The fall of the Berlin Wall could teach the world to unite
With reference to Jamie Lafferty’s article After fall of the Berlin Wall, a thriving arts scene has emerged
(November 11), it is fantastic that a wall which divided people is now a showground for artists. It has been 30 years that the Berlin Wall came down – an occasion to pay tribute to the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev who tore down the wall. He was a visionary who saw into the future and let the East and West Germans unite.
Today the world is seeing too many blockades.
The US is building trade barriers with China. Myanmar cannot manage the Rohingyas. Britain wants to exit the European Union. India and Pakistan cannot sit on a table for discussions.
Global leaders need to heed the advice of the Indian Nobel Prize winner poet Rabindranath Tagore who wrote, “Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls, into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake!”
The world desperately needs visionary leaders who can make boundaries disappear again, foster economic growth and save this beautiful planet from pollution and plastic. Rajendra Aneja, Dubai