Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 15 December 2019

A terrible tragedy that serves as a reminder of child safety

Our readers have their say about child protection, UAE golden visas and politics in India

Police say two young children were in the vehicle when it burst into flames. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police
Police say two young children were in the vehicle when it burst into flames. Courtesy Abu Dhabi Police

This is in reference to Two Emirati toddlers left in car die as vehicle goes up in flames (November 13). Leaving children in cars is never a good idea. They are naturally curious and will touch and play with stuff without knowing the dangers. A cigarette ignition point in the car, for example, can easily start a fire.

Name withheld on request

This is such a sad tale. I cannot bear to think what those children must have gone through. Just too tragic to contemplate.

Name withheld by request

UAE’s golden visas reward hard work and achievements

Regarding the online article UAE grants permanent residency to 2,500 expatriates (November 13) about the UAE’s golden visas: recognising the contributions of various professionals such as scientists, researchers, investors and innovators for permanent residency is a dramatic development for the UAE, a land of golden opportunities.

The country has once again proven it rewards the hard work and achievements of foreign residents. Kudos to the UAE.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Politics in India has become a matter of bartering and alliances

In reference to Rashmee Roshan Lall’s article What state elections in India have in common with Istanbul and Budapest (October 29): the Indian state of Maharashtra is in an infamous pickle. Despite winning the largest number of seats in the recent assembly elections, the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) party could not muster a coalition with its partner, the Shiv Sena, to form a government.

The Shiv Sena then tried to cobble a coalition with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and even the Congress to form a government.

However, all attempts failed and on November 12, president’s rule was imposed on the state.

At stake was the desire of all the parties to gain the coveted seat of chief minister. None of the parties had enough seats and numbers to command the prized job.

Now the central BJP government will rule the state through the governor. Prime minister Narendra Modi is back in the saddle and will call the shots via the governor.

Politics in India is now becoming a matter of bartering. The BJP-Shiv Sena fought against the NCP-Congress coalition. Parties with diametrically opposite ideologies are trying to forge alliances to form a government.

So be it, if they can deliver a government to address the woes of the rural poor and the urban harassed of the once prosperous Indian state.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Updated: November 13, 2019 07:45 PM

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