Landlords need to be careful

A reader says landlords should try to retain tenants rather than lose them for maximum financial gains. Other topics: Turkish media, credi bureau, Hindutva
A reader says landlords should retain good tenants rather than lose them with sharp hikes. Lee Hoagland/ The National
A reader says landlords should retain good tenants rather than lose them with sharp hikes. Lee Hoagland/ The National

I am commenting on the article Dubai landlord refuses to fix air conditioning unless rent is hiked (May 19). Where I live, there are a few houses up for rent.

The last tenants moved out because the landlord wanted to increase their rent. He has no tenants now and therefore no income. Does this make sense to anyone? Certainly not to me.

It’s better to have a good tenant, who pays on time than hike rents and not have tenants for half or more of the year.

It’s shortsightedness and a false economy.

Jen Bishop, Abu Dhabi

Approval of credit bureau a step in the right direction

The introduction of Al Ittihad credit bureau is a strong positive step for the UAE (Credit bureau gains government approval, May 19). It will help reduce the number of overextended residents, while simultaneously reducing the volume of nonperforming loans.

I hope that the bylaws allow provision for residents to see the details of their credit reports and request corrections to their records (with proof, of course) when banks provide incorrect information, as often happens, but people must get the opportunity to correct them.

Elan Fabbri, Dubai

Turkish media paints bold image

I am writing in reference to the article Mine blast anger boils over in Turkey, (May 16). I have just returned from Turkey after spending about three weeks there. What caught my attention is the remarkable courage of the Turkish media. I was particularly impressed by the fearless tenacity of journalists representing English-language newspapers.

They openly criticise the country’s justice system, corruption within the government and substandard safety regulation. They have blamed the recent mining disaster in Soma on the failures of the government. They do so despite some of their colleagues being jailed for such criticism.

One columnist, Mustafa Akyol, wrote in the Daily News: “We will write about it. We will write about it to the core. We will write about ways to live like a human being.” I am impressed.

AE Vass, Abu Dhabi

‘Hindutva’ often misinterpreted

This refers to Jyoti Malhotra’s opinion article Narendra Modi should not misinterpret his mandate (May 18). Indian people must decide whether they need to remain secular or act like secular.

But I must point out that there is no communal or just extremist connotation in the word “Hindutva”.

Those who are trying to portray this ideology as such are making a mistake. According to a 1995 Supreme Court of India’s judgement, the word Hindutva refers to “the way of life of the Indian people and the Indian culture or ethos”.

The article says: “The Modi government will staff universities and colleges with people of their own ilk, thereby paving the way for the rewriting of textbooks that promote the ideologies and heroes of right wing Indian movements.”

Does the writer know that many Indian textbooks are stuffed with foreign thoughts and ideas. So what’s wrong if an elected government decides to teach young people the country’s real history?

Uttar Pradesh is a Muslim-majority state and winning there without their support is impossible. So where is the polarisation the writer talks about?

Furthermore, the writer calls Congress an inclusive party while implying that the BJP is communal. But if you look at India’s post-independence history, you will know that some of the major communal clashes took place during Congress’s rule.

Gopi Krishna Menon, Dubai

“India has won, good days are ahead,” Narendra Modi said after his election victory. This statement, along with some others, give hope that the country will move ahead.

Also, this result assures every Indian that the country’s democracy is vibrant. India’s literacy rate may be low, compared to most developed countries, but there is no doubt that the people of India are politically wise.

Let’s salute the world’s largest democracy.

LN Sethumadhavan, India

Published: May 20, 2014 04:00 AM

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