July 31, 2015
1993 bomb blast, death penalty, mercy petition, Yakub Memon
With the death sentence for Yakub Memon, one of the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blast case, followed the mercy petition by some; which was heavily criticised by most Indians. What followed (as expected) was the debate on various news channels and on twitter. The Yakub Memon reference ends here. I am just trying to explore whether we should have death penalty.
Going through the tweets and some columns here are the arguments for both the sides:
Arguments Against Death Penalty
- We shouldn’t be taking away a human life: Irrespective of the crime committed we don’t have any moral right to take away a human life.
- Sentencing innocent to death : Sentencing someone to death when facts may later prove him or her innocent means a BIG INJUSTICE which can never be repaired/compensated.
- Death is never a deterrent: If we look at the statistics of crimes committed in the country and the number of people executed in any decade there are no substantial evidence whether the death sentence deters other criminals from committing similar crimes.
- Retribution should never be the aim: While seeking justice, retribution or vengeance should not be the motive. Vengeance and justice are two different things. So an eye for an eye; a life for life kind of logic is not justifiable.
- In publicised cases there are chances of bias: In more publicised cases, due to public and media pressure there is always a possibility of bias against the accused; thus denying his right of free trial.
Arguments For Death Penalty
- No fundamental right is without riders: Right to free speech, property, faith or any other right are not without riders. Riders being that they don’t violate other person’s right. Similarly most of the death convicts (If not all) are the people who have violated others fundamental right to live freely. So the death convict’s fundamental right to live should also have similar riders.
- Is only human life precious?: This is primarily just a counter statement for the people who are against the death penalty. What makes the human life so precious? Aren’t the life of other animals/living beings as precious as humans? After all killing those living beings also cause varied climatic calamities/food chain disturbances.
- Democracy provides fair trial: Almost all democratic countries do offer fair trial for both the parties involved in legal cases. Especiallly in India where we have lots of provisions of appeals and revision petitions.
- Death Penalty is given in only rarest of rare cases: As of date 171 criminals have been executed in Independent India (as per wikipedia), thereby reinforcing the fact that death penalty is given only in rarest of rare cases in India.
- Which penalty is a deterrent?: Another counter argument. If death penalty is not a deterrent then we should find another penalty which will demotivate criminals from committing such crimes. The next harsh penalty is a life term. But if a death penalty is not working in this category will life term be effective?
- The convict can be responsible for killings in future: If a terror mastermind is captured and instead of a death sentence is awarded with a life term; and a terror outfit, with whom the culprit may be affiliated, creates a hostage situation then it presents more problems and more importantly can result in more innocent killings.
There are many strong points on both sides which can not be neglected. The death penalty, in my opinion, should be retained until we find a better punishment for the criminal which will also serve as a deterrent for other criminals from committing the same/similar acts. Abolishing death penalty without strengthening the law and alternate better viable option can be more damaging to the society. Having said that death penalty should be used sparingly for rarest of the rare cases (which I think is the case in our country and should be continued).
May 27, 2012
Mountain Dew, petrol price hike
“Even my 11 year old can drive a bicycle; and you still can’t?” went my uncle. Commenting on my inability to drive any 2 wheeler present on this planet. Its been 23 long years stay of mine on this planet and I am still unable to drive even a bicycle!!! Nowadays even I have started taking pity at myself for the same.
Since I never really could drive a bicycle I never tried out any bike out of fear. Maybe I need a Mountain Dew (Darr ke aage jeet hain 😛 🙂 No need to thanks me Mountain Dew for this free of cost publicity ;)) whenever I try to learn to drive a bike. Or maybe I should directly try learning to drive a 4 wheeler.
When everyone including myself couldn’t make me feel myself better against this inability to drive a bike, our government did something that made me feel better. Hiking the price of petrol (by Rs7.50!!!). Suddenly my inability turns a blessing in disguise and my preference of walking or taking public transport every time a better option. And to those who oppose this price hike, this is the best way to support our environment 😉 😛
April 29, 2012
Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The Avengers, Thor
Cast : Robert Downey Jr.,Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsforth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson
Its been a while I seen movies and yesterday was a rare day when I took some time and watch a movie. And that too in a THEATER!!!! 😛
Jokes apart. Returning to the movie,
So what do you expect of a superhero movie? Of the previous superhero movies I expected this to be an emotional action packed movie. But fortunately, for a change, Avengers was a total entertaining movie. You get action from starting moment and its intensity goes on increasing with each passing moment. You get emotional side as well but it is in just the right amount (not like Spiderman 3 where I thought it was a little more than actually needed.). There are also witty one liners from Roert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark). So to sum it up all The Avengers surpasses all your expectations.
