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Mumbai verdict and the media bloodlust

Soutik Biswas | 12:35 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

A mock hanging of Qasab in IndiaThe death penalty for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, hopefully, brings to an end the media-driven bloodlust over how the only surviving gunman of the Mumbai attacks should be punished.

It all began with the networks saying that nothing less than a death sentence for Qasab would satisfy Indian people. To put things into perspective, more than 300 of India's 120,000 convicts face death sentences. The majority of these sentences, I believe, will be commuted to life at some stage. The last execution in India was held in 2004, the one before that in 1995. There is a rising tide of opinion against capital punishment, and there is another impediment: most states do not have hangmen to execute the sentences.

But if you watch the networks and listen to FM stations, an exception must be made of Qasab and he must be hanged quickly. There was abundant rough justice on offer. A radio jockey gleefully announced that Qasab should be tied to one of Delhi's notorious private buses and dragged around till he died. Another said his limbs should be chopped off. One viewer called in a network saying that Qasab should be hanged from a tree and stoned to death. Mock hangings were staged in cities. "Qasab is not just a terrorist," purred a TV reporter from the scrum outside the court this morning, "he is a serious terrorist and deserves serious treatment."

There is undoubtedly a reservoir of such populist opinion in many countries, particularly those with the death penalty. The question here is about how a responsible media should reflect and report all the views around the issue and steward the discussion.

But this provocative stance must mark a low point in news network coverage in India - critics believe they have played an exploitative, inflammatory role, feeding on and fanning jingoism simply to boost ratings.The media outside the Mumbai court during Qasab's conviction Across the border, the Dawn newspaper wrote that the Indian state "whips into line a weak-kneed media with populist slogans of pseudo-nationalist expediency."

Baying for Qasab's blood also neatly dovetails into the unabashed anti-Pakistan jingoism which some networks revel in. Do such networks shape and alter public opinion? Most people I speak to feel that networks have an exaggerated sense of importance. One editor recently said that TV channels may sway public sentiments temporarily, but were incapable of changing public opinion. So when they stage media inquisitions like in the case of Qasab, they do grave injustice to the vast mass of sane and considered public opinion, which they wilfully ignore. It makes India look like a nation of intolerant bigots.

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  • 1. At 1:28pm on 06 May 2010, BluesBerry wrote:

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  • 2. At 2:34pm on 06 May 2010, ghostofsichuan wrote:

    The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

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  • 3. At 2:58pm on 06 May 2010, stalbans17 wrote:

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  • 4. At 3:37pm on 06 May 2010, desitipu wrote:

    "I hope that Mr. Kasab receives a presidential pardon, and state-sponsored counselling, and the right to live in freedom - and, if need be, anonymity - in India (as his home country apparently refuses to take him back)."
    Is this a joke? If someone breaks into your home and shoots defenceless family members, you would show such love? Prepare for the armageddon, folks! The second coming of the Christ has happened.

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  • 5. At 4:12pm on 06 May 2010, Ayush wrote:

    Mr Biswas,
    One question. Will BBC ever call him a terrorist instead of gunman? Is the word terrorist reserved for those who attack British Interests?
    Also, its not about Media, the media blood lust is the result of irritation of more than necessary delay and care of such terrorists in India. Had it been China or Saudi Arabia, he might have been given a death the day he was caught.
    You should understand the reason this is happening instead of calling it a blood lust. I would love to see Kasab being termed 'terrorist' and then will start understanding BBC's advise.

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  • 6. At 4:58pm on 06 May 2010, vvy wrote:

    Well said Ayush,its really diappointing how CNN and BBC say this guy is just a GUNMAN??? then the 9-11 terrorists in the USA are called just hijackers????? UK allows these radicals giving them legal status to stay and keep whining about them at the backyard,they just dont have courage to question those radicals out right or is it just for the vote???

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  • 7. At 5:04pm on 06 May 2010, quirkoffate wrote:

    Well Mr. Biswas is taking pot shots at some Indian media. He has labeled them bloodlust, whipping up jingoism...The ugliest cut is comparing them with a newspaper from Pakistan!! One thought the English left India in 1947 but obviously not. He has forgotten the discussion is NOT about death penalty but about how a State - called repeatedly a weak State, pseudo secular one, eye on minority vote bank... responds to the threat of proxy war lodged from across the border sixty years back and continuing even now.

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  • 8. At 5:16pm on 06 May 2010, John Bysack wrote:

    Western medias' ill-informed and poorly-educated correspondents still have the hangover from their colonial past, and continue to believe in their divine right to lecture third world countries on every domestic issues under the sun.

    Indian people should and will have final say, as to continuity of death sentence, no matter what thoroughly brainwashed correspondents say.

    Likes of Qasabs deserve to be hanged for thousand years.

    Long live Indian media, and shame on foreign-trained & foreign-fed correspondents.

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  • 9. At 5:39pm on 06 May 2010, CComment wrote:

    I think if he or his mates had killed some of my friends or relatives, I wouldn't need a media bloodlust to encourage me to want him hanged. Stop martyring murderers. Caledonian Comment

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  • 10. At 6:00pm on 06 May 2010, kamal wrote:

    Its indeed true, the saying that 'Angrez chale gaye par inko chhod gaye' (the English left India but left these behind).
    So Mr.Biswas, India shouldn't say anything to those who killed 196 innocents? India should remain silent, or its blood lust. What a sad little piece this article is. I say you don't even want to accept that you're Indian, you don't think you are. And its good, India doesn't need traitors like you. But then stop pretending. Stop maligning India with your name.
    I wish there was a way to have live public chat with so called reporters like you. Would have destroyed your sense if superiority.

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  • 11. At 6:01pm on 06 May 2010, Pankaj wrote:

    Mr. Biswas,

    You have lost a reader of your blog in me. I agree with all the comments above. Infact, Pakistan should be declared a terrorist state. Recent news items support the claim. You have the "gunman" who cold bloodedly killed innocent people coming from Pakistan. You have a certain car bomber who got trained in Pakistan and sets up a car bomb at Times Square. C'mon Mr.Biswas face the reality and get over with the pseudo sympathy. It has become sort of a trend to create un necessary controversies just to grab attention. Infact it is a cheap way to do that Mr.Biswas. Again it might not matter to you but I am not reading any more of your blogs.

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  • 12. At 6:29pm on 06 May 2010, arny wrote:

    Re comment number 6, I don't think the use of the word 'gunman' as opposed to 'terrorist' is an indication of any sort of bias. 'Gunmen' merely communicates to the British audience what he actually did, as opposed to 'bomber' or 'hijacker'. I don't think terrorists are particularly seen as any worse than regular murderers, either.

    Please also remember the whole of Europe has abolished the death penalty permantly, years ago. It's history. Countries can't even be members of the European Union if they have the death penalty.

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  • 13. At 7:30pm on 06 May 2010, CComment wrote:

    #12 You might not think that blokes running around killing nearly 200 innocent people "are particularly seen as any worse than regular murderers", but a lot of other people do. And as for the death penalty, it's doesn't appear that Islamic fundamentalist terrorists seem inclined to drop it any time soon, so why should India if attacked ? Caledonian Comment

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  • 14. At 7:42pm on 06 May 2010, BakedBeans wrote:

    I agree with the author ,he should be served mutton briyani daily which he likes very much.

