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Shocking Case of Miscarriage of Justice


Paper No. 5311                                            Dated 25-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Instances of miscarriage of justice are many in India. Sometimes, such instances arise due to gross negligence by the police in the investigation. Sometimes, due to wanton fabrication of evidence and violation of the legal procedures to be followed during the investigation.

Death as a Deterrent


Paper No 5307                                          Dated 23-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Fear of death rarely acts as a deterrent to irrational or well-motivated people. It also rarely prevents crimes of passion or crimes committed in the heat of the moment.

2. If fear of death can be a deterrent, there should be no suicide terrorism. Nor should there be other dastardly crimes. They continue to take place in countries which have death penalty on their statute book. The US is a typical example.

Ajmal Kasab’s Execution: Why there is no reason to celebrate.


Paper No. 5306                             Dated 22-Nov-2012

Guest Column: Swati Parashar

When the tragedy of 26/11 unfolded in 2008, the trauma was felt far and wide. I was a PhD student in the UK and, far away from home, I shared the grief with millions of Indians as we wondered why Mumbai deserved the gory blood bath. The Chabad house hostages were tortured before being killed by the ten men from Pakistan, to avenge what was happening to the Palestinians.

The Threat of Jihadi Terrorism Continues


Paper No. 5304                                               Dated 22-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

(Written at the request of the Editor, Economic Times)

Public satisfaction over the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), in a Pune jail on the morning of November 21,2012, should not make us forget that no action has been taken so far by the State of Pakistan against  the master-minds of the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai.

Kasab’s Execution: Where can there be Retaliation by Jihadi Terrorists?


Paper No. 5303                                        Dated 21-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Before the execution of Ajmal Kasab, the Pakistani terrorist of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), who had participated in the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai, at Pune on the morning of November  21,2012, our security agencies must have examined the likelihood of retaliation by jihadi terrorists in Pakistan and India and strengthened security precautions to prevent retaliatory attacks.

Myanmar- Suu Kyi's visit to India

Paper No. 5301                                           19-Nov-2012                     

By C. S. Kuppuswamy

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited India from 13-18 November 2012. During the visit, in New Delhi, she met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Vice president Hamid Ansari, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Minister for External Affairs Salman Kurshid, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and speaker of Lok Sabha Meira Kumar. 

Time to Avoid Romanticisation of Aung San Suu Kyi


Paper No. 5297                                Dated 16-Nov-2012

By B. Raman

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is presently on a visit to India where she grew up and studied as a teen-ager. Her widowed mother was posted as the Myanmar Ambassador to India. She delivered the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture at New Delhi on November 14, 2012. She was interviewed on November 15 by Barkha Dutt of NDTV and Karan Thapar of CNN-IBN. Before her arrival, she gave a detailed interview to Nirupama Subramanian of “The Hindu”.


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