Whatever our ideological perspectives may be, it is a fact that Rajiv Gandhi was a former Prime Minister of the nation whose patriotism was unquestionable. Despite being weighed down by Congress culture, his intentions were not malafide.
A careful perusal of the advocates of clemency for his
assassins and the institutions
(and nations) supporting them -
in the conspiracy to abort the delivery of justice is very informative.
There are some brainwashed useful idiot Hindus inadvertently adding their voice to this vile and seditious campaign. That is sympomatic of the LTTE itself -
poor Hindu Tamil footsoldiers
instigated and brainwashed
by the Christist LTTE leadership to die as cannon fodder in their
separatist war against Sri Lanka
(and ultimately against India itself).
I fervently hope that President Pranab Mukherjee puts an end to this evil expeditiously, by the stroke of his pen - in the same
manner that belatedly and finally delivered justice to Mohd. Afzal Guru &
Ajmal Amir Kasab.
NEW DELHI: Three Rajiv Gandhi assassins have opposed the execution of the death sentence awarded to them by pointing to the 12 year-lag between the Supreme Court's confirmation of the high court's order to send them to the gallows and the rejection of the mercy petition by President. Behind this argument, it turns out, is a well-organized campaign by LTTE cadres, sympathizers and human rights groups opposed to death penalty who could well have been the reason for the delay in the first place.
The announcement of death penalty led to the European Union issuing a demarche to the Indian government. Tamil and human rights groups lobbied France, South Africa, Germany, Denmark, UK MPs, the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore as well as Indian ministers for not carrying out the death sentence. Rashtrapati Bhavan was bombarded with clemency pleas.
It was against such a backdrop that President K R Narayanan did not take up the clemency pleas in 1999.
Among the other petitioners who sought death penalty waiver were NGOs like Campaign against Death Penalty, Dravidians for Peace & Justice, South Africa chapter, South African Tamil Federation, The World Saivite Council, the South Indian Foundation and the Federation of Tamil Associations in France.
Others quoted Gladys Staines who forgave those who murdered her husband and children.
Among the political leaders who petitioned for the four were MDMK's Vaiko and SAD's Simranjit Singh Mann.
Rev Dr Arul Das James, Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, and Baba Amte also supported clemency while the then minister of state for petroleum and natural gas E Ponnuswamy forwarded a plea as well. From the judiciary, V Krishna Iyer and Justice Hosbet Suresh also submitted pleas to Narayanan.