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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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Perhaps those in India who did not understand what Kashmiris meant when we held our dead brothers and chanted Shaheed tere khoon se inquilaab ayega (Oh martyr, your blood will start a revolution), know it now. Perhaps they see it, as the intellectual class and civil society smells the stench of hypocrisy as the carcass is out in the open and public opinion starts to shift. Atleast for some of those more loyal than the king majority. Muslims (as well as liberals) in India who had willingly closed their eyes and said, “we are not bad as Pakistan” have a