Fight ter­ror­ism

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T er­ror­ism in any form needs to be con­demned (“Sui­cide at­tack kills 13 at Pak­istan shrine”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 6). It tells us that hu­mans are go­ing back to the Stone Age era. We are ob­tain­ing knowl­edge and ex­per­tise just to kill in­no­cent peo­ple. The sad part is that there is no end to the killing. There is no proper ac­tion and re­sources be­ing used to counter such an act of vi­o­lence against peo­ple who are strug­gling for their mere sur­vival. Who­ever sup­ports and en­cour­ages vi­o­lence must stop do­ing so. A col­lec­tive ef­fort to halt the blood­shed is needed. The Las Ve­gas shoot­ing was just a few day ago; who will be pay­ing for all these atroc­i­ties? Shame on hu­man­ity! From Mr Ra­machan­dran Nair UAE

Bridg­ing the gap

T he UAE Rulers are known for their gen­eros­ity and have al­ways been on the fore­front when it comes to pro­vid­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to war-torn, poverty-stricken ar­eas (“Ro­hingya mil­i­tants say cease­fire to end on Oc­to­ber 9”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 9). The Ro­hingya cri­sis has be­come a global is­sue that needs to be ad­dressed ur­gently. It is a sorry state of af­fairs to wit­ness thou­sands of peo­ple, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, be­ing forced to flee to the neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh. The cur­rent in­flux of Ro­hingya refugees have put a lot of strain on Bangladesh and its re­sources, where au­thor­i­ties are work­ing hard to pro­vide for them and yet are un­able to feed all the hun­gry mouths, lead­ing to many deaths from star­va­tion and mal­nour­ish­ment. In such cir­cum­stances, the sup­port ex­tended by the UAE gov­ern­ment is highly wel­comed and ap­pre­ci­ated. I also feel that the UAE should set up a cam­paign whereby mem­bers of the pub­lic can con­trib­ute to­wards the noble cause of help­ing those in dis­tress. From Ms Fa­tima Suhail Sharjah

Praise for the Rulers

T he Ro­hingya peo­ple are go­ing through a very bad phase, as their food and shel­ter has been lost due to the com­mu­nal ri­ots and re­li­gious con­flicts tak­ing place in their coun­try. Small chil­dren and preg­nant women are also fac­ing prob­lems from such ri­ots. Lots of young girls and women have been raped and mur­dered. Who is re­spon­si­ble for all this? No na­tion is ready to help, nei­ther are Hu­man Rights or­gan­i­sa­tions. It is very easy to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion but help­ing such peo­ple by giv­ing shel­ter, needs a big heart and strong de­ci­sion. Through In­dia is the near­est

bor­der coun­try who can help the Ro­hingya peo­ple by giv­ing them shel­ter, no­body has taken up the re­spon­si­bil­ity for giv­ing them any aid. I re­quest all the lead­ers of big coun­tries to help those af­fected by this up­ris­ing and open their gates for shel­ter­ing them and giv­ing them as much as help they can. I thank the Rulers of the UAE for pro­vid­ing re­lief to those suf­fer­ing. From Mr Lodhi Az­mat­ul­lah Khan In­dia

Re­port­ing rash driv­ing

P eo­ple are re­port­ing bad driv­ing, yet the driv­ing con­tin­ues to get worse (“Dubai Po­lice urge pub­lic to re­port reck­less driv­ers”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 6). Just go to the exit from Shaikh Mo­ham­mad Bin Zayed Road to the Al Ain Road exit in the evening, and watch the vi­o­la­tions. I once counted 29 cars that used the hard shoul­der on the right to pass and merge with cars in the lane go­ing to­wards the exit. Not only do you have to worry about peo­ple il­le­gally cut­ting in on the left hand side, but also on the right. I still think the eas­i­est way to en­sure driv­ing is to set up a re­ward sys­tem, where peo­ple have video cam­eras in­stalled in their cars, which record rash driv­ing and hand it over to the po­lice. If the video leads to a ticket and fine for the rash driver, then the per­son re­port­ing it can get a per­cent­age of the fine. From Mr Pa­trick Dun­ster Dubai Face­book De­bate

