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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

When a tee shirt costs more than a regional flight

Our readers have their say on Partition, Turkey and the Genoa bridge collapse

People line up outside a Bvlgari store to take advantage of low prices at the Zorlu luxury shopping mall in Istanbul. Chris McGrath / Getty
People line up outside a Bvlgari store to take advantage of low prices at the Zorlu luxury shopping mall in Istanbul. Chris McGrath / Getty

I refer to your article UAE tourists’ delight as Turkish currency crash means bargain holidays (August 15): the article notes that a tee shirt which costs Dh600 at home costs less than Dh100 in Turkey. Who in their right mind would pay Dh600 for a tee shirt?

Adam El-Balawi, Dubai

The British had no right to carve up India when they left

I write to endorse Khalid Ahmed’s letter There was no India or Pakistan before Partition (August 15): even if we were to consider India as a monolithic nation state (rather than as the Indian subcontinent) when the British arrived and seized control from the mughals, banishing the last mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar to Rangoon, the British were simply an occupying force.

When they were forced to leave India, they should have returned power to the mughals. There was no need for Partition and the British had no right to carve up India in any way. It was for the mughals then to decide what to do.

Mohammad Hamza, Dubai

I write in reference to Rashmee Roshan Lall’s article India at 71: The end of a chapter of Naipaul’s post-colonial melancholy (August 14): after 71 years, about 25 per cent of India still lives below the poverty line of $1.90 per day. India’s infrastructure in its major cities is collapsing. And a new culture of religious bigotry and vigilante lynching is undermining the police and legal machinery. Indian leaders are increasingly becoming demagogic in their pronouncements. Meanwhile poverty and unemployment are staring them in the face. India has many more miles to travel before it can be considered a strong, democratic nation.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Prayers for the victims of the Genoa bridge collapse

In reference to your article Genoa motorway collapse; death toll rises in immense tragedy in Italian city (August 15), Federica Marsi’s article on the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa was sad to read. It has been more than five decades since the bridge was built by a famous architect and there have been frequent renovations in the meantime. The story notes that the cause of the tragedy might have been heavy rains and the bridge’s structural weaknesses. I pray for the victims and for the speedy recovery of the injured.

K Ragavan, Bangalore

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