JNU Row: Human Rights for? General people: Terrorists

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Akshar Patel, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

The event took place on Feb 9, 2016 at the renowned college, Jawaharlal Nehru University, really shocked patriotic Indians very deeply. As we all know, one of the most heinous crime in the book of laws is terrorism. Sadly, so called “liberal” minded genius brains seemingly fail to misunderstand this with the martyrship. Talking about the Afzal guru, a terrorist and mastermind behind the parliament attack, was given fair chance as per the judicial system of India to prove himself not guilty. From 15 Dec 2001(the day of his arrest) to Feb 9 2013(the day he was hanged), case against him ran for almost 4074 days. Seldom will be the country who gives even such severely reprehensible person all the judicial rights to prove himself not guilty. Imagine what would have been the scenario if the same event would have taken place in China? Even in the case of Saddam Hussein, trial was concluded in mere 531 days (July 17th, 2005 to December 30th, 2006).

The main point is, motif behind the notorious acts seems deeply malicious and anti-national. Had it purely been about human rights, why not somebody took up the issue for lakhs of farmers dying of draughts, death of jawans protecting the borders and sacrificing their priceless lives for us in Siachen in extreme winter? Why do we need to recall the execution day of a sinner to remind the country about the debate about the removal of capital punishment? Even Makarand Paranjape, a member of JNU Teachers’ Association, expressed regret over the event that took place in the JNU campus. Now when in such serious consequence, when the police initiates the action, suddenly allegations of the opposition parties and so called leftist thinkers across the country put the country to shame. As a mature democratic citizens, we really need to understand that provisions of the constitutions and given rights are only for the fair practices and not for antisocial or anti-national agendas. We should learn from the example set up other countries which proposed even constitutional changes following the terrorist attack to put provide special powers to law enforcement agency to work during the emergency condition. In the country like India where terrorist attacks results in hundreds of death each year, we must awaken parting ourselves from mediocre mindset and should rationalize our approach to handle such event of shame on the humanity.





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