Shoes at George Bush; No lawyer for Kasab:this is being dumb

Posted on December 15, 2008

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The Iraqi journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 28, a correspondent for Al Baghdadia, an independent Iraqi television station, stood up about 12 feet from Mr. Bush and shouted in Arabic: “This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!” He then threw a shoe at Mr. Bush, who ducked and narrowly avoided it.

Ok everybody got him wrong, arrested him and put him behind bar and what not, some how I have a feeling he meant no harm. All that the Iraqi journalist was trying to do was catch George Bush’s attention. May be, like the prince charming, he was trying to find his Cinderella by showing the shoes.

Jokes apart it was so ridiculous and shameful. How is this incident any different from a bunch of students spitting on an SAR Geelani, a professor sitting on the panel in the middle of a seminar in Delhi University.

Anger and rage are deadly things, we never know what they may lead to. One loses control over his mind in anger and that’s why even in law, a certain general defence is granted to crimes committed in a fit of rage. However nothing that is done with a cool mind with premeditation can be called an act in a fit of rage. These incidents, of shoe throwing and spitting are certainly not done in a fit of rage. If they claim that it was their pain and passion that led them do such ghastly act, I’d say, “What shit load of crap.”

President Bush is an elected President of a free democratic nation and if not anything he is a fellow human. What makes another man to stoop so low in gimmicks to voice his protest. Wasn’t his pen powerful enough that he had to display such vulgar lack of tolerance. What was he thinking? Is that the way civilized people should communicate?

As time goes, as we have mass murderers carrying guns and grenades and openly defying a nation’s sovereignty, I realize that the only thing that can keep us alive is tolerance and calm. I too used to be an angry person as a teenager. Hot blood, rebel mind and all that. I used to make fun of Gandhiji because I thought he was too timid. But today I realize that we’d all simply perish in no time if we all were to lose the non violence and tolerance that Gandhiji preached and inculcated.

Back home, the kind of nationalism we are trying to show by denying Kasab, the only terrorist caught alive in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, a right to seek legal assistance is not just lack of tolerance but plain dumb. A court cannot do a trial unless there are two parties to argue the case. If no lawyer would defend his case he might just get away on mere technicality. Right to legal defence is a fundamental right in our Constitution. By not letting the lawyer defend Kasab we are running into the risk of Kasab filing writ petition and complicating the matter further.

We seem to have forgotten the simplest of lessons we learnt in our primary school days, two wrong can never make a right. Whether George Bush or Kasab or Geelani, no civilian has the right to take an extra judicial decision and inflict a punishment on them. The law of the land should be the same and every single person must abide the law.

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Posted in: Secularism, Terrorism