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Indian protesters shout slogans during a protest against the death sentence of convicted bomb plotter Yakub Memon, a key plotter of the bomb attacks which killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, in New Delhi on July 27, 2015. India's top court on July 21, 2015 rejected a final appeal by Memon, a key plotter of bomb attacks that killed hundreds in Mumbai in 1993, paving the way for his execution. AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA (Photo credit should read MONEY SHARMA/AFP/Getty Images)

By Jeffrey Howard, University of Essex The execution, by hanging, of Yakub Memon for his part in the 1993 Mumbai bombings invites us to revisit the vexed issue of capital punishment. Few topics incite such moral passion and controversy. The world’s religious communities are divided on the death penalty. Despite a seemingly unambiguous commitment to non-violence (or “Ahimsa”) in both Hinduism and Buddhism, scholars within those traditions continue to debate the permissibility of lethal punishment. The Old Testament enjoins us to take an “eye for an eye” – the principle of lex talionis – while the New Testament exhorts us

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Afzal Guru, Sarabjit Singh and Sanaullah Haq By Fahad Shah Two men on the death row in the two neighboring countries can be a silent war. It may not be visible to us like the drones or missiles falling on buildings and killing people. Being on death row is in itself an extreme punishment after being convicted. There are several cases in which the convicted person denies of committing the crime. The silent war has been going on between India and Pakistan for years now and still continues. To some extent, on 2 May 2013, the war had a face