The fall of the Berlin Wall could teach the world to unite

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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

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