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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

India should not become dependent on foreign investment

Readers discuss Davos 2018, camel beauty contests and the fourth industrial revolution

James Winslow recovering after his accident / Courtesy James Winslow
James Winslow recovering after his accident / Courtesy James Winslow

In reference to your front-page story Davos 2018: India’s Modi warns against protectionism by Claire Corkery, Narendra Modi made a scintillating presentation showcasing India as a future investment destination. He has promised that red tape will be replaced by a red carpet. This is great.

However, a red carpet cannot be spread over the dilapidated roads of most Indian cities. Nor will healthy living be possible in smog-impacted cities like Delhi. The government should ensure that the performance matches the promise. The indignation of Mr Modi against protection is understandable. India and China wish to welcome more investment and export goods and talent to the US. However, US President Donald Trump would like to protect American jobs and encourage American production to create more jobs for locals.

"America First" was Mr Trump's election platform and he will stand by it. Moreover, as Ms Corkery writes in her article, India must also focus on decreasing inequalities among its own people. An Oxfam report states that 1 per cent of India garnered 73 per cent of the national wealth in 2017. Naturally, there will be anger and bitterness. Instead of seeking growth based on foreign investment alone, India should get its own house in order first.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Kudos to The National's coverage of Davos 2018

The video broadcast from Davos by The National's editor-in-chief was excellent and analysed the Swiss summit very well. Industrialisation 4.0 needs international guidance since the shift will come very fast (and is actually already happening) and civilians and governments have to be prepared. We can create a wonderful future for all people around the world with unlimited abundance for everyone and a new age for civilisation.

Sabine Balve, Abu Dhabi

We need a non-narcotic solution to pain

In reference to your article Opioid drug manufacturers accused of ‘murder’ by New York: addiction is biological and no doctor or pharmaceutical company can predict who will become addicted. As the population gets older, medications that deal with debilitating pain are needed more than ever. This won't stop addictive medication from being prescribed but I hope it could lead to a non-narcotic solution.

Beverly Newell, Ras Al Khaimah

Injecting camels with chemicals is cruel

I refer to your story Saudi camel beauty festival: 12 entrants disqualified for Botox use; I think it is beyond ridiculous and cruel to inject camels' lips with Botox.

Dina Karrar, Paris

The UAE wishes James Winslow a speedy recovery

In response to the story Racing driver who fractured spine at Yas Marina Circuit expects full recovery, may God bless James Winslow, the driver. Glad to know he is recovering well.

Melanie Rose, Dubai