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  • 15. At 7:54pm on 06 May 2010, aseem wrote:

    I fail to understand the point of this article. Credit should be given where credit is due. The media often does sensationalize news but all that aside, its role in condemning the Mumbai attacks vigorously, is a positive role. Just like its effect in the Jessica Lall case, rallying opinion against a horrific attack is completely justified. You might say this opinion is an extreme one but then wasn't the incident extreme??
    And if you go on with this drivel would you not like to also point out what course of action the media should have taken instead?? I would very much like to hear that..and so would the rest of the people who share my thoughts in the comments.

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  • 16. At 7:57pm on 06 May 2010, Adrionel Niel wrote:

    Well! I guess i agree with Mr.Biswas. See all these comments are'nt we teaching haste. Yes Kasab had indeed killed the 200 (innocent) People. Yeah i guess Mr.Biswas holds reponsiblity for calling him a gun man and not a terrorist for reasons beyond my understanding. But i'm just clear about one thing Capital punishment to anybody is indeed wrong. Its not becuase they still instill fear in people about the punishment but in this case Qasab will be termed a martyr. The videos of him dying for Pakistan ( a country which i think is non- existent anyways). This would not solve the purpose. I think he should be allowed to live to die with the horrific things behind his back.

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  • 17. At 8:18pm on 06 May 2010, BC wrote:

    Qasab should not be hanged simply because our jihadist friends across the border will turn him into a martyr. Instead he should be kept in solitary confinement until the fleas consume him.

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  • 18. At 8:20pm on 06 May 2010, aseem wrote:

    @Adrionel Niel What's the difference? Even if he isn't executed and receives a life sentence, people would use cruelty suffered in imprisonment as motivation instead of martyrdom. One cannot mete out justice based on what signals a group of terrorists draw from it. Justice and the sentence must be based purely on the act committed.

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  • 19. At 8:21pm on 06 May 2010, reachmukul wrote:

    It's media circus Mr. Biswas, blood letting sells advertisement and in turn pays for over qualified experts.
    One day when you are not satisfied with BBC, you may be inclined to join one of these media outlet you have criticized in your article.

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  • 20. At 9:06pm on 06 May 2010, Yayavar wrote:

    I agree with Mr. Biswas that the death penalty was a forgone conclusion. Mr. Qasab deserves it as he did not think straight while attacking innocent people in Mumbai. He is the same person who wanted to be "hanged" and die as a "martyr". Well, the court has fulfilled his wishes. He should be thankful to the Indian legal system that allowed him a fair trial and he still has the options to drag on the legal process for years until his last days. Even after he dies, he will be given a decent burial according to his religion. He cried in the court as the fear of death overwhelmed him. It is rather sad to see the end of a youthful life so early. But the law must take its course. As far as the role of media is concerned, I would like to add here that during the carnage, one of the tv channel interviewer got hold of a minister secured in a cellar in Taj hotel and he was asked over mobile phone his whereabouts and how many foreigners were with him. Little did the tv interviewer realized that this whole conversation was monitored by the terrorist supremo in Pakistan and he directed the attackers to this location. But for the bravery of the Taj hotel employees, these peoples might have been killed. How do you justify the questions of the interviewer? And the stupidity of that minister is besides the point. In this type of trial, I believe the media should play a neutral role rather than a biased one. In our democracy, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but the media should present those views in such a way that does not smell partisan. The media pronounced its judgment on Qasab long before the trial began in the court. In this type of trial, I believe, media should act responsibly in reporting rather than sensationalizing the news. I would also like to say here that Mr. Biwas is entitled to present his views and he should not be judged based on his employment.

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  • 21. At 9:13pm on 06 May 2010, BluesBerry wrote:

    The death penalty for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab will likely bring to an end the media-driven bloodlust. He will become the goat, the sacrificial goat thrown into the wilderness of death – carrying all the sins & secrets of the Mumbai attackers with him.
    How should a responsible media reflect and report on all the views around this issue and steward the discussion?
    The medai should report calmly and objectively about the facts & only the facts of the case.
    I think one question the media should be asking is concerning the role of David Headley, and why this role has not been thoroughly investigated in conjunction with, or at least after, the trial and sentencing of Qasab?
    This is an issue that haunts me, and must haunt the Indian public in regards to Mumbai.
    Why the silence on David Headley?


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  • 22. At 10:46pm on 06 May 2010, CricketBuster wrote:

    Well Mr. Biswas why dont you get this headline changed first and then probably we will pay heed to the bigotted BBC opinion.

    " Mumbai gunman sentenced to death "

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  • 23. At 02:31am on 07 May 2010, ballal wrote:

    Hey guys, what more we can expect from this english slave, Biswas.

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  • 24. At 02:53am on 07 May 2010, Steve Howe wrote:

    I am sorry Mr Biswas but I think your article reinforces the general impression of liberal media bias towards the rights of the criminal rather than the rights of the victim.

    I believe that you are woefully ignorant of the level of anger towards people who perpetrate such heinous crimes and the general level of support for the death penalty in these cases. This does not make the Indian population "look like a nation of intolerant bigots", it makes the Indian population look like an outraged population who believe that justice will only be served when this evil person has his life extinguished.

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  • 25. At 03:16am on 07 May 2010, Malcolm wrote:

    Mr. Biswas,

    In all objectivity, how would you advise the Indian media to have covered this story? In other words, what would you have done differently if you had been an Indian journalist? Moreover, on your comment on Pakistan-bashing: which country do you know of, now or at any other time in history, which would react with peace against another nation that actively promotes violence against it? Some examples of these acts of violence by Pakistan include: rape and genocide in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), sending gunmen across the border into Kashmir since 1988 until today, occupying Kargil in India, train bombings in Mumbai, bomb blasts in Mumbai's iconic buildings in 1993 and again attacks in 2008, attacks in Bangalore, attacks on the Indian parliament, attacks on the concept of India by Hafeez Sayeed, sheltering a global terrorist in Dawood Ibrahim and training gunmen for attacks on Britain, Denmark and the USA.

    In contrast, the USA attacked Afghanistan for incidents on just one day on it's soil. In your reasoning, was that attack justified?

    I am pacifist in nature. However, when one leads a country, it is that person's responsibility to protect the lives of that nation's citizens. Our Indian leaders have failed to do so repeatedly. In contrast, the media have done a remarkable job in reminding them of their duties. Your crticism of the Indian media is, in my opinion, one-sided and quite unfair. You do not offer any suggestions, for example, on how it could be more effective. Criticism, in order to be constructive, must by definition include such suggestions. Otherwise, it gets reduced to the level of an uninformed opinion, or worse still, of bias.

    I look forward to the benefit of your response.

    Malcolm

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  • 26. At 03:21am on 07 May 2010, Das wrote:

    One should appreciate BBC for choosing its reporters tactically, a blog I thought should reflect ones own idea, here Mr.Biswas has become an Indian veil to a British Parisan Media.

