Author: A G Noorani
Praful Bidwai/Several Contributors
Foreword/Introductio: Arundhati Roy
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143103237
On 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was attacked by five—some say six—heavily armed men. Five years later, we still do not know who was behind the attack, nor the identity of the attackers.
Both the Delhi High court and the Supreme Court have noted that the police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions. Yet, one man, Mohammad Afzal, has been
sentenced to death by hanging to ‘satisfy’ the ‘collective conscience
This reader brings together Sixteen essays by lawyers, academics, journalists and writers who have looked closely at the available facts and raise serious questions about the investigations and the trial. They show how there is hardly a single piece of evidence that stands up to scrutiny, and emphasize the urgent need for an impartial, transparent inquiry into the parliament attack and its aftermath.
Introduction: Breaking the News
The Many Faces of Nationalism
Media Trial and Courtroom Tribulations
The Media Constructs a Kashmiri Terrorist
Syed Bismillah Geelani
The Strange Case of Qay's Al Kareem
'And His Life should become Extinct'
Should Mohammad Afzal Die ?
Afzal must not Hang
A Death Sentence and a Birthday Party
Hour of the Hangman
Hang the Truth
Guilty of an Unsolved Crime
Popular Feeling in Kashmir is Valid Ground to Grant Afzal Pardon
A G NOORANI
Last Chance to Know
VINOD K JOSE
Notes on Contributors