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Monday, April 28, 2014

Killes or convicts?, A beautiful Post to share...

Rajiv Gandhi Assassination – Killers or Convicts?

by Sidharth Gautham Sunder

Chennai, Apr 26 (TruthDive): In Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, the Indian media is calling the convicts as killers. This is a classic case in which at least one of the convicts Perarivaalan is claiming innocence but has been awarded death penalty. He is repeatedly called as 'killer' thousands of times in hundreds of media all over the world.

Perarivaalan. ( This Tamil  name can be translated as 'the man who rules great knowledge'). He was young when he went to prison. His personality has been assassinated every minute for decades. He is now in the middle age. No one knows whether this man will die inside or outside. More and more hair will turn grey. More and more time will be taken to examine the Great Indian Constitution. What is his fate?

The following are the recent title headlines in Indian media about the release of the convicts in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Supreme Court refers Rajiv Gandhi killers' release case to ...
Indian Express

Why a BJP govt may be good for Rajiv Gandhi's killers?
Firstpost

Rajiv Gandhi`s killers to stay in jail, for now
Zee News

Rajiv Gandhi's killers to remain in jail
India Today

No relief for Rajiv Gandhi killers; SC refers case to constitutional bench
Livemint

SC defers Rajiv Gandhi killers' case to constitutional bench
Delhi Daily News

The Main stream, Sub stream, Undercurrent and Lava media call seven convicts including the following three persons as killers. V Sriharan alias Murugan, AG Perarivalan alias Arivu, and T Suthendraraja alias Santhan.

Once upon a time , one woman called Dhanu acted as human suicide bomber and killed Rajiv Gandhi. She was the killer. She committed both homicide and suicide. The rest of the alleged persons can be called as conspirators. After the sentence is awarded by the court, they are to be called convicts. Only the person who is directly involved in a killing can be called a killer.

Other important alleged person Sivarasan was killed by the police. In 2009, V.Prabakaran, chief of LTTE, alleged to have ordered the assassination was  killed. But that is not enough for revenge, it appears. Why no one understands that Revenge is not Justice?

Is the killer alive now?

Is the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case closed? What happened to the allegations of conspiracy by many Indian citizens and VIPs enquired by Jain Commission? Will you call all of them as killers?

Refer

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/killer
kill•er
a person or thing that kills someone or something
a : one that has a forceful, violent, or striking impact
b : one that is extremely difficult to deal with

The killer is an opt word more widely used for denoting a thing than a person. Why the English media enjoy using the word "killer" to the alleged persons who are convicts now? The case of Perarivalan is very peculiar and it is widely reported that he is innocent. Calling him a killer is the most damaging attack on human rights.

Those who have time,  can read this story by Leo Tolstoy." God Sees the Truth, But Waits"

http://www.online-literature.com/tolstoy/2061/

In this story, an innocent " Aksianov" is punished for a murder and  spends his life in Siberia prison and dies after meeting and helping the real culprit. Wonderful story. Here we see some excerpts in the beginning and the climax of the story.

And Aksionov wrote no more petitions; gave up all hope, and only prayed to God.

Aksionov was condemned to be flogged and sent to the mines. So he was flogged with a knot, and when the wounds made by the knot were healed, he was driven to Siberia with other convicts.

For twenty-six years Aksionov lived as a convict in Siberia. His hair turned white as snow, and his beard grew long, thin, and grey. All his mirth went; he stooped; he walked slowly, spoke little, and never laughed, but he often prayed.

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When Aksionov heard him sobbing he, too, began to weep. "God will forgive you!" said he. "Maybe I am a hundred times worse than you." And at these words his heart grew light, and the longing for home left him. He no longer had any desire to leave the prison, but only hoped for his last hour to come.

In spite of what Aksionov had said, Makar Semyonich confessed, his guilt. But when the order for his release came, Aksionov was already dead.

Hope  Perarivaalan is not Indian Aksionov. If the above happens to Perarivaalan, there will be no God. A section of population led by Arputhammal, mother of Perarivaalan is waiting for him outside the gates. Arputhammal is a fighting mother who will never give up. They all expect Perarivalan to come out, get married, enjoy his life, get everything, speak a lot,  smile, laugh and share his experiences.

It is a pity that the Supreme Court of India has referred this case to a larger constitutional bench to be dragged for a further period. All along this period, the media is going to call Perarivaalan a killer. The Supreme Court which criticized the delay in processing mercy petition now must bestow mercy on these persons so that they come out of the prison alive. Showing Mercy shall never have any conflict with the Justice.

We have to pose a question. Is it a question of who has the power to kill or release the convict? The state Government or Central Government? Why is this question raised now after a prolonged trial ? How many doubts and questions are yet to come? How many more years you are going to torture an innocent? Is it to safeguard the real culprits?

For media, the court has awarded more chances to kill the English word "Killer". Kindly do not use this word on at least one person who is suspected to be innocent. You have already killed him many times. Then why this kolavery?

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More from Askianov of Leo Tolstoy

"So you, too, suspect me!" said Aksionov, and, hiding his face in his hands, he began to weep. Then a soldier came to say that the wife and children must go away; and Aksionov said good-bye to his family for the last time.

When they were gone, Aksionov recalled what had been said, and when he remembered that his wife also had suspected him, he said to himself, "It seems that only God can know the truth; it is to Him alone we must appeal, and from Him alone expect mercy."

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"It is easy for you to talk," said Aksionov, "but I have suffered for you these twenty-six years. Where could I go to now?... My wife is dead, and my children have forgotten me. I have nowhere to go..."

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