The day India sullied itself again

Rajiv Kumar

On February 9, 2013 at eight in the morning, the Indian state executed Mohammad Afzal Guru for his involvement in an attack on the parliament in 2002. The Indian police had him implicated within three days of the attack. Based on only circumstantial evidence, with not a single eyewitness, Mohammed Afzal was sentenced to death by a trial court. The Supreme Court, in the words of the court itself, ‘to satisfy the collective conscience’, upheld that sentence eventually. To put meaning into it would read that they decided to put a human being to death without conclusive evidence to satiate the blood lust of the Indian nation.

Justice-ArnabThe basic tenet of any law states that a person can only be convicted for any crime based on evidence beyond reasonable doubt. The evidence in the case of Mohammed Afzal did certainly not meet those criteria of beyond reasonable doubt. Mohammad Afzal did not at any stage have a proper legal representation, which justices of the Supreme Court chose to ignore. Perhaps for those justices it is more important to take cognizance of the press reports detailing who slipped on the road to a pilgrimage than the proper representation of an innocent being charged with a crime that could invoke death penalty.

Almost eight years after the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence, Mohammed Afzal Guru was executed in the prison conveniently ignoring all the proper conventions and decencies. By their own admittance, the authorities allegedly informed his family only by a speed post; but the family learnt about the execution only through news. The family has even been denied to carry out last rites for the deceased executed by the Indian state to satisfy collective conscience.

It couldn’t have got more appalling than to see people actually celebrate the execution. Communalists and secularists, capitalists and socialists were all seen to be jubilant. Only if they would care to know that those are the symptoms of a fascist state in making. The police in Delhi outsourced its duties to the thugs of saffron brigade and actually facilitated them in physically beating those who tried to protest peacefully against the execution of Mohammed Afzal by the Indian state.

And if Indians still think that one day Kashmiris can be won over, the Indian state nailed the last nail in the coffin of that hope by cold bloodedly executing Mohammed Afzal against all evidences. Should the Indian state or its people be under the impression that people of Kashmir can be coerced into submission through gross revulsive tactics, they better read history. All that happened in the execution of Mohammed Afzal was that Indian sullied itself again.

  • Chandra

    In the image accompanyming the article, is Arnab dressed up as a women? Is the implication that in Arnab is so ridiculous that he the said ridiculousness has to be brought about by making him wear women’s clothes? If that was the intent, then that was very disappointing message that this site is sending. Being ridiculous has nothing to do with being a woman.

    • indiaresists

      Dear Chandra,

      Thanks for pointing out, We must be careful on such details. But trust me i just used a cartoon that found on internet in this hurriedly-made poster and did not actually care to check about clothes.Please accept my apologies. Will be careful next time.

      In solidarity,
      Moderator

  • N.K.

    I think you are missing the point here. No one wants Kashmir. With all due respect, there is nothing in there worth wanting – no resources etc.- except natural beauty. The issue is if India gives in to 1 secessionist movement, then the others will get encouraged. This sends a message that if you orchestrate enough terrorist attacks of shocking magnitude, the government of India will give way. The other issue is the army. The army is not required to think. In India the government orders and the army acts. Hundreds of soldiers have died in Kashmir and just dumping it away will not be good for the morale of the army the next time we require them to manage a secessionist movement.That said, I agree Afzal Guru’s hanging is politically motivated carried out by a party way out of its depth in dealing with Narendra Modi’s popular development plank.