Friday, November 06, 2009
Crisis of impunity
Here is the speech Manoj Mitta delivered in the British Parliament before the All Party Human Rights Group on November 4 at an event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Sikh massacre of 1984. As regular readers of LAOT would recall, Manoj Mitta, co-authored with H.S.Phoolka, When A Tree Shook Delhi:The 1984 Carnage and its Aftermath (Roli)(reviewed on our blog here). As a few comments to his post reproducing his brief speech on his blog (Legal Airs)indicate, his speech appears to have provoked some because of the hurtful (and yet justified) comparison he makes between the level of impunity under the Raj and now. I'd have appreciated if Manoj also dealt with the reasons for this crisis of impunity, and how to address them, but I understand it would require another forum.