Rahul Karmakar’s article Return of the rebel has 2 states on edge (Newsmaker, May 16) was weighted in favour of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah) leader Thuingaleng Muivah. It misled readers, who are unaware of the ground reality. Muivah is responsible for various problems that Manipur faces today. Scores of people have lost their lives since 2001 trying to prevent him from entering the state. Even now, hundreds of Manipuris are willing to sacrifice their lives to prevent him from disrupting peace in the state. Muivah’s demand of making Naga-inhabited areas of Manipur a part of ‘Greater Nagaland’ is ridiculous.
Angellica Aribam, vai email
Say it straight, say it right
Khushwant Singh rightly states that the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, Hafiz Saeed, deserves the same fate as Ajmal Kasab (Guilty or just plain insane: hang those responsible for 26/11, With Malice Towards One and All, May 16). But the real problem lies with the Indian State, which seems unable to deal with Pakistan. This inability has already cost us dearly. It’s about time for a straight talk with Pakistan. Expecting the US to mediate a settlement between the two countries will be another mistake on our part.
Deepjot Thukral, via email
Let’s be honest, we’re not honest
Vir Sanghvi in his article Why we never lost our way on Wall St (Counterpoint, May 16) seems to imply that while America is all about greed and easy money, India epitomises diligence and honesty. This generalisation is unconvincing. The US didn’t become a superpower overnight. Americans are more professional and less corrupt than Indians. The American system, unlike the Indian one, doesn’t suffer from red-tapism. If everyone in India is as honest and righteous as Sanghvi states, then why do we lag behind the US?
Shoibal Mukherjee, Gurgaon
Sanghvi’s views on how volatile stock markets have blurred the line between the developed and developing economies over the past year are refreshingly different from those of economists whose only job is to call all that shines gold. By citing the example of Wall Street, Sanghvi proves that a mad rush for easy and quick money by some individuals/organisations ultimately proves disastrous for the nation. This balanced and well-articulated article should help readers understand the social aspects of stock trading.
Sutapa Prasad, Mumbai
Test of truth
Indrajit Hazra’s criticism of the Supreme Court ruling against the compulsory use of narco tests/brain mapping/polygraph tests on suspects/convicts is justified (The lie of the land, Red Herring, May 16). These tests are good alternatives to the police’s barbaric ‘third degree’ torture to get the truth out of convicts. It seems that the apex court now wants the police to study criminals’ astrological charts or tarot cards to prove them guilty.
Mohinder Singh, Delhi
I am glad that someone shares my critique of the ‘populist’ judgement of the Supreme Court. The judiciary seems to be getting obsessed with protecting an individual’s rights, even if s/he is an enemy of the State. Such a wrong interpretation of Article 20(3) of
the Constitution will favour smugglers and terrorists. All that’s now left for the Supreme Court is to stop the police from frisking a man caught smuggling valuable items at an airport, for it may also amount to ‘testimonial compulsion’, which isn’t permitted under the law.
Fali S. Nariman, via email
Manas Chakravarty in They won’t be back (Loose Canon, May 16) criticises astrophysicist Stephen Hawking’s view that aliens might soon take over our planet. Instead, he warns us against other human beings, who, according to the writer, are more dangerous than aliens. Chakravarty’s article seems to have been inspired by a gamut of sci-fi Hollywood movies and books on extraterrestrial life. However, considering various scams and man-made problems like terrorism, the price rise, global warming, etc, Chakravarty’s argument is convincing.
S.K. Gurtu, Jaipur