I have been quite surprised since last night. Ever since I heard that Kasab was finally going to be hanged, I was “glad” (for the lack of a better word) that he was getting his due at long last. And like many occasions, my “happiness” was unfounded and misinformed. It never struck me that there was going to be a mercy petition and the “facility” to move more courts.
Restraint and fairness are overrated virtues. After 2 and a half years, a man that was caught on camera with an AK 47 got a punishment that should have come a very long time ago. And this too is not final. Why is the government’s spinelessness in putting an end to this matter being sugarcoated with words like “the restraint of the Indian people”? And which people are they talking about? Have they asked those that suffered/ survived these attacks or the rest of us mortal beings? Have they even seen what “the Indian people” are saying about this on Twitter, considering Twitter has been the cause of the downfall of some people who were misfits in a government whose policies and behaviour is otherwise clearly ancient? People in power are saying this is “victory” for the Indian Judicial System. A not-so-certain capital punishment for a man who deserves to have stones pelted at him till death. Judge me all you want, but I really think that even a gunshot isn’t punishment enough for the man. This is not victory by a long shot, not yet at least.
And of course we have taken down the softest target we had for 26/11, with his accomplices still missing. THIS took us over 2 years. What does it say about our stand on terrorism? I think even Mumbaikars are taking their famous “spirit” a little too far and a little too seriously this time. Or is it just me who finds it absurd that people are bursting crackers to “celebrate” a job half done?
The judge says if they don’t punish Kasab now, the Indian people will lose their faith in the judiciary. If you ask me – with contrasts like Sanjay Dutt being sent to jail while many with more serious criminal records go on to become heads of state or their close accomplices or important members of state governments, and of course Afzal Guru – I have lost my faith already.