I am against death punishment too. But I am in favor of death punishment for gargantuan-sized criminals such as Kasab, Raja, and Kalmadi.
Let me see if I can explain that.
Death punishment for Kasab seems to be such a no-brainer that no one would really give it a second thought nor would there be any need for writing columns about it.
The usual homilies would be paid about the due process of law being followed and that would be it. That was my impression.
And in due course, India being India, Kasab’s case would go to President Pranab and then perhaps the Congress Party will try to do Muslim pandering as it habitually does and Kasab’s fate might be left hanging like that of so many others’. And on each 26/11 anniversary, we would see the usual debates on the TV channels about why Kasab is still alive and blah blah.
But no. That’s not how this has panned out. The against-death-punishment brigade has come out! Now THIS is something that I had not expected.
I am not opposed to freedom of speech. So if Mint chooses to publish a couple of articles in support of abolishing death sentence … NO MATTER WHAT … well, so be it. They’re well within their rights.
Salil Tripathi talks of the killer in Norway who didn’t get death despite single-handedly killing 77. And if you consider the tiny population of Norway (5 million), it’s in some way equivalent to one man killing 18470 people in India.
So we in India are exhorted to do as Norway does. India is the land of the omnipresent child labor and countless murders of female fetuses. Norway is the country where the government might take away your kids if you are a “bad” parent. It’s a country where majority of the people are enlightened enough not to believe in spurious, silly, and laughable concepts such as god.