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Oceans need our help!

What if you were told that every single piece of plastic ever made still exists somewhere in the world today (“Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags”, Gulf News, June 4)? Would you still eat your lunch with a takeaway knife and fork? Would you still ask to have your groceries double bagged at the supermarket? Our addiction to plastic products is detrimental to marine life as well our environment. It was truly heart wrenching to read the report of a whale dying due to consuming 80 plastic bags! Whales are an important part of our ecosystem; steadily their numbers are declining with many of their kinds becoming endangered while some being on the verge of extinction. According to the United Nations, eight million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain. The diminishment of biodiversity in our oceans is the single greatest threat to the survival of humanity. We need to stop our dependence on plastics, especially single use items, and commit to seeking out alternative materials where possible. Giving plastic products for recycling and making use of cloth bags for grocery shopping are other ways we can support the ‘no plastic’ campaign. Plastic isn’t biodegradable and doesn’t break down. Knowing that it could end up in the belly of a bird or in the gut of a whale, should be reason enough to say ‘no’ to unnecessary plastic in our daily lives. We need to consider the repercussions of our callous actions.

From Mr Aaditya Gandhi

Dubai

Pakistan needs better governance

While visiting the US I came to understand that this country is a superpower and will remain so because of the diversity it has (“Why India, Pakistan should resume dialogue”, Gulf News, June 5). It brings a country like Pakistan to its knees because of the lack of leadership. In America nobody bothers about where you come from, what race, caste, colour you or, or what religion you preach. Whether you are going to temple, mosque or church, it’s not the business of people nor the state to interfere. This was also the vision of Politician Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Unfortunately, in Pakistan it’s the business of everyone to know which religion one is practicing. I mourn and strongly condemn the recent brutal murder of activist, Sardar Charanjeet Singh, who was gunned down in Peshawar by religious extremists. He was well known for human rights activism. Religious bigotry is the root cause of chaos in Pakistan, it should be addressed by sane secularism.

From Mr Nasir Soomro

New York

Doing it right!

Gulf News is doing a great job by connecting readers with concerned sections or departments to help readers actually stand for a remedy or resolve being explained in the letters to the editor column. I wholeheartedly congratulate the newspaper for making such a platform for the readers to address their grievances. Not only that, the newspaper seems to be serious about the topics being handled too. Also, outside institutions deserve credit for discussing matters mentioned in the letters and aiming for solutions. Normally, the concerned government departments would look into those matters in some countries and forward the matters to the concerned departments for action. However here, one full page has been allotted for the reader issues to be resolved through the paper, and this is also commendable.

From Mr Vijayan S. Kallunad

Dubai

Improving reading

I’ve always loved reading comics and story books but reading The Views section of Gulf News has changed my perspective towards life. Reading about different issues from different ideologies of people has been such an enthralling experience! Looking at things from the minds of individuals of different age groups, makes me ponder over the different sides to a story. Thank you so much Gulf News for making my reading experience an amazing one.

From Mr Shezeen Mohammad

UAE

Making a statement

The French President has done the right thing to honour human ‘Spiderman’ immigrant who has been hailed a national hero in France after scaling a building to save a four-year-old baby (“Malian ‘Spiderman’ joins French fire brigade”, Gulf News, May 30). He has also been granted honorary citizenship and a job as a fireman. In addition to the gesture of the goodwill by the French government towards Gassama, I hope Emmanuel Macron would extend his goodwill gesture towards others in need. They are showing compassion towards people.

From Mr Abu Bakar N. Kasim

Canada

Rewarding true heroes

It’s an act that has true human touch and sentiments, and must be appreciated by all, irrespective of caste, creed and all the differences. Refugees across the world have been trying for mere survival, this single incident itself shows how painful their life is and how they value the life of others. It shows us how much value they have in our society when it comes to life and significance. The most value appreciation is the quick processing of his application to become a French resident and offering a job that best suit his act of bravery. Mamoudou Gassama’s timely act of saving a child from a building by climbing it, didn’t go unnoticed and the government has acted so impressively. They offered him French citizenship and spread respect to the entire refugee community. A true humanity exists in the act of Gassama as well as in the President of France.

From Mr Ramachandran Nair

Oman

Time to end political gimmicks

This is in reference to the Gulf News report that the Senior Congress leader and General Secretary, Digvijay Singh, has now made a complete turn and has offered his apologies to Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari and Ajay Sancheti. Following this, both of them have withdrawn the defamation suit filed against Singh. It has become a routine for our political leaders to throw mud against each other, filing defamation cases and then later on apologising and closing such cases. In fact, there could be hundreds of such cases pending, which are gathering dust, in the state of Tamil Nadu. I feel such cases are frivolous and are only wasting the precious time of our judiciary, who are already burdened with pending cases. Such leaders should be penalised with at least 20 per cent of defamation amount claimed in the suit, which would not only reduce such cases but also put an end to the foul language used against each other. Such members should also be debarred from contesting elections for at least six years and should not be allowed to canvas votes during that period. Only such stringent steps can put an end to the gimmicks of these political leaders.

From Mr N. Hariharan

India

Rape, assault and shame

Hollywood mogul, Harvey Weinstein’s bail was set at $1 million (“Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape charges”, Gulf News, June 1). The shameful act of the producer and director came into public view and he is now facing charges. He surrendered and this is the dramatic development of the case. While we are waiting on the outcome of the case, it has been interesting to see the latest development in the Hollywood film industry. Based on the accusations, Weinstein has been charged with rape. He was subject to a lengthy investigation by New York police over the past few months. Whatever the result of any court case, it will be difficult for him to recover from all the allegations, despite his awards and achievements. All celebrities have a responsibility to safeguard their reputation and adhere to the highest standards of behaviour. Film actresses and models won’t complain against him unless and until he misbehaved with them. Despite paying the bail amount, his reputation won’t come back. It is a sad state of affairs.

From Mr K. Ragavan

Denver

Taxed up, fed up

It is really surprising that after the reduction of 60 paisa in 4 days, by the government, that too after hiking the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs4 in a week, the print and visual media seems to have become quiet. As usual the common man could only wince due to the hike in cost and tighten their strings to offset the rising expenditure. The farmers’ strike is another blow for the common man, as there is going to be a shortage of day to day items like milk, vegetables and more. At this rate, we do not know what the fate of the common man is going to be in the coming days. It is high time the central government cut the excise duty and advise the state governments to cut Value Added Tax, or just bring petroleum products under Goods and Services Tax (GST) to give substantial relief to the common man.

From Ms Kavitha Srikanth

India

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