x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Why has Priyanka broken silence?

A reader says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should explain the failures of the Congress government. Other topics: Boko Haram, GCC, Dubai property, Google House

A reader says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should have explained the failures of the Congress-led government in India, rather than launch personal attack on Narendra Modi and talk about “revenge”. Pawan Kumar / Reuters
A reader says Priyanka Gandhi Vadra should have explained the failures of the Congress-led government in India, rather than launch personal attack on Narendra Modi and talk about “revenge”. Pawan Kumar / Reuters

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the daughter of Sonia Gandhi, is becoming unnecessarily emotional in the current election campaign. She has threatened Narendra Modi saying that “each polling booth in Amethi will exact revenge” (Modi waves while Gandhi simpers silently inside his SUV, May 5). She asserted that Mr Modi has “insulted my martyred father in Amethi ... the people of Amethi will never forgive him”.

Priyanka should have refrained from dragging her father, Rajiv Gandhi, into the current campaign. Instead, she should have tried to explain the telecoms scandal, coal scandal and the Commonwealth Games fiasco in Delhi. She has been silent all along.

Let Priyanka explain all the problems suffered by the country during the Congress’s rule, such as inflation, unemployment and declining foreign investments. She also needs to tell the people why she remained quiet all these years.

A little knowledge is dangerous. Priyanka will realise this when the country’s electorate exact revenge against an incompetent government, steeped in corruption.

Priyanka, Indians want results, jobs, infrastructure, control on inflation and a clean administration. Nothing else matters. Only delivery and integrity count. Welcome to a new India.

Rajendra K Aneja, India

World must wake up to Nigeria kidnapping

The kidnapping of the schoolchildren in Nigeria is outrageous. Terrorists are wreaking havoc in every corner of the world (Boko Haram threatens to sell kidnapped girls as ‘slaves’, May 6).

Violence has blinded them so much that they are unable to see what is happening in the places where they are trying to apply their scare tactics. People are not afraid of them, they are not educating their children in madrasas out of fear, or hiding their girls at home as they want. Could terrorists stop Malala? There are thousands of Malalas today.

Extremists are not driven by any religious faith. They are those who just want to fulfil their inner desires to kill, torture and destroy. They try to justify their actions in the name of faith to get support from like-minded individuals. That’s why it is so difficult to end extremism. Those people are there in every society.

The recent incident, however, crossed all limits. The civilised world must act immediately to rescue their children and launch attacks against Boko Haram.

Nigeria cannot do anything on its own to stop these criminals. They need support.

Sukumar S, Sharjah

The world throws its weight around and supplies weapons, money and mercenaries to bomb Syria, Iraq and Ukraine. I really hope that the world will do the same for more than 200 innocent children who, if not saved by us, will face a life so miserable, we cannot even imagine.

I would like each and every reader to picture their own 10-year-old daughter having been stolen from their school and sold to some dirty man to be raped and killed. Yes, it is as drastic as that.

I was infuriated to read that the Nigerian first lady “imprisoned” the woman who brought her the news of this atrocity. It is even more frustrating that it took the global media three weeks to report. But the worst would be to sit back and treat this issue like any other piece of world news.

Rita Amer, Dubai

America is not the global policeman

Let’s applaud that the Gulf countries are seeking to establish their own deterrent (Saudi Arabia’s military exercise was a goodbye wave to America, May 6). Let them place their weapons, their military and their sons and daughters on the front lines of action to back up their foreign/regional policies. The US is not the world’s cop.

PN Kearns, Dubai

IMF advice based on old realities

I refer to the report IMF urges measures to cool Dubai property market (May 7). The IMF is behind the curve on this. Pricing in certain areas is cooling quickly already due to the recent measures brought in. It’s dangerous for them to suggest further cooling measures without giving time to see the effects of the existing ones. Any property agent will tell you that the market is flat and in some areas unwinding quickly. We don’t need more knee-jerk responses from the Government based on outdated advice from the IMF.

J Morris, Dubai

Google House is not an ideal home

This refers to the article Google House in Dubai: the home of the future now (May 6).

I like my own company and I love technology, but one of the aspects of Emirati culture that I admire the most is the concept of the majlis, where people – families and friends – sit together and chat. Society today is slowly losing those abilities and Google Houses are not doing anything to support such values.

Name withheld by request