    Just think about this scenario - India faces constant daily attacks from Terrorists [we all know from where] and its poeple die gory deaths. For once, mind you, for once a terrorist is cought red-handed with incredible amount of evidence and he is being treated with kid-gloves by BBC. We Indians are fools, really. We are highly emotional - we all know death or no death to kasab will not make any difference, our neighbour the biggest exporter of 'Gunmen' will continue to do so, we will continue to dance on the streets once in a while when they are cought and the Media will join us in the party. You, BBC go worry about you IRA gunmen, oops... sorry IRA terrorists.

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  • 27. At 03:58am on 07 May 2010, indiablogger815 wrote:

    Oh the Indians are an evil bloodlusting lot. How dare they want to see this innocent man killed ! Afterall he only acted in the "best interests" of his great nation and religion, by helping to gun down 176 non-believers ! Soutik, you are the champion of the righteous ! All the best for the next Nobel peace prize. If B.Hussein.O could do it, you could too !

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  • 28. At 04:32am on 07 May 2010, djavous wrote:

    The death penalty has been revived in the USA.No matter what you may think it does bring closure to the victims families.As for the EU just see how long the EU will last.Its already on the brink of financial collapse.What you are referring to is trial by media.....a term coined in the USA.They are the gurus in that field. Shame on you for quoting Pakistani media.Pakistan doesnt have an unbiased voice.Its a country run by fanatics; rouge army generals; warlords and drug and gun smugglers.Bring law and order to Pakistan and see how quickly the Afganistan and Kashmir issue is solved.Also 90% of drugs going to the west will stop.Admit that Pakistan is a rouge nuclear state and a facilitator of global terrorism.

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  • 29. At 04:51am on 07 May 2010, a_ban22 wrote:

    I felt the article was more about media jingoism than the actual merit of the case. I have faith in the Indian judicial system as they do deliver, even if late, even if not always.
    Trial by media however is one disturbing trend, particularly in this sub-continent. People have been angry, yes, but I'd agree with one comment that Indian media does not really shape public opinion but only provide temporary excitement. One just needs to follow the leading media group in Kolkata to understand this, personalities are portrayed rarely based on facts but rather the media's interpretation of facts.
    Qasab deserves to die, the court has ruled and I agree, but we ourselves need to introspect on the inner nuances of terrorism. We need to introspect on how vulnerable we are from among ourselves apart from blaming Pakistan.

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  • 30. At 05:28am on 07 May 2010, Pavan wrote:

    Mr. Biswas, writing some thing against India does not make you a balanced journalist. You are straying away from the topic and trying to project yourself as a peace dove. In India also, capital punishment is given in rarest of rare cases. It was given last time in 1998. This case comes under such rare case. Moreover if capital punishment is banned in Europe it does not mean every country in world should follow Europe. There is no single universal law in the world.And don't say that this comes under human rights. Human rights are for the people who behave humanely.

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  • 31. At 05:38am on 07 May 2010, IndianBoy wrote:

    Mr.Biswas, Thanks for reminding this to us. We are all educated but underneath we are ordinary human beings who love their country and people. Probably some media are shown over reaction for everything. Including racist related attack in Australia, Cricket, Sex scandal etc. If the media is not campaigned that much against any crime against innocent civilians, there will not be any response from respective governments. But no one can stop public anger infact. Think about the 3 days gunman shot indiscriminately at everyone ? Are we living in a civilized world ? His operatives living somewhere in luxurious Army bungalow and ordering these morons ? Lucky that US arrested the Shahaz, otherwise he will go to Pakistani court and go free. You should read Farid Zakaria's opinion about Pakistan, i think he got it right. Pakistani terrorism related activities boiling around the world. Think about Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, all those trained in Pakistan. There is a boiling anger growing against Pakistan around the world.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/05/zakaria.pakistan.terror/index.html

    India should not be soft target anymore. Pakistan should stop it.

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  • 32. At 05:39am on 07 May 2010, Harit wrote:

    In last few days many Indian news channels have displayed lynch mob mentality. There is no doubt that Qasab is dreaded terrorist and deserved the punishment he got. But media in the race of TRP has gone overboard and encouraged jingoism.

    But perhaps it is a result of continuous failure of Indian state to catch and punish the people responsible for terror attacks in the past. Worse is even if they caught they find a way in Indian system to escape punishment. One Afzal Guru who was clearly convicted for Indian parliament attack still not being hanged due to vote bank politics.

    But above all Qasab's trail and conviction is a clear proof that infrastructure of terror and hate in Pakistan poses a threat to rest of the world and needs to be destroyed as quickly as possible.

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  • 33. At 07:06am on 07 May 2010, Jayaraman wrote:

    Qusab deserves the death penalty. However these are the people who have been brainwashed to become suicide bombers. Others may feel bad about Qusab but by himself he must be a happy man to have got the death penalty.

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  • 34. At 07:09am on 07 May 2010, U14366952 wrote:

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  • 35. At 07:38am on 07 May 2010, U14366952 wrote:

    From KASAB to KASHMIR
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    Before responding to Mr Biwas, I wish to rebuff and more importantly, refute the assertions made in this article.

    The pertinence of Neutrality:
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    Although a stand of neutrality in disputes is seen as sign of fairness and equitable treatment, it is morally wrong to equivocate between the good and the bad.

    1. If Mr Biswas was just, he would take a stand that a terrorist called Kasab is a brainwashed end-product of religious indoctrination against Indians, against Jews and against Americans.

    2. If Mr Biwas has the perspicaciousness to Judge the important facets to be brought into his blog, which is being read around the world ,he will not write on so called ‘jingoistic reporting’ in the Indian media and focus on this terrorist and his cause.

    3. If Mr Biswas had the nads to take a stand from his heart,he need not be a BBC journalist. Just the moral science talk in primary school or the lore’s of Panchatantra[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panchatantra] are sufficient to determine who is evil here.

    Mission Kashmir and Kasab:
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    Kasab and his cause are inextricably linked to Kashmir and religious intolerance from Pakistan. Many Pakistanis tend to think that their country is the custodian of Muslims in this world. They seem to passionately believe that Muslim wellbeing can only be achieved by an Islamic theocracy called Pakistan. But fact is, If Pakistan really cared about the Muslim fraternity

    -The Bengali atrocities(even labeled genocide) of 1971 would not have happened. Refer :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1971_Bangladesh_atrocities

    -The Baluchistan movement on the premise of discrimination in resource allocation would not have arisen.Refer : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochistan_conflict

    Case in point is the fact that Pakistan is still licking its wounds from the Bangladesh liberation war. It still sees itself as state without an identity. It still does not have a purpose except to outdo India, than figure out what it wants to accomplish as an independent state for 61 years. Also, Kasab and his confederates are a few among the thousands of Jihadis being trained into fighting India by the means of an easy strategic tool called terrorism. It gives Pakistan a convenient opportunity to vent its frustration of defeat and brings solace to its sense failure as a state.

    - Kasab’s case also highlights how Satans roam freely in Pakistan,as till date,Lakhvi and Hafeez sayed are under the aegis of the ISI.

