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Contents – Death Penalty (Issue 5)

Issue 5 Index - Death Penalty

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Guest Editorial – The Rarest of the Rare – Job Vacancy for A Hangman – Any Takers? : Penology after Derrida

By Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha
Derrida’s Death Penalty seminars have just been translated into English and this issue of Café Dissensus marks this great occasion to widen the debate initiated by Derrida in his seminars.

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An Interview with Prof. Peggy Kamuf

By Anindya Sekhar Purakayastha
The last public execution in France took place in June 1939. Because of a miscalculation, it was light enough by the time the guillotine blade dropped that photographers and even a cameraman filming clandestinely were able to capture images that were quickly published in newspapers and magazines.

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No

By Thomas B. Byers
Prohibition of the death penalty would not undo this knotting of power; indeed, in the larger picture it would be a relatively small intervention. But it would nonetheless be at least a whispered non serviam, a resistance to the side of the State that is darkness and blood.

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Poem: Mariam

By Bashabi Fraser
A poem on public execution.

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An Endangered Clause: The Death Penalty in Zambia

By Cheela Himutwe K Chilala
And probably this explains why Nelson Mandela concluded that "the death sentence is a reflection of the animal instinct still in human beings". For these reasons, we urge all the Zambian people to demand the removal of the death sentence from their statute books, from their Constitution.

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Revisiting the ‘Karachi Resolution’: The Genealogy of Reintroducing Capital Punishment in India

By Sanchayita Paul Chakrabarty & Dhritiman Chakrabarty
The Vedic scriptures, Manusamhita and Bhagvada Gita talk of capital punishment in a supportive vein but they insist that capital punishment should be performed by the right person of character. In fact, they are more in favour of the karmic justice which the convict will suffer in the next birth for his Karma, his sin.

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Who is the Real Criminal? Questions after the Punishment

By Bolan Gangapadhyay
Ramua walks up the roads of Delhi every morning in search of works, either in garages, tea shops, road side hotels, and if luck smiles, he gets 30-40 Rs a day for his survival.

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Indian Judiciary and the Issue of Capital Punishment

By Sujato Bhadra
But this was shamelessly denied to Maqbool Butt in 1984, who was tried by a British colonial Ordinance –The Enemy Agents ordinance, 1943 – and recently to Afzal Guru, the prime convict of parliament attack.

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From Homines Sacri to Homo Sacer: Punishing the Immanent Sinister Inside

By Subhendra Bhowmick
While this is more reasonable on the part of the lion-king, the subject animals would do better if they revolt. But what if they are themselves somehow obliged to offer this tribute? Often death penalty draws justifications through some kind of immanent ‘guilt’-consciousness of the people, when taken one at a time.

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