His sister and brother-in-law were killed in the Mumbai terror attack but actor Ashish Chowdhry is not rejoicing the hanging of Pakistani Ajmal Amir Kasab who he says was "brainwashed" and "driven to kill in the name of god".
Kasab, the sole surviving gunman of the 2008 attack, was hanged in Pune Wednesday, after his mercy plea was rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier this month.
"Why should I rejoice Kasab's death? I will rejoice when little innocent children will stop being taught to kill in the name of god and religion," Ashish tweeted.
"Ignorance gave different faces to god, who in my view is one. Hence, religion too is one and that religion is humanity. Kasab was not taught that.
"I sympathise with Kasab. He also was once a small innocent baby, like my son. But unfortunately born around wrong people and wrong teachings.
"I'm sure as a little baby, Kasab didn't plan his outcome. He was brainwashed, driven to kill in the name of god. He didn't know he was wrong," he added.
Kasab was hanged five days before the fourth anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack that claimed 166 lives. Nine of his associates, who were killed, had been secretly buried in the city in January 2010.
Ashish's sister and brother-in-law were held hostage and killed while having dinner at the Oberoi hotel, one of the targets of the terrorists.
"I will not teach my children to rejoice anyone's death - be it Kasab. They will learn to be non-vindictive, non-fanatical and will love all. I'm not saying that I defend the consequence he faced.
"I just feel that rejoicing, or feeling completion doesn't make sense. There's more to it," said Ashish.
"In these four years of awaiting and looking upon Kasab's sentence, I can bet lakhs of new Kasab's were born. Problem lies there. Rejoice when that stops," he added.
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Well said Ashish! Never thought I would hear something like this as I kind of assumed everyone was celebrating Kasab's death.
I am Pakistani (and Muslim) but my mother taught me one good thing...never to celebrate your enemies death because that doesn't mean it will be the end of all problems.
I am sorry for all the victims and their families who suffered and still suffer because of a group of people who seem to think they are true Muslims by killing innocent people. Actions towards terrorists needs to be taken now!!! Kasab might be dead but there are thousands of Kasabs still lurking around and that's what scary. They are ticking bombs ready to explode at anytime and anywhere in the world.
I was hoping for an interview from him. Glad he has the humanity which is missing in the world today. Respect this man for his beliefs and values. God bless you Ashish along with your sisters children who were orphaned that horrible night.
yeah he is right ... i did kind of pity him not coz i am muslim just coz that like ashish is saying he was innocent , just bad teachings that made him do this and that do on name of god ... stupid people ...
i pray one day this ends and there is peace in this world ...
Kasab should have faced punishment all his life for doing this but the person who behind all this is still there teaching other hundreds of kasabs to do this wrong this ... he should have been hanged ...
but then i think all them ppl he killed not just hindu , muslims that live in india , i mean if we were there he would not have spared us so he did deserve it ... why was he saying i will never make this mistake again , he won't get a chance to change his mistake ... he already done it and got punished ...
Edited on:22 November 2012 at 8:11am
respect 2 this guy...its true! they did this special documentary wer 1 guy was saved from becuming a terrorist n he told the media al the stuff tht goes on n sed tht they do brainwash u in such a way... he thanks god tht those ppl wer captured b4 he turned in2 one of them...
Salute to u man.. Mashallah you ahve more humanity than many...
There can never be label on one person... its only the good and teh bad... People become the product of their society... Kasab was given such teaching at this year, it is heart breaking.. Just imagine if he and the others were not involved in this mission... this living... they wud have lived life. But let bygones be bygobnes,, we can only pray that one day.. people will understand the difference between an act of humanity and an act of instictuality.
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