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January 04, 2011

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Fil Munas

The recent editorial in the very prestigious UK medical journal, The Lancet, accurately describes Dr. Sen's trial and conviction. It is a must read for all who seek fairness and justice in this world. Among other things it points out, "The subsequent trial, spanning more than 3 years, was Kafkaesque. Its conclusion is a travesty." The full editorial may be found here: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60003-2/fulltext?rss=yes

Fil Munas

A serene 61 to Dr. Binayak Sen!

Surely, Binayak's 2010 Christmas Eve conviction in Chhattisgrah for "Rajdroh" (or, Rebellion Against The Monarch) and the sentencing of this national hero to rigorous life imprisonment by a captive judge in a potemkin court, has an Alice-In-Wonderland dimension to it. More so, since Dr. Sen may be short-listed for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The clamor now for these same courts to further litigate this matter, as recently articulated by the Union home minister, has an Orwellian patina to it. Binayak has been subject to the most tyrannical forces in India, and to imagine him and his lovely family suffering further abuse until the judiciary resolves the matter, breaks my heart. Sadly, though, there is more sacrifice for Binayak to make for the sake of the rest of us. That is the grace of great souls.

We are all in his corner.

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