On On 26th of May 2014, the ever so controversial Narendra Damodardas Modi started his tenure after his swearing-in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. The occasion was grand. The mega event was attended by heads of the SAARC nations including the Pakistan President, Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahindra Rajpakse. All looked hunky dory. The atmosphere was positive. Twitter was abuzz with hope. The build up to one of the most interesting general elections ever met a fitting end. People’s verdict was on the wall. The politics of appeasement was disregarded. Sycophancy and Bootlicking were discarded. And nepotism was shown the exit door.
But not everything was right. Some people weren’t happy. Their worst fears had been confirmed. India had a prime minister who had no qualms in admitting that he was a Hindu Nationalist and a proud one at that. The left liberals of India were disconcerted. The so called secular brigade was scared. They expected their NGOs to be shut down and their causes to be ridiculed and they weren’t entirely wrong. The no nonsense PM was not in a mood to let them dictate their terms. He had the majority in the lower house and the young generation on his side. That probably was the first time since I started taking active interest in politics, that I noticed the desperation in left liberal camp of India.
And I must thank the justice system to hang Yakub Memon because it was his execution that clearly segregated people in two distinct classes. The one who favored the death sentence were not necessarily baying for Yakub Memon’s blood but wanted justice to prevail and a strong message to be sent. But the ones against the death sentence were trying to paint a picture that the Modi led Government is anti-Muslim. In their quest of scorning the Prime Minister of the nation, they went full retard. Their laments verged treachery. While going against the Government of India they even trespassed the interests of the nation. Even when the mercy plea was rejected by the Indian President, they arbitrated to try and stall the closing judgement on the role of Yakub Memon , one of the key accused in the Mumbai Bomb Blasts that killed more than 300.
Asaduddin Owaisi upped the ante of the Secular-Communal debate with his characteristic inflammatory fulminations against the State and its judiciary, attributing Yakub Memon’s doom to a prejudiced system which was unfair and unjust to Muslims. His target audience, the naïve Muslims were brainwashed to be certain of the fact that the Indian Judiciary is biased and they can never expect justice from it. Owaisi was backed by the Indian Intelligentsia comprising of main stream journalists, actors, directors, lawyers and social workers.
Look at the following reactions:
This so called activist who recently called the PM a stalker, crying for a terrorist!
Most of my 5000 FB friends are truly friends it seems. My home page is full of sorrow and anger at the hanging…. http://t.co/kdWPefTDPY
— Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) July 30, 2015
And this lady has no shames in mentioning a legend and a terrorist in the same tweet!
Two namaz e janaaza to be offered today. One of a man who campaigned against death penalty& other who was hung despite contradicting reports
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) July 30, 2015
This failed actor is playing the goddess of compassion, she was baying for a rapist’s blood last year!
Killing can never be justified, in any form, for any reason by anyone.
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) July 30, 2015
And here is how to create a hero out of a terrorist.
#YakubMemon seems to have been quite popular at Nagpur Central. Dozens of inmates kept a fast for him during Ramzan. Cops say didn't fight
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) July 30, 2015
These champions of humanity advocate for abolition of capital punishment. The argument that they make is that a number of western nations have done away with capital punishment. India should join the league too. But they fail to understand the fact that India is not at par with those ‘developed’ countries as far as socio-economic development is concerned. Our education isn’t at par with them and our judicial system isn’t as advanced, responsive and quick as theirs. Maybe, when we reach to the levels they are at, we won’t need to hang people.
But after the execution of Yakub Memon one thing is very clear. Not everyone living in India thinks about its interests. The segregation is evident. The politicians, intellectuals and common populace of this country seem divided in two distinct sets of Yes and No. The number of people on the NO side is an alarming trend. There is a thin fine line between freedom of speech and anti-national statements and there are a lot of people in India who need to respect that line. Fanning the embers of communal sentiments is going to worsen the situation. There will be more riots and blasts and as a result of that Kasabs, Afzals and Yakubs will continue to kiss the gallows.
Not calling them traitors but this cry-fest for Yakub Memon was unwarranted, unjustified and unprincipled
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