Does justice look this monstrous?

Whatever little bit of respect I had for some of the ‘mainstream’ media, is shrouded in agitation today. Almost every channel from one of the acclaimed ‘world-democracy’ flashed the news of ‘ Kasab sentenced to death – justice served’. It is of great misfortune that common brains are being fed with such contaminated views and disdain prevails in our thoughts and comprehensions. I do not want to get into the legal implications of the trial or the verdict and nor the sentence is of much of sensation as almost everyone knew the outcome of the trial. But the larger question seems to be that would we ever be able to see justice beyond injustices and retribution? While I agree that law enforcement has to fulfill its responsibilities to protect the citizens of a country, at the same time I think the civil society of a ‘democratic nation’ should deconstruct the given rhetoric that is made to believe as absolute legal truth and should shed light on the unseen and untold and at least attempt to free the incarcerated notions of justice.

Can justice be this monstrous? I do not think so. There are two debates, the former is the carnage instigated by the so called ‘terrorists’ on 26/11 in Mumbai and the latter is the debate on how to find solutions and solidify the concept of justice for the ones who suffered and the ones who will suffer. However, the enraged, disillusioned and infected brains seem to have sacrificed the latter over the politics of the former. I have to admit that I have no relationship with the person in question, but have huge stakes in how the concept of justice is formed and reformed through misdeeds of individual’s predatory acts. However, if we go beyond the individuals, we will be able to explore the bouts of mistrust, agony and contingent injustices that exist in systems and social spaces in which these individuals are socialized, poised and monopolized.

There is no doubt that we live in the times of increased contentions and violence among diverging agendas and politics, but we are tempted to victimize the victim rather than curbing the agenda and politics that create and recreate violence and culminate the end of humanity. I can never reconcile the two, that by sentencing a young victim, we will scare anyone else who would plan to do the same. Ironically, the same argument can be used by the fathers of terror to attract more young voices in avenge. Indeed, some of our experiences in Afghanistan reveal that militants have been able to gin up support from youth when the youth were emotionally provoked after seeing the injustices and violence of the government systems and their allies.

I could not believe to hear Haroon Hamid of the DAWN Media Group replying to an audience question on NDTV show (6th May 2010) with Barkha Dutt that ‘terrorism is created in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a victim of it as well as India’. I wondered what happened to the media ethics of the news channels that he run, if nothing else matters to him including the truth. He didn’t even try to unravel the systematic, political and social space that gave birth to discontent and violence transformed into terrorism through the weapons of the same system in Pakistan and the region rather than indulging into a merely political blame game. While the political agendas of some groups and factions entail creating terror and monopolize on religious and nationalistic sentiments of masses, there is an enabling environment that embraced and accepts the invitation and both the agenda and the enabling environment have a symmetrical relationship with the terror and violence that we see in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan. Let’s also not forget and not trivialize the dynamics of social spaces in which we live and see others live, that foster reprisal and revolt by witnessing chronic poverty, famine and increased gaps between different members of the same society. The fragmentation of social spaces within the feudal society as a creation of the capitalist market paradigm that embodies injustice and tremendous rage among youth that not only created Kasab but hundreds of Kasabs in the making. However, for sure any struggles to absolve the process would be trying to rupture the status quo, something that the gatekeepers of the feudal society and their political agenda’s will not allow or approve of and we will be getting used to death sentence of one after another and would have accepted that justice is rendered. Unfortunately, the emerging trajectories do suggest that in quest of conformity with the popular imagination of our ‘independent’ media, we will not be able to recognize the just face of justice anymore but will seek satisfaction in more resentment, discontent and retribution.

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Should Terrorists Like Ajmal Kasab Allowed to Fight for their Fundamental Rights

26 November the law day of the country can no longer be celebrated in its true spirit. Last year on this day the nation witnessed some horrifying events.

The terrorist targeted the finance capital of the country Mumbai.

There were  Eight  attacks in  South Mumbai: at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Orthodox Jewish-owned Nariman House, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier’s College. There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai’s port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.

Everyone is aware of these facts but we still know little about the reality. What happened in Mumbai was an unfortunate incident but what can happen is even more dangerous. It has been a year but the victims have not got any substantial resort to their miseries.

There are Human Rights Commissions who are fighting for the rights of Ajmal Kasab, the only terrorist who was caught alive. They believe that he should not be awarded with capital punishment because it would be against the principles of human rights. But unfortunately in their benevolent approach they forget that criminals like Kasab never considered their victims as humans. The victims were the toys used and shattered by the players (terrorists) in the destructible game of terrorism. They never bothered to even remotely consider the interests of their victims. They have and always will fight for land. But what about the people that live on that land? Shall they be considered mere ants in this disgusting fight of terror and peace.

Terrorist have always taken advantage of our democratic setup. In a democracy everyone has a voice, even a terrorist. Those are alien to our nation get the privilege to destroy it because of our laid back approach. We light candles, wear black bands and write blogs but how many of us would constantly work against terrorism. May be only a few.

Terrorism a disease caused by the parasitic monsters called terrorist. I agree that the motive of criminal jurisprudence is to punish the act and not the actor. But sometimes law has to act retributively to ensure the faith of masses. In this process the innocent are sometimes framed and victimized but this defect of the system can be cured by appropriate legislation and scrutiny.

In the above case of Kasab it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that he was involved in the attacks.  Therefore he should not be given any benefit of doubt. Human rights are for humans there is alot of difference between MANAV ADHIKAR AND DANAV ADHIKAR. We cannot let criminals take advantage of our gracious legal system

On 26 November, the law day of the country, we should pledge to make our legal system strong so that people like Kasab, Manu Sharma, Sanjeev Nanda or Santosh Kumar Singh can not take advantage of it. If all criminals are acquitted then every other man in the street would resort to Kangaroo Justice.

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