Such a tragedy
This video of the accident is disturbing to watch (“Major multi-car accidents reported in Abu Dhabi”, Gulf News, February 7). It seems like a scene from an action movie, given the damage caused to the vehicles involved in the crash. I sincerely hope that the occupants of these vehicles are safe. I also pray for the speedy recovery of those injured due to the multi-vehicle collision. The accident is clearly a result of dense fog that led to poor visibility and drivers failing to maintain safe distance between vehicles. There should be a law where people should not be allowed to drive during heavy fog and subsequently, offices should also start late on such occasions.
From Ms Fatima Suhail
Promoting unethical things
Driving along Shaikh Zayed Road over the weekend, I noticed a huge billboard with a picture of people riding on an elephant. The airline was promoting some holiday destination in the advertisement. Do they even realise that they are indirectly promoting animal abuse? I bet that 98 per cent of people reading this letter have absolutely no idea what these poor elephants have to endure in order for people to ride them. They go through years and years of torture and neglect! We fell in this alluring tourist trap on our first visit to Thailand many years ago. Since then, our eyes opened and we took notice of the horrific things being practiced behind the scenes. Go can go online and see for yourself. It is a horrible fate that these gentle giants have to endure. It is time to wake up! I am absolutely shocked and disappointed that anybody would promote this type of activity, instead of educating people to visit ethical sanctuaries. Any wild animal is not there for our entertainment. If you can stand next to a wild animal, touch, hold or sit on top of it for a photo, you are supporting abused animals. Stop and think about this.
From Ms Charlene Rademan
Not everyone is happy
The BJP feels that Indian politician Vasundhara Raje is its biggest asset, but it is proving to be a liability to the party, especially in Rajasthan. The picture in Rajasthan is not at all rosy. The results of recent by-elections for the Lok Sabha seats in Ajmer and Alwar, and the assembly seat, is not to their liking and is a warning for the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) for the coming elections not only in Karnataka, but even in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and of course the General Elections in 2019. The final budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is a disappointing one, especially to the middle income groups, who have been suffering the most, right from independence. This could prove to be a costly budget for the BJP to face the rejuvenated Congress not only to regain Karnataka, but even in retaining Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The BJP has to do something good immediately to soothe the feelings of the common man, before they regret it forever.
From Mr N. Mahadevan
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