Flood-affected people are evacuated from Townsville, Australia. File/AFP
It is unpleasant to read about the crisis and situation of the cattle battling the floods in Northeast Australia. It is bad for the cattle of course, because they are innocent and most affected victims of what could very well be a big symptom of climate change and global warming. It has been said time and again, that the planet will see extremes in temperature and seasons (“Drought-stricken Aussie farmers battered by floods,” Feb.7, The Gulf Today).
The drought and the subsequent floods in Australia show just that. But are the cattle or the ranchers to be blamed for this plight? Did they go about cutting trees and make way for global warming? Absolutely not. It is the world leaders who make detrimental decisions and policies which in turn affects various parts of the planet as a whole and cause much suffering and economic loss.
And of course the policy makers will sit in their high chairs and let not the flood waters kiss the tips of their toes and it is the farmer who toils and tills the land along with his cattle who will be the first to be hit along with other animals which are caught unawares.
Ritika Nair — Sharjah
I agree with the writer’s suggestion that there has to be a well-being index for India, as GDP isn’t a sufficient measure for the well-being or happiness of Indian citizens.
Religious dialogue is a great tool that helps bolster peace and fraternity between all peoples and the ‘Global Conference of Human Fraternity’ which UAE hosted, did just that.
Team India notched up another series victory, after their Australian success, in commanding style (“India win series 4-1 after Rayudu rescue,” Feb.4, The Gulf Today).
The UAE leadership has always cherished values that form the bedrock of society, such as tolerance, unity and generosity among other virtues. It also respects the revered institution of marriage as a cornerstone of social progress.
The decision by Fatah and Hamas to join forces to resist Israel’s annexation of portions of the West Bank and “topple” Donald Trump’s “Deal of the Century” could be a turning point.
It is one thing on which everyone is agreed, which means it is probably either meaningless or wrong. When Boris Johnson declared in his “build, build, build” speech in Dudley that we are going to “build back greener,” he was expressing the consensus view.