The Avengers has the biggest build up to it (if I am not wrong) with all the Iron Man movies, Captain America, The Incredibel Hulk and Thor movies. While all those movies were excellent (though I haven’t watched Thor movie 🙂 ) The Avengers in my opinion surpasses all of them in its entertaining content.
The plot of this movie is just plain simple. There is one ‘Loki’ (brother of Thor) who wants to rule the world with alien army. Sensing the threat that he possess, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury assembles a team of superheroes to save the world. And as expected all supersheroes being from different backgrounds and bigger egos doesn’t agree on anything and bicker hilariously with scathing one-liners.
While Chris Evans is dead serious and methodical Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. is funny and irresistible, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is damn sexy and smart. Chris Hemsworth as Thor is good, Jeremy Renner has got an interesting role as Hawkeye and plays it well. But Mark Ruffalo as Incredible Hulk steals the show by adding a different shade to the character. A reluctant hero but always ready to become angry. He along with Robert Downy Jr. just takes this film to another level.
While the heroes are great, Tom Hiddleston as the baddie Loki never gets overshadowed. He is quite a baddie with all those typical baddie dialogues and a good presence. One particular scene involving him and Incredible HULK just makes you laugh out loud.
The special effects of the movie are awesome which goes with most of the 3d action films these days. The larger than life action scenes of the second half are awesome and eye popping.
So overall the movie comes out with must watch tag. One of the most entertaining movie of the year.
My rating : 4.5/5.0
March 23, 2012
23 M, 23 March, Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, Sukhdeo
We celebrate too many days; like Independence day, Republic day, Father’s day, Mother’s day, Teacher’s day, Children’s day, Valentine’s day, even Friendship week. But we Indians hardly remember what happened on 23 March. What is so special about this day? We hardly remember it unless someone message us about it or we find someone sharing about it on social sites.
On 23rd March 1931 three great revolutionaries gave away their lives for inspiring more youths to fight against the British Raj for our freedom. Bhagat Singh, Sukhdeo and Rajguru were hanged on this day 71 years ago. Such was their bravery, which increased their popularity with the masses; that the British Raj executed their death sentences a day earlier when their death sentence originally scheduled to be on 24th March 1931 but instead carried out a day earlier. And fearing the agitation of the masses they broke the rare wall of the Lahore jail to cremate the three martyr’s in the darkness and then threw their ashes in the Sutlej river about 10 kms from Ferozepore.
And today we hardly remember them.
March 11, 2012
Indian Cricket Team, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sports, virender sehwag, vvs laxman
- Rahul Dravid is the first batsmen who has registered a score of century in all test playing nations.
- He has played 93 consecutive five day test matches for India
- The first player to score 10000-run at No.3 position
- Rahul Dravid has a record of most number of catches in Test Cricket.
- His highest knock of 270 runs is the longest innings played by an Indian batsmen in terms of minutes.
- He holds a record for not being dismissed on a duck for 120 innings consecutive one-day matches.
- He is only the second non-English cricketer to have hit 3 or more centuries in a two different test series in England, the other being Sir Donald Bradman.
Now if some player has so many achievements on his CV then he ought to be the most famous personality of his national team. But for Rahul Dravid it wasn’t so. Playing alongside some of the finest strokemakers like Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman has its own disadvantages.
I started following cricket since ’97-’98 and the first player that I started admiring was Sachin Tendulkar and the Second was none other than Rahul Dravid. No matter he would go for any shots but he was the person who always held the innings together for the Indian cricket team.
Playing in an era when everyone gave too much importance to strokemakers, rules were changed to make the game more suited for dynamic batting; very few gave chance to Rahul Dravid to survive in the limited overs game. But the silent guy that he is, always proved everyone wrong with his bat. The turning point being the ’99 World Cup where he came out as the top scorer. After that he was the backbone of the Indian batting lineup.
The qualities that made him unique were temperament, determination, dedication and his patience. Such was his dedication for his team that he even started to keep wickets for the balance of the team. Changing his batting position whenever the team needed. Such was his patience that bowlers would drift away from their line and length but he wouldn’t fell to the temptation for hitting the good delivery. But at the same time he would let any bad delivery get away.
Surely the world of cricket will miss one great player and the Indian team will find it difficult to find another player of his caliber.
March 4, 2012
Oh what place is this……It seems to be familiar but I am unable to recall it…….Oh its my blog!!!!!!!!
Oh its been months since I have been here and it seems I forgot about it but here I come once in a while to write about its revival 😛
Time Management has hardly been my forte and whenever I think I will manage it this time I tend to forget to keep track of it 😦 But still I am looking to keep this place alive. Maybe I can slip a weekly post or a monthly one. Maybe just describing how my week or month was! (but how can I resist posting about cricket or sports 🙂 )
So, hopefully will come back for another post
October 22, 2011
I was just reading this article and I felt like sharing it just because its so aptly written and the criticism in it is constructive.
Holier than cow – Indian Express.