Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Black Friday


Ajmera was outside BSE when he narrowly escaped the blasts. Since then, he has undergone 40 surgeries. Even now, his right hand pains and some pieces of glass still remain in his body. After 20 years, he’s still fighting for the meagre compensation of Rs. 25000 that the government had promised. He has spent over Rs. 20 lakh for his treatment borrowing money from family and friends.

Gilajit Singh, a sandwich seller with a paltry income has got 120 stitches on his left leg. There were 12 blasts in the city on that fateful Friday; 257 people were killed or missing and 713 were injured.

Vinayak lost his 11-year old brother and 19-year old sister. He was 14. They were waiting for their school bus when the blast happened at Century Bazaar. The body of the brother was recognised from the shorts that he was wearing. The sister had a previous wound on her foot that helped the family recognise her body.

These are only 3 stories. There are a thousand more. These blasts happened because humanity doesn’t exist in some hearts. Some accused carried on these blasts. Others were their allies. Sanjay Dutt was one of the aids who agreed to keep arms in his house for the ‘safety’ of the masterminds and people of their community.

Why should he be pardoned? If he was indeed a good soul, he would go to jail and finish his sentence. If he really was repenting, he would set an example for the entire nation. Five-year imprisonment is nothing when you compare it with the agony of those who suffered because of the blasts. 

By supporting a person who agreed to help the terrorists, you are being a criminal yourself. By questioning our judicial system, you are making a mockery of our law-makers. If he is being pardoned, then maybe, the others have held puppies as well; why give death sentence to them? Maybe Dawood Ibrahim has adopted a charity, lets go and hug him as well.

I don’t understand the kind of fan following our nation has. Shameful, really shameful.


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19 comments:

  1. no use telling.. this country has gone mad. So many lost their lives and over here across all parties, ministers have united to say 'he has suffered enough'.. what did he suffer ? He's been acting on screens, getting married and enjoying life. Now that a sentence has come, they say he has suffered.
    They say he should be pardoned because he has a wife and child... what about all those who lost their lives that day. Give them some token money and leave them to suffer for a lifetime while the one who aided their parents murderers goes on the big screens and earns in crores.

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    1. I have nothing against the man. But if the Supreme Court has found him guilty, who are we to question the judgement? Tomorrow someone will kill the PM and go on to entertain people, start charitable organizations, have kids and blah...will we support him too? It's an absolutely ridiculous notion...don't understand our thought process.

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  2. I completely agree. Would anyone have bothered if there was a common man in his place? His being a celebrity gives him the license of being pardoned.
    This country is full of idiots.

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    1. First we fight for justice. When our judiciary wakes up, we fight for pardon. Be rich and famous - the countrymen will excuse you for everything. Be a common man - the countrymen will kill you.
      No wonder our politicians take us for a ride.

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  3. I understand your anger as I feel the same. Why these separate rules for the rich and famous and the common man?

    Asking for a pardon after being involved with terrorists is actually making a mockery of our judicial system.

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    1. Yes. And that too after 20 years! First we crib about the lawlessness in the country. When the lawmakers actually take a bold step, we look for faults in their decisions. I can understand fighting for someone against whom there is lack of evidence. But someone who is proved guilty needs to be pardoned - why?

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  4. The sad truth of India. . You can get away with doing anything. . So many criminals get elected to rule us, what more can we expect?

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    1. I don't know about the big wigs... but the people I meet on everyday basis just 'tch tch' and say he's suffered enough. Is it because they have very little awareness or are they totally insensitive to the feelings of those who suffer by such terrorist activities?
      It's so hard to put sense into such minds.

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    2. Thats another thing I really dont understand. .What is this suffering he had for years??
      There are so many people suffering in the jails not even being tried.

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  5. Off late I have been studying Ashoka the great king of our history and I have learned so many things about him that shocked me... one of them was he had a harem of 500 queens and once over heard them laughing at his colour of skin and he had all 500 of them killed... !

    this is the same king that also fought the battle of Kalinga that led to killlings of around 3-4 lac people and yet after all this he was able to turn around his life, feel the remorse and the futility of his earlier actions and today he remains as a legend in Indian History with his chakra in our flag !

    However, whilst he was a king then and luckily even though he had no superior authority who would punish him he managed to turn around things..

    That is one story that always puts me at a quandary about giving criminals another chance...

    however, if the court, started doing this... would that not set a completely wrong precedent??

    I am pretty clear that Sanjay was a spoilt brat and crossed the line... which has clear punishment and so be it... He must pay the sentence and end his own trauma !

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    1. I guess we have a very short memory span. In case of Ashoka.. we have no memory at all. Same goes for every other king who treated women as objects and people as slaves.
      Also, we have a tendency to protect our dear ones no matter how gruesome their crime is. In case of an actor who is worshiped by the masses, this is not new. Imagine if it was Rajnikanth, there would have been a countrywide bandh. We don't realise that by these actions we are not protecting the criminal but encouraging the crime. This, I believe, is a crime in itself.

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  6. i don't endorse the view of giving criminals a second chance. those who lose their lives don't get a second chance. why should the perpetrators be given the choice?

    although i am not aware of his involvement in this case but if he was an accomplice then he deserves more than 5 years imprisonment.

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    1. You are right when you say that those who lose their life don't get a second chance, then why the perpetrators. Imagine how the family members of those who died must be feeling on seeing this shameful act by the 'fans'.

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  7. Thats what this country is about, if you have money and power..you can get away with probably anything

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    1. Hmm, sad truth. As if, it's a 'sin' to be born poor.

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  8. It is really sad to see the kind support that is being given to Sanjay Dutt. Supporting him is making the mockery of the judicial system.

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    1. I read more about him today - his years as a junkie, the time when his wife died, his struggle, his friendship with the underworld, etc. He's had a tough life. Still, that doesn't mean he should be pardoned.

      We know him as Munnabhai/Baba. We don't know anything else. And so, we should actually leave the law to the judiciary.

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  9. I wholeheartedly agree. I just don't understand all the hype around it. If he is guilty, he should go to jail period

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    1. Exactly. If we pardon a guilty man, we are encouraging lawlessness. And we all know how badly our country needs to get rid of this menace.

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