Just a mask to cover up India’s failure to bring the masterminds to book!
Hanging a terrorist 22 years after the blasts is not justice for the victims. That argument is just silly rhetoric that only Indian journalists can be supremely capable of delivering!
9/11 victims received justice when the U.S. killed Osama bin Laden in a well-planned and executed raid.
Yakub Memon, convicted of being a conspirator in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people, was hanged to death at 7am India time today. He was born on July 30, 1962 and hanged on his birthday today in a jail in Nagpur, India.
It beats me as to what joy the courts had in picking his birth date as the day of his hanging!
A chartered accountant, Yakub went on to complete his Master’s degree in English Literature while in jail. He had left India days before the blasts but returned to India a year later in 1994 after being unhappy in Pakistan.
Hanging Yakub, after keeping him in jail for 21 years and getting all the cooperation India needed from him, is not justice. Rather cowardice! A mask to cover up its failure to bring the masterminds to book!
Justice must have come in 1993 itself, not in 2015! This shows Indian judiciary in bad light!
Also, suddenly, poor late B Raman has become a villain and is being accused of all kinds of merciless things, including he was just an ordinary official who had no authority to strike any deal with anyone. He must be squirming in his grave!
Raman had served as head of the counter-terrorism division of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency. He headed the Pakistan Desk at RAW and was one of the intelligence officials instrumental in tracking and bringing Yakub back to India.
To many Indians, Raman, who died of cancer in 2013 in Chennai, has suddenly become a near non-entity.
Suddenly Indian journalists, including TV channel hosts, have become pro-hanging proponents! What turncoats! They always move with majority sentiment!
Let me close this post by recalling what late Raman had written about Yakub in August 2007 (but was only published recently: “The cooperation of Yakub with the investigating agencies after he was picked up informally in Kathmandu and his role in persuading some other members of the family to come out of Pakistan and surrender constitute, in my view, a strong mitigating circumstance to be taken into consideration while considering whether the death penalty should be implemented.”
G Joslin Vethakumar