China: A Jailed Nobel Laureate Denied Basic Rights Dies
India: Hardcore Criminals With Illgotten Wealth Live Like Monarchs in Jail
In China, a Nobel Laureate, who was jailed for being a pro-democracy activist, is denied basic rights, resulting in his death of liver cancer today.
Dr Liu Xiaobo, an academic who was once a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the U.S., even had his dying wish for treatment abroad rejected.
In India, hardcore criminals enjoy a life of luxury in jail, as it surfaced today with reports of privileged treatment being given to corruption convict Sasikala Natarajan, who had gone on a looting spree in collusion with late Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalitha.
Sasikala is accused of paying hefty bribes to get a Queen-like treatment in jail, including a kitchen exclusively for her.
In a TV debate a little while ago, it became clear that the Sasikala saga was not an isolated instance. Former top prison officials revealed that it was common for influential criminals to get special treatment in jail.
These, my friends, are how the establishment in the world’s top two populous countries works.
And the world wants to hand global leadership on a platter to China, with even the democratic West sucking up to the communist giant while shedding crocodile tears!
G Joslin Vethakumar