Should we abolish Death Penalty?

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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.

My Opinion

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).

Dhanyavad Sarkar

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“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 😉 😛

The Revival

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India won the Cricket World Cup and my blog was left without any posts. No, it had nothing to do anything with lack of posts but me getting a little lazy and also little time I used to get. I am taking a little too much time to balance my professional and personal time. So after about 4 months I feel the desire to return to my blog. I know I can’t blog on daily basis but I ‘ll try to do it at least on weekly basis. So here I go on revival of my blog mission 🙂

Atlast Graduated

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Well that still depends on the results 🙂 but I hope it doesn’t turn out the other way especially since 1 of the subjects is giving me goosebumps. So you can expect me visiting temples more often till my results are out (maybe till I get a good job/admission in a good college for further studies).

The most irritating question I find these days is people asking me what after graduation – further studies or job; if further studies then which field either M.Tech/M.E. or MBA or MS. I am really getting tired of answering these questions. But what can I do? I am not the only person going through these questions and getting irritated. There are many like me every year getting graduated and then getting these questions and also some suggestions.

On the hindsight I think they are flooding me with such questions and suggestions because they love me an care about me 🙂 S even if I get irritated I get along with those questions. Wait a second this post wasn’t intended to be like this…….

So getting back to what this post should have been – I am happy to be an engineer and enjoying my small vacations till I get a job 🙂

Update : Results were declared couple of days back and I have graduated with first class 🙂 woohoo atlast graduated.

Maharashtra Dinachya Hardik Shubhecha

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(Happy Maharashtra Day)
Exactly 50 years ago we had a new beginning. The people of Maharashtra had given lives to make this happen. The day is celebrated for the formation of Maharashtra state.

History – Samyukta Maharashtra Chalwal

The Indian National Congress had pledged to introduce linguistic states prior to Independence. However after Independence, Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were

Samyukat Maharashtra Chalwal

adamantly opposed to linguistic states. They perceived linguistic states as a threat to the integrity of India. For the first time and perhaps the only time, RSS and its chief Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar supported Nehru and Patel against redrawing of the map along linguistic lines. The catalyst to the creation of a States Re-organization Commission was the fasting death of Telugu nationalist Potti Sriramulu. In 1956, the SRC (States Re-organisation Committee) under pressure from Nehru and Patel recommended creation of linguistic states of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka but recommended a bi-lingual state for Maharashtra-Gujarat, with Mumbai as its capital. Further, they recommended the creation of Vidharba state to unite the Marathi-speaking people of former Hyderabad state with Holkar’s Nagpur state. This led to the creation of the predecessor movement Samyuka Maharashtra Parishad, inaugurated on November 1, 1956, causing a great political stir and, under the leadership of Keshavrao Jedhe, a whole party meeting was held in Pune and Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti was founded on February 6, 1956. In the second general election the Samiti defeated the stalwarts of Congress by securing 101 seats out of 133, including 12 from Mumbai. The Congress party could form a government only with the support of Gujarat, Marathwada and Vidharba. Yeshwantrao Chavan replaced Morarji Desai as the Chief Minister of the bi-lingual Bombay State.

Flora Fountain/Hutatma Chowk

S.M. Joshi, Shripat Amrit Dange, N.G. Gore and Prahlad Keshav Atre fought relentlessly for Samyukta Maharashtra, even at the cost of sacrificing the lives of several people and finally succeeded in convincing Congress leaders that Maharashtra should form a separate state. The resignation of C. D. Deshmukh, the then Finance Minister of the Nehru Cabinet, had its salutary effect.

In January 1956, demonstrators were fired upon by the police at Flora Fountain in the capital city of Mumbai. Flora Fountain was subsequently renamed Hutatma Chowk or “Martyr’s Crossroads” in their memory. It is estimated that in all, 105 people were shot by security forces. Morarji Desai, who was the then chief minister of Bombay state was later removed and replaced by YB Chawan as a result of criticism related to this incident.

Finally on May 1, the bi-lingual state of Bombay was partitioned into states of Maharashtra and Gujarat with Bombay(now Mumbai) as the capital of Maharashtra.

Summary

Lets remember the martyrs and celebrate the spirit that they instilled in the state. Happy Maharashtra day to all.

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These days I am more surprised with myself. As normally I would have written about the topics I have skipped them this time. Also my frequency of posting has dipped nowadays. Not that love for blogging has dipped but still I found myself not posting more often.

As the regular by-passers(off course readers I mean) of this blog would have noted I normally post about sports especially cricket and though so much happened in the cricket world in the past month still no posts from me 😯 . The IPL happened, a controversy took place around the IPL, Sachin had his birthday (and I didn’t even wished him here sorry Sachin. But better late than never happy belated birthday and thanks for entertaining us for so many years. Hope you will win world cup for India next year) and still no posts from me. Even in other sports there was a lot of activities EPL is at the business end as well as Champions League. India getting a tough draw in Asia Cup 2011. Saina consistently reaching semis and quarters of various tournaments. Anand fighting against Topalov. And above all a sporting marriage (really?) of Sania Mirza and Shoaib Malik.

Most surprisingly for me I am finding myself a little loss of words or creativity to come with posts with regularity. So looking for some creative ideas to post. Do you have any? (Oh my! this has been one of the most creative post of mine 😉 )