    - Kasab’s trail has uncovered the diabolical fact that Pakistani lineage has the potential to harbor hate for decades even after being an expat Pakistani.David Headly,Tawahur Hussain Rana case establishes without doubt that all Pakistani americans/expats need to profiled to ensure world security and safety

    - Kasab’s case unravels, that Muslims are not the actual problem, but the average Pakistani Muslim (with exceptions) seems to have a problem with the world as a whole. He perceives India on the east as an enemy. He also does not appreciate the Afghan government as it is very close to India. Without doubt, he hates America for being a friend of Israel .Even a Palestinian will not hate America for supporting Israel as an average Pakistani after Friday prayers.

    - This case also proves that Indian Muslim should be applauded for being relatively untouched by Al Qaeda. The Indian Muslim has learnt to live in a secular society, despite skirmishes has embraced ‘Indianness’ and the nature of compromising for each other as innate quality Indians has worked.

    Do watch this video :Sharukh Khan and Fareed Zakaria talk about the Indian muslim and his tolerance :

    http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2010/04/02/gps.india.muslims.cnn

    - The previous point eliminates the need for KASHMIR to be a part of a state which runs terror factories with impunity and makes it an inseparable part of India.

    - Kasab case proves that a state created on the concept of separate land for subcontinent’s Muslims has failed. It has become a threat to WORLD PEACE AND SECURITY.

    - Above all it demonstrates that Pakistan is run by a Junta named ISI,and it has wrecked the country by ingurgitating its resources, preaching hate against India to win public support and legitimacy to rule.

    Hence,Mr Biswas should take a stand on Kasab’s cause before turning his focus on Kasab himself and even before thinking about media reporting on Kasab.Is not his digression manifest?

    Contention of Media Jingoism and Bloodlust: A total SHAM
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    I have tracked the news in English in the last two days and found no indication of a bloodlust.As far as Hindi news, there could have been strong call for hanging a terrorist. However it is fully understandable, given that this 22 year old zealot brought for 2 days on the victims and the mental trauma of not only the relatives of the killed, but also on the nation as the live coverage was heart-breaking to watch or ignore.

    On ‘Dawn newspaper wrote that the Indian state "whips into line a weak-kneed media with populist slogans of pseudo-nationalist expediency."’

    :- Height of HYPOCRISY indeed. The editor of Dawn news spoke in CNN IBN and tried to condone Kasab by saying such undesirable incidents are offshoots of ‘repression’ in Kashmir’.Can Mr Biswas quote an article from Geo TV ,Dawn or any Pakistani news channels that condemn or flay the Mumbai massacre and the terrorist groups in Pakistan, notably the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

    Why should we buy the theories of Javed Naqwi? Has he condemned the dilly dallying in accepting the Pakistani origins of Kasab? Has he written how JuD[Jamat ud Dawa] has metamorphosed from a charity organization to a devilish terror school that spawns Kasabs? Has Javed Naqwi written about ISI controlling Pakistan? He criticises Pakistani government, but never targets the ISI as Pakistani journalists know who runs the show!!.Also Geo tv editor tried to draw parallels between Shiv Sena and LeT on being asked about Hafiz Sayed,so a political party and LeT are of same ilk according to him, is it?

    HAS PAKISTANI MEDIA WRITTEN,HOW INDIA PROVIDES EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO MUSLIMS.An Indian muslim can be Prime Minister of India. Does it work the similarly in Pakistan for a Hindu? Has Pakistani media taken note of this fact and reported to the Pakistani people?

    Pakistani media has not condemned foreign minister Quereshi for his grandiloquent use of words in belabouring Kashmir and using the word ‘security’ as an elliptical reference to terrorism.

    We don’t need a Lecture from the Pakistani media on Jingoism. We know the ‘Death to India, Death to America’ slogans in Pakistani mosques after Friday prayers.Is this not jingoism?. The pathetic Kashmir solidarity rally, to rail and rant against India.Is this not jingoism. Does Pakistani media label it jingoism?

    Mr Biswas is DEAD WRONG about some news channels to say ‘Baying for Qasab's blood also neatly dovetails into the unabashed anti-Pakistan jingoism’

    Indian media is vibrant with diverse viewpoints, yet stands united to demand death to a terrorist and rightfully so, even if it be with fervour, period. Not that I support TRP craving news channels, but we would be willing to listen to Jingoism claim if non BBC foreign media believes that Indian media is jingoistic.

    On Biswas,I don’t know why his blogs are habitually jaundiced. It quibbles over petty details.

    And last, we are open to be chastised for our pitfalls. We are not infallible as a nation and would love to experiment and hear from occident or the orient to change our ways to make this nation a success in the contemporary era.

    Would end by the remarks of a proud Indian muslim named Fareed Zakaria [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fareed_Zakaria],who writes about the Pakistani state - Fareed says :

    "The attempted Times Square bombing brings to mind the fact that Pakistan continues to be the "epicenter of Islamic terrorism" :

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/05/zakaria.pakistan.terror/index.html.

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  • 36. At 07:46am on 07 May 2010, jaytirth wrote:

    What is more important is that in spite of such a public opinion India has given Kasab a fair trail and a chance to defend himself. Public hysteria is visual even in developed countries like UK(James Bulger murder case) but is should interfere in the matters of judiciary.

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  • 37. At 08:06am on 07 May 2010, Dr Najath Manzil Ahmed Nadapuram wrote:

    Your coining those who try to get kasab a fair justice and death penalty for his killing of hundreds of innocents as bloodlust samaritans is provocative. A terrorist should be dealt with firmly otherwise more terrorists will thrive.

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  • 38. At 08:22am on 07 May 2010, bbcmani wrote:

    Lets not foget there is more justice needed in India. this attack on mumbai is just a dip in the ocean compared to India's past history. Let me remind those Indians that 3000 Sikhs were killed in 1984 and those who were behind this were MP's, members of the police force and yet there is little justice there. The treatment of low cast people in India by seniors or high cast people is truly disgusting. There is more justice needed in India by bringing these people to account and they are not muslims, they are of Indian nationals themselves who apparently say they are proud to be Indian or Hindustani but yet they don't treat other equally and in my eye's they are the biggest Terrorists in Indian History

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  • 39. At 09:26am on 07 May 2010, Dhruv wrote:

    @EternalIndia: You nailed it! Spot on!

    I wonder when Soutik Biswas plans to respond to the comments on his work. Not only is it one sided, it doesn't really carry a universal value to it.

    A journalist should be neutral than biased, not saying that Soutik Biswas is, but this article has taken a "universal human rights drive" on an issue that "a country" is facing for the last 61 years. Terrorism.
    Don't you think you lost the plot here, Soutik?

    Kasab should or shouldn't be hanged, this really depends on how much belief is put in the tag he will get from the "other" side. Martyr. Does a civilised world really care what he's been tagged with, knowing what the real truth is!? knowing that the whole idealogy the extremists thrive on is wrong at the first place?!

    A wrong tag, for a murderer, working for an extremist group with illogical theories and belives. What is positive here!? So, why care what is belived by someone who is already wrong.

    Indian media is massive and is certainly driven on TRP's, however, it's the media's responsibility as well to address the opinion of the masses. If the country's (the country who faced the threat and is constantly dealing with it) media does not do it, who will? Denmark TV!?

