Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 May 2019

Abu Dhabi's Ghadan 21 is a true source of inspiration

Our readers have their say on Abu Dhabi reforms, Indian elections and the UAE's first traditional Hindu temple

Ghadan 21 - a series of initiatives and reforms with a Dh50bn budget - was announced for Abu Dhabi last year. Christopher Pike / The National
Ghadan 21 - a series of initiatives and reforms with a Dh50bn budget - was announced for Abu Dhabi last year. Christopher Pike / The National

I write to you in reference to Gillian Duncan’s article Ghadan 21: What are the Dh50bn reforms happening in Abu Dhabi? (April 18). I am always in awe of the developments happening in Abu Dhabi. I find the government’s drive to better the lives of UAE residents very inspirational.

Tanushri R Chaubey, India

Politics is no reason to lose your head – or your finger

I write to you in reference to your article Indian man cuts off finger after accidentally voting for Modi’s party y (April 19). This article by The National was a pretty unusual read. I am conflicted about this story. Pawan Kumar was confused at the polls, and mistakenly cast his vote for the BJP. In anger, he cut off his finger. On the one hand I applaud the importance he placed on voting. On the other, people can make mistakes, and it is senseless to punish yourself so harshly for a silly error.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

UAE’s first Hindu temple symbolises coexistence

I write to you in reference to Ramola Talwar Badam’s report Stunning Hindu temple set to symbolise peace and tolerance (April 20). Abu Dhabi deserves to be lauded for this initiative The future temple in the outskirts of Abu Dhabi will become a symbol of tolerance, not simply a place for worshippers alone to enjoy. This shows that tolerance and unity can overcome anything and underlines the strong links between the people of India and the UAE.

Building a traditional Hindu temple in a Gulf country sends a strong signal: that religious coexistence is possible. And the future house of worship will embody the UAE’s will to maintain religious harmony, respecting the beliefs of people irrespective of their caste, creed and origins.

The UAE attracts people from all over the world, with different backgrounds. This temple will be a symbol of togetherness. It is also a proud moment for millions of Hindus working all over the world, because an Arab country has acknowledged the importance of their traditions and culture.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

Updated: April 21, 2019 06:19 PM

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