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The UAE is truly an inclusive society

Filed on November 9, 2019 | Last updated on November 9, 2019 at 09.42 pm

I want to thank the Ministry of Community Development for organising a three-day Diwali night market in Capital Park, Downtown Abu Dhabi, from October 24 to 26. It was a beautiful gesture from the government and people of the UAE. It touched and lit up the hearts of thousands of Indian expats living here.

I was awestruck at what I saw. The Capital Park was beautifully illuminated with diyas and lamps. Small kiosks selling decorative knick-knacks, strings of bright marigolds lent a special charm to the place and the aroma of spicy Indian food tingled our nostrils. The sound of dhol and people dancing in joy was a sight I can't forget.

What struck me the most was the glow of happiness on the faces of the people. I met a lot of my friends there. We had fun together. After years I felt as if I was in India itself, enjoying Diwali in its true spirit.

Diwali stands for the victory of light over darkness, of good over evil. This small gesture by the people and the government of the UAE made a huge difference. It sent a message that it is possible to live together happily, in harmony with everyone else.

Life is more beautiful if we respect and accept each other. Let's be a little more magnanimous, forget and forgive and pave the way to more inclusive and peaceful world.

-Namrata Pandey, Abu Dhabi


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