    More people agree here that this article wasn't the one expected from BBC, which I follow, which usually has good coverage of news (what I really ask for as I don't make my opinions on news, to make one, you have to do your research). However, these articles, create a different mindset for people who base their opinions on these articles!

    Lastly, I don't think the Indian media has blown this thing out of propotions. I don't think the "Human Rights Issue - Capital Punishment" should even be a part of this story, when the country is dealing with constant proxy war.

    Again, EternalIndia, your comment was classic! I'm gonna save this as a file.

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  • 40. At 09:40am on 07 May 2010, virgo_091 wrote:

    Soutik, "intolerant bigots" - if anyone considers India as such for the infamous reason on which the article was written, then its a great recognition - that people are intolerant towards such dastardly acts, intolerant towards bureaucracy, intolerant towards impatience, and so on. Nevertheless, judicial system, as everyone believes, relies more on the evidence than the media focus, which you also could appreciate. And thanks for your certificate again, "intolerant bigots". :-)

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  • 41. At 09:43am on 07 May 2010, Jayanta Bhattacharya wrote:

    Soutik,

    I was absolutely ashamed to see the behaviour of a huge majority of my urban countrymen rejoicing in the manner they were following the passing of the death sentence by the judge on Kasab.

    It was, however, not surprising to see the sentiments backed by even shameless media who were playing to the gallery. The sight of the gleaming with delight Ujjal Nikam flashing the V-sign and the case book that had the picture of a noose and Kasab was abhorring to say the least. Nikam's display of emotions was beneath contempt.

    However, what disappointed me the most when the so-called intellectuals and nationalists in twitterati were celebrating the sentence.

    Death 'penalty' is an oxymoron in itself. You just can't punish a man by putting him to death. In modern society there is no room for medieval type retribution. The penal system must have the objective to reform and rehabilitate a criminal. Even if a criminal is 'beyond reforms' it doesn't mean that we give up trying.

    The hypocrisy of the so-called 'intellectual changemakers' is exposed when they decry the stonings and public executions/amputations carried out by some countries while supporting such a heinous act in the name of justice.

    Indian laws are so ridiculous. Just imagine this:

    a) You can't terminate a pregnancy legally after 3 months even if it is proven that the foetus is deformed, yet you can hang a person in the name of justice.

    b) You cannot allow a person suffering from terminal illness euthanasia even if he undergoing unbearable pain because of pro-life 'values' and 'ethics', but you can carry out a murder of a healthy young man in the name of justice.

    This is a total disgrace.

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  • 42. At 09:44am on 07 May 2010, Sukhvir Singh wrote:

    I entirely agree with Mr. Biswas's views which he articulated in his article. What went on in the Indian media after the Kasab verdict was
    pronounced was absolute lunacy and baring one electronic channel which
    I do not want to name, everybody else resembled as being mentally sick
    and depraved. By the way , I hope many of these who are celebrating will not mind if delirious celebrations erupt in a particular state in India if and when the dozens of the perpetrators of the 1984 anti-sikh genocide (not riots as is generally being reported) are shown the same kind of quick and fast justice. Justice cannot be selective. It has to be across the board. A terrorist isn't necessarily the only one who carries an AK-47 and with a name belonging to some particular communities. By all means, punish the person deserving of punishment under the Indian law, but without the emotional depravity and the vampire-like blood lust. People can do with a little more being civilised and not resemble medieval age barbarians.

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  • 43. At 09:50am on 07 May 2010, indus wrote:

    Soutik Biswas: Another case of armchair critic.

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  • 44. At 11:08am on 07 May 2010, IndianBoy wrote:

    Hello Dr NajathManzilAhmed, this is the reply for your post here.

    Kasab killed innocent civilians because they are non believers of the same religion he believes. Do you think we Indians firmly deal with him and garland him with Kashmiri roses and send by Samjowda express to Lahore with couple of gifts like few baskets of Kashmiri apples. What do you mean firm ?

    Pakistan should stop teaching wrong things to youngsters in the first place to deal this issue.

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  • 45. At 11:42am on 07 May 2010, sruthi wrote:

    Shame on you .Mr.biswas,,how on earth could you expect indian people to be silent after witnessing 26/11 massacre? The western world never recognized the pain we indians suffered at the hands of pakistani terrorists,the entire world woke up to the threat of terrorism only after 9/11 massacre,many indian soldiers have lost their lives due to pakistan sponsored terrorism,Mr.biswas,how could you expect us to remain silent when pakistan continues to provoke with such deadly terror attacks,how could you call our anguish as blood lust?I request BBC to respect indian sentiments,we need not learn about nationalism from a failed state like pakistan.Mr.Biswas are you not aware that pakistan is the epi centre of terrorism and it is a fact that pakistani nationals are behind many terror plots which were unearthed.Mr.Biswas ,please mind your words,you are branding our anguish as blood lust,it shows your mindset,it has become fashionable for foreign media and their dependents like you to criticize india to please your western bosses.Mr.Biswas,please dont talk about patriotism and nationalism,it sounds like a big joke.

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  • 46. At 12:54pm on 07 May 2010, Lincy wrote:

    Thak you Mr. Biswas for speaking out a very sensitive matter.
    In the time of information era, where India likes to be settled and sees itself, it is the duty of the media to provide objective information.
    I can understand that family members of the died ppl ask for revenge, but all others have no right at all to judge and choose between life or death. One should always remember that even media is selective on what they broadcast and what not. Therefore in this case media plays a lot with human emotions, if its fear, sorrow or revenge. A method which was also used before by western medias in other cases. But its the responsiblity of any thinking human to see all facets!
    By the way, death penalty has been a practice of the colonial time (evan before) when rulers put themself in the position of god. Therefore one should also consider the fact that death penalty is still legal in India - in the world's largest democracy.

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  • 47. At 2:18pm on 07 May 2010, jet225 wrote:

    The BBC always gets into a tizzy trying to describe TERRORISTS. The different monikers include 'gunman' or 'militant'. Also, when there was abundant evidence about the nationality, the BBC still insisted on calling him 'alleged Pakistani gunman'. But when the British military is about to launch the 'biggest ever offensive against the taliban in afganistan', the BBC just laps it up. It takes a real journalist like Jerome Starkey to uncover the sordid details of the NATO cover-up. Yet, we in India still have to listen to lectures on journalistic ethics from the BBC. Very rich indeed.

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  • 48. At 3:22pm on 07 May 2010, krishna gujjari wrote:

    This is no way to react to a judgment. Terms like Terrorist, gunman or intolerant bigots do not really matter. What India needs to do is to tackle terrorism from neighborhood or from within by training the forces better and increasing the awareness among the people about their own role in its prevention. Just being hysterical or emotional really does not appear to help. Kasab is not the problem but terrorism and our weak response are the problems we need to tackle first. No need to depend on the west or cruelty but our resources and updated technology will be more effective.

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  • 49. At 4:05pm on 07 May 2010, emsti wrote:

    Its quite interesting to me that the author has chosen not to respond to the allegations made and comments submitted by the readers.

    Given the lack of response to me it appears at best it is callous of the author to write such an opinionated article and at worst to incite ill feeling and flaming comments from readers. A rather shameful piece of work.

