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Can Society Escape the Noose...?

Colin Gonsalves (Editor) Arunjeev Singh Walia (Editor) Vinay Naidoo (Author)
It is a pivotal moment in India history. Not just for the legal system, but for the country and all who reside here. Our tradition of civilization, spiritual and wise thought recognized the world over, passed down from the Vedas, by the Buddha, through Ashoka, the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, Guru Nanak, and with Gandhiji-to give birth to a modern and secular India... will it rise to this moment and be faithful to our lineage? Or will our global status fall, as India, and we as its people, fail to rise to the challenge presented to us by 'The Death Penalty in India'? 
This book represent a unique handbook for those who wish to be informed about the debate. It is for the ordinary person to clarify their views on an understandably emotive issue, through articles and informed opinion. It is for lawyers, who can use the copious resources and materials section to clarify their perspectives and fortify their cases by reference to Supreme Court case law and international jurisprudence related to the death sentence. It is for campaigners to have at hand the facts, statistics, and cases, often so hard t obtain from government offices. 
118 countries have effectively abolished the death penalty. Few democratic countries retain it. Though India, the largest democracy in the world, still does. Uncivilized? Barbaric? Reactionary? Vengeful?… Does an enlightened State with a history such as ours have any right to betray our traditions, our spirituality, our religions, our moralities, our ethics? What are the issues that drive the ordinary citizen to back the Death Penalty? What are the theories on which we base the punishment meted out to the perpetrators of heinous crimes? And what is the gulf between these theories and the reality? Will we sacrifice our enlightened reputation and ancestors, so that we can satisfy our primal desires for revenge?... Or, 'Can Society Escape the Noose...?'
Now is the moment when the battle is to be joined. For the life of each innocent person yet to be condemned to death. For their families, whose suffering has yet to begin. For the disenfranchised who suffer inequality before the law. For fundamental human rights and the Constitution of India. For India's standing in the eyes of the world. A battle for the reputation and , perhaps, for the soul of our great Nation. 
A battle to be fought by each of us who object to any captive person being killed, by our society, in our name.
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About the authors

Colin Gonsalves

Colin Gonsalves is Executive Director of the 'Human Rights Law Network' (HRLN), of India. He is also a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court in New Delhi, and an activist at heart. He possesses a B.Tech. (Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay) and an LLB, (Hinduja College, Bombay).

Arunjeev Singh Walia

Arunjeev singh Walia is a human rights lawyer practicing in Chandigarh (Punjab, India). He has worked on the editorial board of the activist-legal periodical 'Combat Law', authored two books on the human rights situation in Punjab, and is the Press Secretary for 'Lawyers for Human Rights International' He possesses a B.A. and an LLB.

Vinay Naidoo

Vinay Naidoo is a Barrister-at-Law, and is the Senior Legal Advisor of the 'Human Rights Law Network' of India, Head office, New Delhi. He is a specialist in International Human rights law and issues, and has worked on diverse human rights problems in a wide range of countries, including leading initiatives for the European Commission, leading the EKTO safeguards exploration programme for Amazonian tribals in Suriname, undertaking anti-apartheid activities in and out of 'apartheid' South Africa, and 'right to food' campaigning and diverse human rights legal work for the Supreme Court in India. He has written and or edited several publications and books concerning human rights, produced and directed documentary films, produced feature film, and will shortly complete his first novel. He possesses a B.Sc, G.R.S.C., Cert. (Sorbonne), M.Sc. M.A., the C.P.E., the B.V.C.

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Title Can Society Escape the Noose...?
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8189479008, 9788189479008
length xxvii+1036p., Appendi4ces; 29cm.