And ask, what business is it of Bal Thackeray’s whether Anjali Waghmare defends Kasab or not?
As a citizen of this country I privately think that the best way to deal with Kasab is to make him slave for a day in the place of each person who died, make him do the work they did for the nation with none of the benefits, and then shoot him. I’m vindictive that way.
But then, I’m not a leader telling people what to think and therefore I can afford to think short-term, vindictive thoughts.
Thinking as a person whose thoughts affect other people, I have to say that in this country at least, we have an operating legal system. It’s in place for a reason – to ensure that our behaviour is just, no matter how anybody else behaves anywhere else.
It might seem like a bit of a farce to try Kasab when his guilt cannot be any clearer, but it’s a process that needs to be followed through so that we can hold our heads high and consider our conscience clean.
For this process to be followed through, a lawyer must be appointed for him. I think it’s extremely unpatriotic not to mention unprofessional for a lawyer to refuse this office. When one does so for fear of political reprisal, more shame to the people who cannot see that patriotism comes in higher forms than attacking restaurants or tearing up cricket pitches.