    I ask the BBC - what purpose does this author serve in your world of reporting?

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  • 50. At 5:39pm on 07 May 2010, manish wrote:

    Mr. Biswas - Look here, imagine yourself in this position - YOU IN THE HOUSE, YOUR SPOUSE, KIDS, PARENTS, NEIGHBOURS, DISTANT RELATIVES shot to death by a cold-blooded "gunman". You're hiding behind a closet but YOU have been blessed with a FULLY loaded AK-47.... what would you do? Put the Indian Media in your position - let's start the dialogue over again - I'm trying to be patient with you over here.....

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  • 51. At 6:51pm on 07 May 2010, CricketBuster wrote:

    Why do I get the feeling that Mr. Biswas has many login IDs created and respond via them to support his usual drivel. This user name Jayanta Bhattacharya doesnt sound too different from the author ... does he?

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  • 52. At 6:58pm on 07 May 2010, yoss wrote:

    The BBC across its publications presents an extreme left ideological viewpoint and always has inspite of its professed claim to neutrality and its avowed efforts to prevent idelogical bias from creeping into its reporting itself. This of course is Mr Biswas' blog and not a news article and almost by definition is his personal perspective.

    The fact that Mr. Biswas reflects the views of his employer is no surprise. And to complain about his views is meaningless because this particular item is not a news item at all but his take on a news item.


    But the left media everywhere has a common agenda - an agenda of furthering the cause of a welfare state, a wooly headed approach on crime and criminals , lack of individual responsibility and an aversion to take a moral stand on almost any issue because horrors ! That might make some of their liberal fellow travellers look on their liberal compradres with suspicion. Mr. Biswas is just furthering this agenda in his own small way.

    The law has spoken. Let the thug dangle.

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  • 53. At 7:13pm on 07 May 2010, Elango wrote:

    True, the media did reflect the sentiments of most of the Indians. Its only natural to be 'Roman in Rome'.

    Lets not forget that these were the same media personnel who were working hard during the days of the terror attacks relaying so much information to the public from the scenes of horror. Furthermore, Indian media being fully concious of the sentiments of the Indians have agreed not to broadcast the retrieved phone conversations between the terrorists and their Co ordinators abroad, whereas foreign media channels have already made documentaries about this attack inclusive of the phone conversations. And the narrations in these documentaries too were provocative and spirited.

    Providing rehabilitation to a convict who could mercilessly kill innocent people and show no remorse, will send a wrong message to the extremists and is a waste of the tax payers money. The recent execution of the 'Beltway sniper attacks' convict should remind readers that the Death penalty is not just an obsolete judicial clause still existent in the third world.

    Agreed that the media has a very responsible role to in being arbitrary before any Judicial verdict and should refrain from instigating hatred. Fatefully, the whole episode involved innocent victims of several nations, diplomacy strains between neighbouring countries and International pressure on India's national security.
    Hence it is only fair to witness a sensational climax to this 'spiced up' episode.

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  • 54. At 7:14pm on 07 May 2010, darsh wrote:

    dear mr biswas, i have been following most your articles and this one really shocked me.
    its not only media who was bloodlust every person who believe that they are indian by heart, they all were bloodlust.
    i am having funny feeling, should i include you of being an indian?

    i am not sure where were you on 26/11 when this happenned but you should be on either on CST station waiting for transportation or at leopold cafe enjoying snack or if you are posh then taj hotel, mumbai or oberoy hotel with your family and then i want you to write down about the same terrorist who killed your family and somehow you saved yourself and lived rest of the life on your own.

    if all this happenned to you and then i want to see your article that you are not bloodlust.

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  • 57. At 10:23am on 08 May 2010, balanced wrote:

    people are watching, nothing can create or change opinion . soberly, can see thru motives, understand, digest, form their own opinion, despite all the din of media or opinion creators. underestimate and get fooled by the silent.
    media has to survive . let them do what they can think on how to survive. people can assess a media, a journalist, more shrewdly than can be imagined. unnecessary slant will be taken as entertainment. so do not worry . continue the way you think what is right, though i or others may not agree. it is not necessary that one should agree.

    the point is such crimes to be prevented, going to roots . punishing one or hundreds with 'strictest punishment' cannot prevent the birth of more in hundreds in thousands, from outside/from inside.


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  • 58. At 12:56pm on 08 May 2010, drtsiva wrote:

    Oh here he goes again !
    The holier than thou Mr. Biswas !!
    I'm sure you've read the acidic comments posted by "The Sun", "Daily Mirror" and tabloids of their ilk in the UK following 7/7.
    What this underlines is the fact that there exist in every country, media catering to and reflecting the raw emotions of their populace at times of peril.
    So why is India any different from any of the more "civilised" Western countries ?
    Perhaps justice Saudi style is more acceptable?!

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  • 59. At 9:46pm on 08 May 2010, darsh wrote:

    sautik,
    its really easy to criticise the media of such a big hoax but use your little left common sence. should india give him a community service for killing 175 people like UK or hand him back to pakistan.

    i believe somebody here said about english media that what british media did after 7/7 bombing did you comment about them at that time?

    i think mostly all commentor here including me are idiots, they think that you read and learn from the comment but they dont know that this doesn't go far and you are doing your job given to you by your employer which is to criticise india in any case.

    e.g india sending unmanned vehicle to moon or mars. and i am 100% sure that your comment would be they are wasting money.

    p.s GET WELL SOON

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  • 60. At 05:39am on 09 May 2010, acenavigator wrote:

    (1) When the entire world saw and knew that Kasab slaughtered people, the Indian judge took more than a year to get himself convinced that Kasab was indeed a murderer of innocent people.
    (2) To get the judge convinced the Indian Government spent millions.
    For what?
    Just to prove the world that Pakistan breeds terrorists and exports them.
    The Indians are just wasting their time and money. The whole world is aware of it.
    I do not think that there is any other nation as spine less as India, behaving like a coward kid bending backwards to prove that the bully is a bully.
    The best thing to do is, punch the bully and he'd behave himself.
    Indians are awfully shameless.

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  • 61. At 1:51pm on 09 May 2010, yeswanth wrote:

    It has been a while since the incident happened and a bigot seem to have forgotten how heinous the crime was.

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  • 62. At 3:37pm on 09 May 2010, orbital wrote:

    what about the innocent people who were killed during the anti-sikh riots? Were they not Indians or innocent or someone's brother and friend? Why didn't we stand up and shout that the killers should be hanged?

    Either be democratic, liberal and follow the law of the country or turn into the afghanistan which was ruled by taliban where just the idea of justice was there - not justice itself.

    Remember UK doesn't have capital punishment for anyone and neither has the US killed any of the people connected to sept 11.

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  • 63. At 8:43pm on 09 May 2010, Denthrax wrote:

    I think the majority of the comments do represent exactly what you were saying. These are the exact audiences who were being satisfied by the Media mentioned in your article.
    Pakistan practices capital punishment much more than India and the kind of shame and bad name Qasab has brought to Pakistan, I think Pakistan would not have any second thoughts on giving him the severest punishment.
    But the question in your article was that of principle of capital punishment. Everyone is ignoring that and just practicing their National Sport of Pakistan Bashing.
    It may relieve you temporarily, but I think India was also responsible for Mumbai. As you covered the story of mangroves around Mumbai being on high alert now, Why were they not before? Despite the warning from the Americans? They arrive by boat, and surprise surprise, there is no security and they have the Taj Mahal in front of them.
    Sadly, what it has done is appeased the nationalists on BOTH sides and put the peace talks on hold!

