Sunday, November 04, 2012


It is somewhat terrifying that an entire country rises up to demand the killing of a man. No matter how unworthy of life that man may be, no matter how diabolical his deeds, no matter how much better the world might be without him, I find it hard to believe that Gandhi's India wants a hanging so badly. What happened to our ideals? What happened to thinking and taking decisions independent of emotions like anger? Revenge is so acceptable it's scary. I know he's killed many people but that's not how the world should work. That's not how this country should work.

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, doesn't it? And even if there are no immediate problems our world is going to face if we hang Kasab, wanting a death so badly is far from a good sign. It is not what we should be doing as humans, but perhaps these are what our failings are: doing absolutely stupid things, hating, acting out of hatred.

Gah. I feel like a moralizing, insufferable person.

P.S. Please don't tell me I don't understand the grief of the families who lost loved ones. It was my city he attacked.


  1. Hanging him might not be right but don't u feel that giving him a lifeline also gives more confidence to such destructive minded people to perform more activities like these. Whilst you are not sure about your safety, Kasab enjoys the highest security one can have and that too at our expense.
    P.S: I won't term hanging kasab as violence but an act of self defense so that it serves as a warning for the others who play with our lives.

  2. Actually, what usually happens is the opposite, especially when religious extremists are concerned. The image of a hanging becomes a clarion call, something to be inspired by and emulated. The thing to remember is that our terrorists are their freedom fighters. Think about it, did the image of a hanging Bhagat Singh deter the freedom fighters, or inspire them? That's what he is to his people. I am not trying to justify what he did, but it's a complex issue that will probably never have a simple answer.

  3. Yes, in fact as 26/11 was no less than a suicide mission, being killed just works out perfectly for them. But that's not the point. We shouldn't be after a man's life like this is all.

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