Why Tharoor and Bhushan are wrong about Memon’s hanging

Shashi Tharoor says state-sponsored killing reduces us to murderers, hinting that the decisions of the president on mercy petitions are, in effect, taken with inputs from the government. It may have been an indirect barb at Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh, but little did he think that he was also reducing to murderers the top brass of the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance (UPA) governments – Manmohan Singh, Shivraj Patil, Sushil Kumar Shinde, and P Chidambaram – that advised the president to reject the mercy petitions filed for Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. It was only poetic justice that Yakub Memon who deprived 257 people of their right to life had to knock on all doors even in the wee hours of the judgment day in his attempt to get his own life back.

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