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  • 64. At 9:10pm on 09 May 2010, thepastymuncher wrote:

    forgive but never forget??

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  • 67. At 5:10pm on 10 May 2010, CricketBuster wrote:

    Denthrax its hilarious how you can come up with your own bed-time stories.

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  • 68. At 6:16pm on 10 May 2010, shikari shambu wrote:

    Suggest you have a group hug with Arundathi Roy and the likes. You might feel better

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  • 69. At 6:41pm on 10 May 2010, Kitish wrote:

    @IndianBoy: Incorrect. He gunned down innocent people regardless of their religion / background / caste. Do not forget that many muslims were affected by that day as well as Hindus. INDIANS lost their lives that day.

    What I think Soutik is trying to point out is that the Media is meant to be impartial to events that are occuring. They shouldn't be demanding death or justice. They should impart the news impartially even if they are ecstatic by the verdict.

    However - I do disagree with Soutik's reference of 'gunman'. The man was a terrorist pure and simple. He partook in a an act that resulted in hundreds of death and therefore should be treated as a terrorist.
    Would the Americans not be offended if you referred to one of the 9/11 people as simple 'hijackrs' or said that their desire for executing said people be 'bloodthirsty'?

    Also - I have to say that this has become a witch hunt. Some of the remarks on this threat have been insulting and demeaning to both the individual and to th author of this blog. At the end of the day - this is what the International world will see of Indians and there is nothing favourable in that impression if you care to read through the above thread.

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  • 70. At 6:50pm on 10 May 2010, k sriramulu wrote:

    On watching the news channels, both English and regional, I felt that some of these corporate media is trying to imbue the people with the barbarism of middle ages. Fortunately, none has recommended crucifixing of Kasab. It could be that none remembered that this punishment, too, is available.

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  • 71. At 02:50am on 11 May 2010, U14366952 wrote:

    Kitish: "He gunned down innocent people regardless of their religion / background / caste".

    Ya Indians were targetted,but did you forget the Chabad house? Did you forget Baby Moshe who lost his JEWISH parents and has gone back to Israel?

    If Kasab had an option,he would have only targeted Hindus.

    Also on "Some of the remarks on this threat have been insulting and demeaning to both the individual and to th author of this blog. At the end of the day - this is what the International world will see of Indians and there is nothing favourable in that impression if you care to read through the above thread."

    Don't know which remarks you are referring to,but you can read my comment at number 35 and see a view on the other side of the aisle.But,if the author of this blog,stops writing blogs such as this one which shows his total obliviousness on what India and its people are all about,then riddance!! I will be more than happy.

    The seeming fencesitter attitude of the Author of this blog and his ilk
    are taking us away from inevitable the verity.

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  • 72. At 08:57am on 11 May 2010, P J Walton wrote:

    I don't pity Kasab much. He must've known this would happen before he started out. However, I do find the way India's independent media handles other issues very alarming. They seem to promote anger and disgust, for example the with the Australian racism issue. They are very effective in getting the middle classes worked up. They've done well on some issues, highlighting problems, but they have helped to solidify and amplify a lot of middle class prejudices in this country. I've gone back to watching and following Doordarshan. It may the Government's line and boring, but hatred and anger are absent. Arnab Goswami of Times Now makes me feel nauseous -- and insecure! I might be his next meal. We never know which way the tide of public opinion will turn next and he seems to influence it strongly.

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  • 73. At 09:24am on 11 May 2010, armchairquarterback wrote:

    You are quoting Dawn of all newspapers and what a comment they had - it is as credible as a speech on virtue of virginity by a prostitute :)

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  • 74. At 11:41am on 11 May 2010, Gunns wrote:

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  • 75. At 2:52pm on 11 May 2010, Mini wrote:

    I read and re-read the last line of your article "It makes India look like a nation of intolerant bigots". Seriously??

    So Kasab is a "gunman" and not a terrorist exported from Pakistan?

    So the 4 Pakistanis that blew up bombs in the London subways were lone gunman ? Did the British public not want to see justice for the innocent lives taken by these "4 gunmen"?

    Mr Biswas - if you wish to be a serious blogger, you need to take a tougher stance and speak with passion and not edit someone elses words and put it here.

    No blogger worth their salt is going to buzz about your limp description of the mascare and deadly carnage created by these terrorists.

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  • 76. At 3:51pm on 11 May 2010, thethirdeye wrote:

    Why are we creating so much fuss about Ajmal Kasab, who is just a minor pawn in this terrorism game? I would rather like to see the heads of these jihadist groups, like the LeT, Al Quaida, taliban, etc. behind bars and hanged. The mullahs who preach hate in the name of God should be hanged, the madrasas who brainwash an innocent child to become killers should be tore down. It is no use blasting the ordinary Pakistani, they are themselves getting killed by the Taliban - it's a different story that their decades of military dictatorship and bad government policies are to be blamed for that. We should be asking RAW, if they are able to pinpoint the rogue elements in ISI. We should be asking our officers in the external affirs if they are able to build up a global consensus to get them arrested and tried in international court. I don't see any effort in the media to raise these questions. I think we should focus our energy to seek out the top brass of these evil terrorist organizations and eliminate them, rather than waste it over just one 'lone gunman'.

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  • 77. At 4:20pm on 11 May 2010, ghostofsichuan wrote:

    In the history of India many people have been victims of senseless killings. Alexander and later the Moghals killed Hindus by the thousands, and yet India survived. It is internal weakness that destroys nations and external threats come when people are not united in a common sense of identity and purpose. It is always unclear what people feel they need to protect outside of their individual accumulation of things. If he is shot or hanged or tortured, it makes no difference, no one will be made alive and new deaths will happen. Vengence is the goal and nothing else and people try to justify some other reason to make them feel good about something they know is pointless. The death of one man will change nothing.

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  • 78. At 9:22pm on 12 May 2010, Anil wrote:

    "The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.”


    Mahatma Gandhi

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  • 79. At 10:54pm on 12 May 2010, 4FreeSpeech wrote:

    Did Qasab show any mercy to his victims, including women and children? If this doesn't qualify for the death penalty, what does? I doubt many of India's Muslims or Pakistanis would shed a tear. And spare me the bleeding heart excuses, such as he was just a pawn or misguided, or my personal favourite: Two wrongs don't make a right. Qasab put his life on the line the minute he agreed to participate in this horrendous act of terror. Now he must pay the price.

    As for accusing the Indian media of a "bloodlust", it is probably reflecting public opinion much in the same way the American one did after 9/11.

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  • 80. At 9:32pm on 14 May 2010, Scott0962 wrote:

    re. #78. At 9:22pm on 12 May 2010, Anil wrote:

    "The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

    *********

    And look what happened to Ghandi.

