sentence. Is there any scope for expressing doubts about the system at this stage?
The row over Afzal Guru raises two important questions: do we believe in our judicial system? And, can we forgive those who attacked our biggest constitutional body? Setting the accused free will send a wrong signal to the perpetrators of terrorism and to the security forces. Is this the way to pay homage to the martyrs who lost their lives in that attack?
Not the right way
This has reference to the editorial Justice isn’t a straw poll (October 13). A convict moves a mercy appeal to either the President or a Governor once his judicial options are closed. If their decision is subjected to judicial review, the dignity of these constitutional authorities would be compromised.
The Man Booker Prize awarded to Kiran Desai for her second novel, The Inheritance of Loss, has added one more feather to the nation’s cap. She has made India proud and deserves the best.
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