No timely action from government
Even though a red alert regarding Cyclone Ockhi was sent in the state of Kerala, the government failed to convey the message or take any precautions (“16 dead, 100 missing as cyclone hits India, Sri Lanka”, Gulf News, December 1). The local fishermen were not alerted of this disaster and they all set to sea to catch fish, unknowingly. Technology is now advanced and we can know the exact time any type of cyclone is going to hit a place. One of my friends posted an alert on the cyclone in our messaging group, much in advance, yet the government machinery failed to alert the public. A natural disaster affects everybody and governments should try to minimise the casualties by alerting the public on time. They failed to do so in Kerala. Obviously, farmers and fishermen are the worst affected. It seems like disaster management is a disaster. In future, the governments should fight against natural calamities.
From Mr Eappen Elias
Living in a melting pot
This great nation was born 46 years ago and in such a short time, the UAE has progressed to such an extent, it is impossible to match by any country around the world (“Watch: UAE leaders mark 46th National Day”, Gulf News, December 2). All the Gulf countries are very young but their achievements are unbelievable. Today UAE has the tallest building in the world, the fastest growing airline, over 10 international airports, one of the biggest tourist hubs in the world, minimum crime rate, excellent medical and educational facilities and more. The list is very long and all this has taken place in just 46 years. It is an amazing miracle. There are over 192 nationalities with different faiths living in this country peacefully and comfortably. Millions of people have made their fortune in this country who will always remain grateful to the Rulers. Everyone in this country respects and loves them for creating wonderful opportunities for everyone. I take this opportunity to congratulate all UAE nationals on this great day.
From Mr Vijendra Narkar
As someone passionate about photography, I ventured to interesting locations in the UAE to capture the essence of the land, its people and traditions. The Heritage Village and the Boulevard have a festive atmosphere and was a great place to be during the National Day celebrations. There are many such locations which provide a good opportunity to interact and learn more about the UAE. I prefer to visit different locations during these holidays and enjoy the programs conducted to celebrate the day.
From Mr Mohammad Arfan Asif
A positive change?
Though the British law has strict rules to ward off the many ‘isms’ that the society may have hidden in its perceptions, it is unlikely that a full public approval will vote in favour of the newest addition to the Royal Family (“Race has no relationship”, Gulf News, December 3). The British royals are very proud of their ‘blue-blood’, but they have slowly got other blood creeping into their system for a while now. Now, it’s the time to for at least some ‘isms’ to end. After the initial outcry, perhaps, actress Meghan Markle will be required to work really hard to get into the heart of the British society. Having said that, it’s a welcome change for an age-old dynasty to open its doors to the winds of change in this massive perception in ending ‘isms’ in the minds of at least a few traditionalists.
From Ms Agniyah Xec
Think before you tweet
In his recent visit to the Indian capital, New Delhi, former US President, Barack Obama was mentioning how popular social media is in helping to send messages to people fast (“Obama says ‘think before you tweet’”, Gulf News, December 3). He was repeatedly asking his successor, Donald Trump to be careful. Tweets are going very fast and messages should not be a complex issue. Whoever sends tweets should be careful before sending them.
From Mr K Ragavan
A lot of hard work
Congratulations to Manushi Chhillar for winning the crown at the Miss World Contest 2017 (“No Bollywood for Manushi Chhillar, just yet”, Gulf News, December 3). This is a great honour for her, for India and the team, which worked with her. This accomplishment is not just about being pretty or beautiful; it is also about grit and a lot of hard work. Miss World has to be good at public speaking, human relations, sports, caring for the needy and a whole range of subjects. In short, she has to be a good general manager. It means sacrificing a lot of hours of sleep and pleasure to exercise and prepare for a global role. I do hope Chhillar will devote her time in the future to contributing to society. Certainly, Bollywood will lap her up. However, politics too, is an option. When I was in Venezuela some years ago, I was surprised to learn that the mayor of the capital Caracas, Irene Saez, was a former Miss Venezuela and Miss Universe. So, pretty girls can also get into politics and serve the nation. We need bright and talented politicians to steer our country in the right direction.
From Mr Rajendra K. Aneja
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