* I agree with Shekhar Guptas column General Musharraf (Deluded),(National Interest,IE,April 20). Pervez Musharraf should be tried for his misdeeds and misadventures. He has certainly been deluded by the Pakistani judiciary,which had trapped the general by first granting him bail and then,when he returned from his self-imposed exile,by cancelling his bail and ordering his arrest. As Gupta explains,Musharraf brought the subcontinent,at least twice,close to an all-out war. Such individuals have to be brought to book .
* Shekhar GUPTA was spot on with his analysis of Pervez Musharraf. His crimes against Pakistans people,its institutions of democracy and its judiciary have finally caught up with him. In his delusional megalomania and given his self-serving conviction of being the redeemer of Pakistan,Musharraf returned from exile to fight the general elections in the false belief that Pakistanis were enthusiastically waiting for him. He forgot that history has an unerring tendency to repeat itself. But then,all dictators fool themselves.
* This refers to the editorial Ground rules (IE,April 22). Its indeed heartening that a consensus has been built on this critical issue. Land acquisition has been the bone of contention not only in industrial projects but also in infrastructure and real estate development. Singur and Noida Extension are cases in point. The bill has laid down clear guidelines about compensation and the extent of consensus required. Now,hopefully,farmers whose land will be acquired will be a happy lot. Nor should there be any slip-up in implementation,and the same spirit of coordination must be maintained on other pending reforms.
Speed it up
* The prime minister has tried to soothe public sentiments about the brutal rape of the child (Amid protests over rape,PM calls for vast improvement in womens safety,IE,April 22). While some amendments to the law have been made,they dont seem to have worked. The PMs claim that we have moved with speed in strengthening the law to be able to deal more effectively with offences against women is only partly true because some of the valid suggestions made by the Justice Verma committee were not accepted. The fast-track court to try the accused in last Decembers gangrape case is not fast enough. Had the accused been punished by now,it could have worked as a deterrent.
Yash P. Verma
* Shakuntala DEVIS demise is a great loss to the country. The nation itself would be honoured if Karnataka and the Central government jointly established a world-class mathematics institute in her name.
Bidyut K. Chatterjee