Many present con­cerns

O per­a­tion cost is get­ting higher and higher and com­pa­nies are try­ing to sur­vive (“Slow­down in salary in­creases in UAE, rest of GCC”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 8). Wait and see what the fu­ture holds. Nowa­days, ex­penses have in­creased heav­ily, and it has be­come more dif­fi­cult to sur­vive. An in­crease in salaries won’t hap­pen in such a short time. Se­cur­ing jobs is the main con­cern at moment. From Mr Michael Kung Dubai Face­book com­ment

Achiev­ing suc­cess

T here are many Sindhi busi­ness­men in Dubai (“Meet the 9 rich­est In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates in the UAE”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 9). They have gained re­spect and suc­cess in the UAE, just like they have in their moth­er­land, In­dia. The UAE is the gate­way of the world and a way for peo­ple to be suc­cess­ful. From Mr Sindhi Ali Noonari In­dia Face­book com­ment

Pros and cons

I f so­cial me­dia plat­forms are used prop­erly, life will be good. It can be a great source of news and ex­chang­ing bright ideas. This is not the case though. Crit­i­cis­ing so­cial me­dia is a men­ace many peo­ple have fallen un­der. It pains me to read a com­ment posted by a wife to her hus­band, thank­ing him for years of love, de­vo­tion, sup­port and a Dh20,000 an­niver­sary ring. We need not show off and di­lute our pri­vacy. We need not alien­ate our­selves from one an­other by com­mu­ni­cat­ing solely through so­cial me­dia. What has the world come to? From Mr Daoud J. K UAE

Con­tribut­ing to so­cial ills

F ilms are def­i­nitely a pow­er­ful ve­hi­cle to in­spire so­cial change, by in­creas­ing aware­ness about many so­cial is­sues (“Films can play role in elim­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ism”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 7). How­ever, in In­dia, I be­lieve that there is still a long way to go to achieve this. Films can only truly bring about a pos­i­tive change in so­ci­ety, when they them­selves are not rid­den with so­cial evils. The film industry in In­dia needs to tackle many evils if it truly wants to bring about progress. For ex­am­ple, most of the films pro­mote the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women and this helps to nor­malise it in so­ci­ety. This is not to say that there are no films that drive so­cial change, how­ever, we must ac­knowl­edge that the film industry is also one of the main con­trib­u­tors to the so­cial ills in so­ci­ety. From Ms La­har Chel­lani Dubai Face­book com­ment­i­mal So­cial me­dia cri­sis

W ith megapix­els in cam­eras in­creas­ing with each model, ev­ery­one feels like a celebrity (“So­cial me­dia vs per­sonal in­ter­ac­tion”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 8). To add to this num­ber of so­cial me­dia plat­forms that are eas­ily avail­able, the peo­ple us­ing them take pride in post­ing pictures of ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties. What is mean­ing­less is that even the most ba­sic, reg­u­lar and daily chores such as eat­ing and work­ing are posted on­line. There were days when peo­ple would shop and buy things ac­cord­ing to one’s com­fort. These days, the things bought are posted on so­cial me­dia, even be­fore they are brought home. From Mr Mir Im­ran Hus­sain Sharjah

Apol­o­gise for the mess

T here is ob­vi­ously a lan­guage bar­rier be­tween both peo­ple (“Maid ac­cused of des­e­crat­ing Qu­ran by sit­ting on it”, Gulf News, Oc­to­ber 6). She must not have un­der­stood, oth­er­wise who ran­domly does that in an ar­gu­ment, es­pe­cially since she’s a Mus­lim her­self? Both the spon­sor who es­ca­lated this by tak­ing her to the po­lice, and the peo­ple who are call­ing for her head are such ex­trem­ists. Try to see some sense. An apol­ogy can fix every­thing. From Ms Mor­varid Jalali UAE Face­book com­ment

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