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NSA Ajit Doval defends Yakub Memon’s execution, slams Shashi Tharoor

Disapproving of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor's remarks in the aftermath of Memon's hanging, Doval said something that is in the "larger interest of the nation" must prevail.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: August 4, 2015 9:50 pm
Yakub Memon, death penalty, Yakub Memon death penalty, 1993 Mumbai blasts case, Mumbai blasts case, Yakub memon capital punishment, Yakub death sentence, Yakub mercy plea, india news, nation news Disapproving of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s remarks in the aftermath of Memon’s hanging, Doval said something that is in the “larger interest of the nation” must prevail.

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval today defended death penalty where “larger interest of the nation” is involved and deprecated those who questioned the execution of 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon.

Disapproving of former Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s remarks in the aftermath of Memon’s hanging, Doval said something that is in the “larger interest of the nation” must prevail.

“In the evening last Thursday (the day Yakub Memon was hanged), somebody tweeted me a statement by an important leader that — state sponsored killings diminish us all, reduce us to murderers,” Doval said, delivering a lecture here this evening.

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“I am not going into the propriety, exigency or the correctness of the statement. There is something which is in public interest, in the larger interests of the nation and of generations of Indians yet to take birth,” he said, without naming Tharoor, but the reference was obvious.

Doval referred to President George W Bush’s address to the US Congress after the 9/11 attacks to defend exercise of such deterrence.

“After the 9/11 attacks, then US President George W Bush had told the US Congress, that America values its freedom, but should it come in conflict with interests of the state, the latter will prevail,” Doval said.

Striking an aggressive note, the NSA said,”Power is not as good as you have it, but as good as you can exercise.”

“So, India has a mindset where it hits, it punches below its weight, we have to punch not above our weight, we have to punch not below our weight. We have to increase our weight and punch proportionally,” he said delivering a lecture on ‘State Security, State Craft and Conflict of Values’.

Doval said “weakness” of a nation includes “unjustified tolerance”.

“State-sponsored killing diminishes us all, by reducing us to murderers too. Death penalty is wrong in principle and practice. Lots of studies have been conducted which confirm that death penalty has no deterrent effect, statistics also suggest that,” Tharoor had tweeted after Memon’s hanging.

Noting that there has always been a talk on just laws and unjust laws and about correct interventions and incorrect interventions, the NSA said,”The scriptures have addressed this dilemma and come to own conclusions.

“The Bhagvad Gita says, if you can bring pleasure and pain on the same pedestal, loss and profit and victory and defeat on the same pedestal, and thereafter you do whatever you have to do in the battle, you will be committing no sin,” he said.

Doval also quoted a verse from the Quran to explain his point of view.

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    Aug 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm
    doval sir your views are the best you are our country pride we salute you the w world salute you your views the w world agrees with you you are the best we need you to be our leader your word are like tn session and also you showed world the real picture the w world salute you
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      Aug 4, 2015 at 9:45 pm
      well said
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        Aug 5, 2015 at 11:47 am
        I totally agree with Mr. Suren singh. What about Babri masjid demolition , Gujrat pogram and 1984 riots in New Delhi. Hang them first .
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          Aug 4, 2015 at 10:14 pm
          justice is not hiding something it should be naked and from naked
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            Dr Pandit
            Aug 5, 2015 at 5:43 pm
            Mr Doval ji , Sir , you are expecting ''Larger Interest Of The Nation '' ?? ....and that too from a corruption loaded pseudo-secular , bogus secular's Party - man .....forgetting own doubtful involvement in wife's ? death/ /MURDER?.
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