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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 20 January 2019

Jet deal has implications for tense Indian elections

Our readers have their say on Modi, Yemen, Christmas and Theresa May

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last week. Adnan Abidi / Reuters
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi last week. Adnan Abidi / Reuters

I write in reference to your article Win for Narendra Modi as India’s top court rejects challenge to Dassault jet deal (December 15). The much discussed Indo-French deal, which saw India purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets from France has been ruled as fair by India’s Supreme Court. It follows a barrage of criticism and accusations of corruption from the Congress party president, Rahul Gandhi, about the irregular $8.7 billion deal. This is the latest in a string of extraordinary developments in Indian politics ahead of elections due to be held by May.

Naturally, the opposition was not satisfied with the verdict from the top court and is seeking a separate probe. The government wants an apology from Mr Gandhi, which would represent a major climbdown.

Whether the Congress leader offers an apology or continues his demands for another probe could have real implications for India’s tense general election.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

The Hodeidah breakthrough could pave the way for peace

I refer to your timely editorial Hodeidah agreement is a true breakthrough (December 14). This is a good start that will hopefully pave the way for better understanding between the two sides fighting in this grim conflict. Wars have never solved problems, but rather create many more. Dialogue across the table, like that in Rimbo last week, is the best way to maximise opportunities that may bring an eventual peace in Yemen. Given the immense suffering in the country, it cannot come soon enough.

Name withheld by request

Merry Christmas and season’s greetings to one and all

Watching the spooky clouds as I did the rounds near my Dubai home this week, I heard beautiful Christmas hymns being sung at a church nearby. This really is a fantastic time of year. Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, the weather is superb and a festive spirit pervades. Let’s end the year together by enjoying another enchanted Christmas.

From joyful carols to special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts and festive foods, I love this time of year. Season’s greetings to one and all.

Mathew Litty, Dubai

When inanimate objects fail you, you’re in real trouble

I write in reference to your online video Door trouble adds to British Prime Minister’s Brexit sorrows (December 12). This is amazing. Even the car door is giving Prime Minister Theresa May a hard time. The Brexit door is just as locked, unfortunately for the embattled British leader. Chances are, the door malfunction is a sign of things to come.

Name withheld by request

Updated: December 15, 2018 06:35 PM

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