The news article Hunger strike gnaws at the heart of India (April 10) reported that the Indian government gave in to the demands of the social activist Anna Hazare who went on a hunger strike to call for human rights workers to be involved in drafting a new anti-corruption bill.
"The dream of India as a strong nation will not be realised without self-reliant, self-sufficient villages. This can be achieved only through social commitment and involvement of the common man." These are the words of Mr Hazare, the living "Gandhi" of 21st century India, who fought on behalf of a billion plus fellow Indians for an effective anti-corruption bill.
Even though India has witnessed many corruption charges since independence, a movement like the one which was launched by Mr Hazare has attracted much more public attention and gathered a large mass of people from different walks of life. Hazare's fast has forced the federal government to concede to his demands.
In the recent past, India has lost billions to fraud and corruption. This menace has become very common not only among politicians but also bureaucrats.
As India's economy rises in the world, there are more opportunities for corruption. The only way to tackle the issue of corruption is to bring the offenders under the control of the judiciary where the public can play a better role in controlling greedy politicians.
Ramachandran Nair, Oman
Jet skiers cause much misery
Jet skiers are becoming so destructive for people living around the Corniche and in the Khalidiya area where guests at the Khalidiya Rotana Hotel are complaining en masse, leaving devastating comments on travel pages about this part of Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, people in our building are not going to renew their leases. My family is suffering greatly from the terrible noise and petrol fumes that these ghastly machines produce. Even when those guys take their jet skis further away, we still hear the constant noise as if a low-flying plane is coming over, non-stop.
We love the Emirates and respect the people but are very sad that nothing is being done to put a law in place to stop these polluting jet skiers from using their machines. The noise and exhaust they produce is heartbreaking.
Bryon White, Abu Dhabi
The right ACs for RAK project
In reference to Sun could help cool RAK (March 27), the comment is correct. A solar cooling installation is not economical for a small cooling capacity, but can be one of the best solutions for large cooling capacity (as for malls) as reported in the article. Also the Coolerado ACs, though energy efficient as mentioned in the story, may not be suitable for UAE conditions where a lot of dehumidification is needed to provide comfort as the weather in the UAE is hot and humid.
Rajesh KR, Abu Dhabi
Good and bad signs at the mall
Into the second day of an advertisement campaign about a showroom offering promotional deals for customers, I saw a huge queue of prospective and curious customers at the Abu Dhabi Mall. Is it a prospective sign of increased customer spending? If so, it is a good sign for all of us. On the other hand, this resurgent interest to visit the mall has created a complex traffic situation in the area. Traffic was slow moving. The Abu Dhabi Mall area forms the mouth of waves of traffic coming in and out of the city and any congestion in the area automatically leads to blockage elsewhere. It was experienced by all those who reside or work or had to reach the area during that time.
Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi
Danger point in school crossing
I refer to Pedestrians must be street smart (April 17). This is an excellent campaign to increase the awareness of pedestrians. I wish the Abu Dhabi police would keep a close watch in front of the Filipino school on Muroor Road. A large number of elementary and high school students cross dangerously in front of the school which is not a designated pedestrian crossing.
I would also suggest that the school educate the students to understand the danger of crossing at undesignated pedestrian crossings.
Rick Villasis, Abu Dhabi
A plastic delivery bag is not green
It is wonderful to see The National raising awareness in its Green Issue (April 16) and that from now on we can expect more coverage of this most important issue. The paper was full of practical advice on how we can all do our bit to help save the planet. Pity that as usual my subscription copy was delivered in a totally unnecessary plastic bag.
Jill Wilcox, Abu Dhabi