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Fairness and Justice in Australia mean very little by way of National Interest to India and Indians.

Abhishek Singhvi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh need to introspect on their perverse celebration of the same

This hit the wires shortly after Australia dropped all charges against Haneef and set him free.

Dubbing Mohd Haneef’s release from custody in Australia as a “resounding political slap” on the face of BJP, Congress today demanded an apology from L K Advani for accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of appeasing terrorism.

Shortly after the Australian government dropped terror charges against Haneef, the ruling party came out all guns blazing as it targeted Advani for the “slanderous campaign” by him and his party and for using the whole episode as part of a “political vote-bank game”.

Party spokesman Abhishek Singhvi accused the saffron party and the Leader of the Opposition of launching “hysterical histrionics” on the issue as he expressed happiness over the release of the Indian doctor.

“We are happy that the rule of law has prevailed as the Australian government has decided to release Mohd Haneef unconditionally and with honour. Congress always stood for fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and judicious conduct in dealing with cases where emotion cannot be allowed to displace sobriety,” he added.

Complementing the Prime Minister, he appreciated the work done by the government and Singh for making untiring efforts within the norms of international relations for the release of the Bangalore doctor.

Lampooning the BJP, he said they think of conscience only when it comes to conscience vote. “They cannot lay claim to be called a responsible opposition,” he added.

Once again the verbal gymnastics of Abhishek Singhvi have obscured the real questions of the day.

Where exactly does National Interest lie in the Congress view of the world ?

Is National Interest about celebrating the prevailing of the rule law in a foreign country ?

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Is National Interest about delivering justice for Indians by securing freedom in India and upholding the rule of law in India ?

If the Congress has always stood for

fair, non-discriminatory, transparent and judicious conduct in dealing with cases where emotion cannot be allowed to displace sobriety

Where is the the judicious conduct in the Home Minister claiming a day after 7-11 that the Government had enough evidence and then going mute ever after ?

Where is the transparency in announcing in statement after statement from the Prime Minister to the Foreign Secretary that the evidence against Pakistan would be acted upon via the Joint Terrorism Mechanism and never actually doing so ?

Where is the fairness in Prime Ministerial intervention to secure justice for a non-terrorist when compared to the Executive Delinquency from the Prime Minister down to the Local Police in securing justice for 185 dead Indians who suffered real terrorism ?

Offstumped Bottomline: The excitable Abhishek Singhvi has handed himself a slap in the face by allowing his emotions to displace sobriety to celebrate the the prevailing of the rule of law in a foreign land.

That Australia was able to demonstrate the intellectual clarity and moral certitude in acting on suspicions of terrorism and was able to deliver justice in a timely manner should have been a moment for sober introspection for the Indian Government.

Coming especially on a day when it took 17 years to award death sentence to the accused in the 1993 Mumbai Blasts, one would have expected the Congress to have performed some honest introspection on its Executive Delinquency rather than jump on the opportunity to score a few political points.

Fairness and Justice in Australia mean very little by way of National Interest to India and Indians.

Abhishek Singhvi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would do well to introspect on their perverse celebration of the same.

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