Death sentence to a terrorist.
Yakub Memon is a convicted terrorist (for killing 257 people and injuring three times more) and is scheduled to be hanged on 30 July 2015, since his last petition to Supreme Court of India, by way of curative petition has been dismissed. It is not surprising because by very nature remedy of curative petition is to correct or cure a mistake or injustice. However what is appalling is discovery of new facts as revealed by a former intelligence officer. According to these revelations (published in indian express newspaper) Memon is a flipper. He was in conspiracy with Pakistan, for terrorist attack but for the sake of his family’s safety he agreed to flip. Continue reading
Shoot out in USA to kill without provocation
President Obama had misfortune to deliver 14 eulogies in his tenure. Each in respect of civilian death(s) caused by a discontent fellow civilian, without any apparent provocation. No person will envy President Obama. Violence is last expression of discontent. While contentment is like unicorn, it appears we are left to deal with discontentment without the former. About discontent in students, I had expressed my humble observations here. But it would also be the right time to review the Military Type education we provide in our schools. The violence at charleston has a racist angle. It appears that a 21 years old boy with white supremacist mind set opened fire during prayer inside a ‘black’ church. Though not sure, the fact that initially the shooter also joined the victims in prayer makes the violence even more macabre. But who am I to comment anything on it. Continue reading
Ideas, principles and ideology makes a great breakfast or cocktail snacks but serve poor for dinner. To quote from a Hollywood movie Transformer : ‘the problem with every cause is that in the end cause betrays you.’ Here we are at the crossroads where multiple causes have been betrayed. A mob of people lynched an alleged rapist in Dimapur in North East India. Police involvement is suspected. But that is not the subject. Free speech of journalist in an emotive issue is the subject.
Today is Women’s Day. Congratulations to all. At the same time let us find time to celebrate ‘Human Day’ sometime and try to be completely human on that day.
Many things have happened recently.
Charity is something we are taught from childhood.
Like good manners. Compassion is something far more profound. Charity is cultivated but compassion exists in the empty areas when there is no activity of ambition, achievement or competition or the like. Charity can be done but compassion happens. Compassion can be the cause of charity but not the other way round.
Traditions turning opaque:
Row over arrest of Indian diplomat
Image courtesy: Indian Express Newspaper
Few days back USA police arrested an Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on grounds of visa fraud. The allegations, which for the purpose of this writing only I would presume to be correct, are that she manipulated visas to have several underpaid servants in her house hold and mis-stated her expenses. The allegations constitute a kind of fraud which is stated to be common in many areas of USA. Having a servant who was not legally permitted to work for gain in USA.
The row involve several aspects. These are dealt with as under:
1. Humiliating manner of arrest.
It is in the reports that the diplomat was arrested while she was dropping her child to school. Arrest of a parent by handcuffing her, that too an Indian lady, in front of child or her school staff, which will make it a matter of gossip in the school, shows something. Was it a personal vendetta? A personal urge to humiliate? Who was that officer? Another parent from same school? Continue reading