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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 October 2018

India’s place on the world stage has been earned by honesty

Or readers have their say on global politics, driving, Jair Bolsonaro and Islamophobia

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. EPA
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. EPA

I write in reference to your article Ignoring US, India buys ­Russia’s S-400 air defence ­system (October 6). During the recent visit of Russian ­President Vladimir Putin to India, Prime Minister ­Narendra Modi signed a deal with Moscow for a highly advanced air defence system. It hints at decades of strong relations between India and Russia. Despite the looming threat of US sanctions, India has nevertheless penned the deal. I am of the view that India is well liked on the­ ­international stage because it is a straightforward and honest nation. This is another indicator of that.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Responsible citizens care about others on the road

I write in reference to your article One in five UAE drivers had an accident in the past six months, survey finds (October 9). Reckless driving is done by young people mostly, in spite of all the warnings. The parents should be spoken to by police. Maybe they could put a stop to it. Responsible citizens and residents care for their lives, and the lives of others.

Name withheld by request

The rise of far-right Bolsonaro is a tragedy for Brazil

I write in reference to your article Jair Bolsonaro wins first round of Brazil election (October 8). It is truly a tragedy that fascism is finding a voice in my native Brazil.

Aurea Santos, Paris

Experiencing Islamophobia every time you travel

I write in reference to your article On the move: aad but oddly satisfying encounters ­with ignorance (October 8), in which Rosemary Behan outlines the Islamophobia she encountered during a trip to the US. Try being a native-born American citizen who is Muslim. I can’t even return to my own country without getting delayed and questioned by both immigration and customs.

Name withheld by request

Maybe it shouldn’t be a testing time for drivers

I write in reference to your article Should all new UAE residents have to take a driving test before hitting the nation’s roads? (October 8). I agree that southern Europe can be a nightmare to drive in, or Paris for that matter, but there really is no comparison. Across the Middle East, roads can be ­perilous, however, most Middle Eastern ­drivers do not need to take a test to drive here. Ultimately everyone falls back on their own bad driving habits.

DG Ditlevsen, Abu Dhabi