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A reader pays tribute to Indian musician Ravi Shankar, pictured with The Beatles' George Harrison in 1967. AP
A reader pays tribute to Indian musician Ravi Shankar, pictured with The Beatles' George Harrison in 1967. AP

Shankar kept a tradition alive

A reader praises the late Indian sitar player and teacher Ravi Shankar. Other topics: David Beckham, Walmart, Syria and Europe's Peace Prize.

US move is important, but Syria needs more help

US recognises Syrian opposition coalition (December 13) is good news for the Syrian people.

However, while it makes a statement, it really does nothing to help those who are suffering on the ground as the Assad regime continues to attack its own people.

There are still many obstacles before there can be peace, and the attitudes of other nations towards the crisis are very important.

However, I can only reiterate what many have said before me: how long can the world stand back and watch the slaughter of the innocents continue?

P Mack, Abu Dhabi

Proof of how UAE gets things done

Khalifa Port opens for business (December 13) demonstrates that leadership and vision are the keys to the UAE's success.

Antonio Niembrow, Abu Dhabi

Walmart claims raise questions

Inquiry in Walmart lobbying charges (December 13) was interesting.

The opposition parties have welcomed the Indian government's decision to appoint a retired judge to head an inquiry into recent allegations of Walmart influencing officials so they could enter the Indian market.

Despite passing the Foreign Direct Investments Bill in both houses of parliament, the United Progressive Alliance government is now facing these allegations.

What will the party do to clear this issue?

K Ragavan, India

Shankar kept a tradition alive

I appreciated your tribute to Ravi Shankar, A life devoted to music (December 13).

Music lovers like me who grew up in the 1960s will, of course, remember him best for his work with The Beatles, particularly in teaching the sitar to George Harrison.

However, it is important to remember that Shankar was not just a significant cultural ambassador for his country, but a prolific teacher of an art that was in danger of becoming extinct.

Had he not popularised classical Indian music, it may well have gone the way of far too many artforms, languages and traditional practices, and the world would have been the poorer for it.

Anthony Spencer, Dubai

Beckham keeps us all guessing

I acknowledge the great football talent of David Beckham, but he now only seems interested in how much more money he can get from the game before he's too old.

Beckham cryptic about move (December 13) - where he says "We'll see" after being asked if he'll join Al Jazira - may show that he has a previously unrevealed yet playful sense of humour.

It is certainly interesting that the man best remembered for his years with Manchester United would be in talks with the man who owns that club's archrival, Manchester City.

Of course, Beckham still has something to offer the game, but surely it's as a mentor or an ambassador rather than as a player.

As for him becoming a manager, well, I don't think he has the right motivation or instincts for the job.

N Michaels, Dubai

Prisoner should be compensated

I refer to High court reverses murder conviction of elderly Pakistani (December 13), about 82-year-old microbiologist Khalil Chisti, who has been in jail for 20 years.

The Indian government must pay compensation to Mr Chisti.

I believe the Indians kept him locked up on trumped-up charges because he was a brilliant scientist and they wanted to deprive Pakistan of his research.

Sadr Khan, Pakistan

Europe deserves its Peace Prize

I am writing in reference to your editorial cartoon about the European Union winning the Nobel Peace Prize (December 11).

I think the EU deserves the prize. There are tensions at present, but they all have to do with the financial problems of countries such as Greece and Spain.

The northern European nations are doing very well and are financially stable and organised, save money and have the best human-rights record in the world.

The Europeans have demonstrated an ability to stay civil, and not threaten or kill each other. They have shown that they can work with each other, as they have in solving the crisis in Greece.

I'm proud to be from north Europe, and proud of our education system, which teaches us to respect all colours, cultures and religions.

Brigitte von Bulow, Abu Dhabi

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