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Opinion
The Hangman's noose..!
By Robert Clements
A few years ago, India witnessed a hanging!

Between the hangman and the media, the late Dhnanjoy Chatterjee was made a hero before he died and a martyr after his death. Hangman Nata Mullick who executed the rapist and murderer fell sick after coming out of Alipore Jail and said that he couldn't get over the last words of the murderer who blessed him and forgave him for the hanging that he was about to do..!

His last words were not about repenting for the heinous crime, or feeling sorrowful for the family who had lost their teenaged daughter; his last words were one of a self righteous hypocrite. Strangely unlike many of us, the late Dhananjoy was a lucky man; he knew when he was going to die. He had a chance to say sorry to those he had wronged and to ask forgiveness from his God.

I have my doubts he did either.

Most of us will never get this chance. Death will come silently and swiftly and take us away before we have a chance to get ourselves right with those we have been unjust with, and to a God who has loved us despite the kind of people we have been.

There is an old story of a jester who sometimes made very wise utterances. One day, the jester had said something so foolish that the king, handing him a staff, said to him, "Take this, and keep it till you find a bigger fool than yourself."

Some years later, the king was very ill, and lay on his deathbed. His courtiers were called; his family and his servants also stood round his bedside. The king, addressing them, said, "I am about to leave you. I am going on a very long journey, and I shall not return again to this place: so I have called you all to say "Goodbye".

Then his jester stepped forward and, addressing the king, said, "Your Majesty, may I ask a question? When you journeyed abroad visiting your people, staying with your nobles, or paying diplomatic visits to other courts, your heralds and servants always went before you, making preparations for you. May I ask what preparations your majesty has made for this long journey that he is about to take?"

"Alas!" replied the king, "I have made no preparations."

"Then," said the jester, "Take this staff with you, for now I have found a bigger fool than myself..!"

I would like to end this piece with two little pictures. One is that of an epitaph C.S. Lewis saw on a grave:

Here lies an atheist

All dressed up but

With nowhere to go

C.S. Lewis added his own comment, "I bet he wishes that were so..!

The next is a little story: The goldfish died after living in a bowl that was in the family lounge. The first time the baby sitter came over, after the fish died, she immediately noticed the empty bowl. "Where's the fish?" she asked. Without hesitating the family's three year old shot back, "Oh, he's swimming with God..!

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News Updated at : Thursday, April 20, 2017
 
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