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  • 81. At 05:05am on 15 May 2010, jnightingale wrote:

    As an American observer, I find it ridiculous that the sole surviving wanton murderer of men, women and children is being referred to as a gunman. The terrorist murderers who killed innocent men, women and children in cold blood in Mumbai deserve to be executed as much as Sadam Husein. The fact that people across all of India are indignant and angry is a very understandable. Mumbai is a city where people are industriously trying to make India into a modern country marching into the twenty first century with great pride. The murderers from Pakistan are clearly people intoxicated with hatred wanting to rule the world according to some draconian religious laws dating back to the Dark Ages. To the people of Mumbai, I salute you on your resiliency and optimism. In ten years from now, India will have a man walking on the Moon while the advocates of terror will continue to arrest Pakistan as well as other Muslim nations from advancing the well-being of their populations.

    Jed Nightingale
    NYC

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  • 82. At 1:09pm on 16 May 2010, ajeetgoel wrote:

    This whole thing started with the title 'Media' bloodlust.

    Despite some editor saying that 'TV channels may sway public sentiments temporarily, but were incapable of changing public opinion,' in South India, Miss Jayalalitha's continued protest statements, and subsequently the DMK's free TV distribution and news network have both shown the power of the media in forming opinion.

    But frankly, at 62 years of age it is my firm belief that the media presents what sells! It is but a sad reality.

    Given its power, I do hope the media would also play its role as an instrument in making our world a better place.

    So let us have NO muzzlings of Tianenmen square, Khandmal, Babri masjid, the Mumbai terrorism, the list is endless.

    Hopefully, men of Goodwill will get together.

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  • 83. At 4:00pm on 16 May 2010, ajeetgoel wrote:

    Hello Team,
    Am not sending this for publication, but am rather contacting You. Would appreciate a reply from You on this.
    I am new to these things.
    WHY do You write: 'Complain about this comment?'
    Could we not just agree or disagree without making a complaint?
    All the best for Your efforts.

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  • 84. At 5:15pm on 16 May 2010, Simon Morgan wrote:

    If you are short of hangmen, I'm available.

    I agree that baying for this man's blood reduces us to the level of savages - but we do have to become like them in order to defeat them.




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  • 85. At 2:32pm on 29 May 2010, roshankhatiwada95 wrote:

    Is India happy and satisfied by hanging Qasab?
    It was known that he & his team killed many innocent people.But was hanging him a solution 2 the problem.
    Do criminals have right 2 live?your country must think it.
    Ignoring to negotiate with Pakistan for peace talks will be benefitial to third party.It's strange to know that u arbitrate to solve problem but is unable to solve own problem.

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  • 86. At 8:03pm on 29 May 2010, Arthur Brede wrote:

    Please, all those Indian people quite rightly offended by anachronistic Auntie BBC lecturing the world's biggest, most advanced and progressing democracy on points of media when its own performance of late has been nothing short of craven appeasement and rank hypocrisy, do not think that it represents anyone but a small, self-serving bunch of arts graduates clustered around a few affluent, intellectually incestuous London enclaves. It has certainly not represented any of my views, or those of my friends, for a very long time.

    This also seems a good time and place sincerely to thank all the Indian people who tolerated my gross bad manners, social gaffes, awful attempts at Hindi language and general social fumbling (all inadvertent but nonetheless avoidable)while I was a guest for some years in their country, and fervently to hope that some British people are capable of reciprocating when and if required in the UK (although I have NEVER seen an Indian in Britain behaving half as badly as most of us British in India...). I'm probably misquoting the man, but if I rememeber rightly, Mr Gandhi once replied, when asked what he thought of western civilization, that he thought it would be a very good idea. I concur.

    If Indians want to hang the man, hang him - their business. If the Indian press wants to flog a few newspapers around the spin-off from the biggest story for decades, strength to their elbows. If they ever sink as low as the British press, let me know. I'll send flowers.

    Jai Hind! and all who sail in her.

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  • 87. At 10:16am on 14 Jun 2010, Wiser than you wrote:

    re 80. At 9:32pm on 14 May Scott0962 wrote:

    > re. #78. At 9:22pm on 12 May Anil wrote:
    >> "The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one's opponent.”
    >> - Mahatma Gandhi

    > And look what happened to Ghandi.

    Firstly, Scootie, Ghandi is a wholly phonetically-incorrect rendition of the wise man's name. That you were unable even to copy the correct version from what Anil wrote, and were so unfamiliar with his name as not to know better, augurs ill for what is expected from you. You don't disappoint.

    And let us take your advice and look, Soctti, at what happened to Gandhi. He was assassinated by a brainwashed bigot because of his charitable, peaceful views and his goodwill towards India's Muslim minority. But killing such bigots simply spawns more bigotry and hatred. Educating them, particularly by example, is a far better long-term strategy for the survival of our species.

    But Scooter, you may well be a product of "Western Civilisation". When asked for his views on Western Civilisation, the Mahatma immediately replied that he thought Western Civilisation would be a wonderful idea! Please dwell on that delightful retort.

    Your strategy - if one can dignify the folly with that word, PreScott - is "an eye for an eye", straight out of the disgustingly violent and vengeful Abrahamic triumvirate of kooky desert cults. No doubt the idiotic and pathetic murderer Qasab too thought he was rendering an eye for an eye. I encourage you to consult Google and learn about precisely what a wise man prophesied that an eye for an eye would lead to... Gandhi's message has never had more relevance than in the unprecedentedly dangerous times in which we live today.

    (Irrelevantly, I'm "white" - and it is only semantics that makes me an agnostic rather than an atheist)

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  • 88. At 10:29am on 14 Jun 2010, Wiser than you wrote:

    Re 84. At 5:15pm on 16 May Simon Morgan wrote:
    > If you are short of hangmen, I'm available. I agree that baying for this
    > man's blood reduces us to the level of savages - but we do have to
    > become like them in order to defeat them.

    But having adopted their ideology, value system, method or reasoning, most will never be able to wholly shed these. And so the problem is perpetuated and propagates.

    If you become like them, Simon, then they have already defeated you.

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  • 89. At 07:24am on 30 Jul 2010, destinyrules wrote:

    You call him a "GUNMAN" - A coldblooded murderer who killed hundreds of innocent people indiscriminately.
    Yes, we are blood thirsty to kill this culprit, we don't want to see another MUMBAI like Incident and no one in this world should ever dare to do this again.
    MR. BISWAS: Do you think Indians will ever be able forget the sabotage created by these bombers, maniacs??
    Thank God! We at least gave this mass murderer a fair trial! If God forbids me, I would’ve hanged him 1000 times!



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  • 90. At 07:51am on 10 Aug 2010, India Reporter wrote:

    Hi Soutik ,

    Do one thing if possible to avoid extra comments as their should be agree listed along with 'Complain about this comment'.

    It will help to reduce post list.

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  • 91. At 10:51am on 10 Aug 2010, Vj wrote:

    Truth is Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab killed hunderds of innocent lives. Just because a crime else where goes unpunished it does not mean Ajmal Qasab must also go scott free. The victims need justice and Mumbai killings were no ordinary crime.

    Soutik Biswas needs to sympathies with the victims and shed a tear for the orphans and loss of lively hood created by this massacre

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