x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

A dynastic vote

As Indians head to the polls in Uttar Pradesh today, India as a whole should be careful about endorsing dynastic politics and rule in this day and age, one reader argues. Other letter topics today: tenancy laws, Palestinian unity, Saudi growth and the dog show scuffle.

Politics in India is too dynastic, one reader argues, as voters in Uttar Pradesh head to elections contested by the Congress Party of Rahul Gandhi, centre. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP
Politics in India is too dynastic, one reader argues, as voters in Uttar Pradesh head to elections contested by the Congress Party of Rahul Gandhi, centre. Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP

The new tenancy initiative is noteworthy in its drive to give better living conditions to the residents of the UAE (New rules clarify law on illegally subdivided villas, February 7). However, I would like to point out that its purpose has been undermined by the fact that it did not answer the root cause of why communal living is so common.

Expatriate residents are pushed towards communal living due to low salaries and high rents. I believe this is one crucial element that the authorities need to address before implementing tenancy rules going forward.

Jan Hibaler, Abu Dhabi

Indians head to the polls seek change

We are being inundated with statements from Sonia Gandhi's children and son-in-law about their political aspirations (Flamboyant Mayawati in battle to keep power in Uttar Pradesh, February 6). But as Indians head to the polls in Uttar Pradesh today, India as a whole should be careful about endorsing dynastic politics and rule in this day and age.

There are many highly qualified and bright Indians who can run this country better than the Gandhi family. They should stand up and make their presence known.

The fact is that India is floating rudderless in a cauldron of corruption. The last few years have seen unprecedented sleaze and bad governance. Ms Gandhi has been pushing Rahul Gandhi towards the prime minister assignment, even though he lacks content, charisma and vision.

He is a reluctant heir. Senior party leaders fret privately, but most of them are too old themselves to make a realistic challenge. Thus, the Congress will continue to be dysfunctional. Family and dynastic politics always encourages sycophancy and nepotism.

In a country riddled with massive illiteracy and ignorance, old brands matter. The Nehru-Gandhi name is one of the oldest ubiquitous brands, even in rural markets. But there is a major change happening today. Now, people expect brands to deliver.

Unfortunately, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has too many over-anxious prime ministerial candidates. It is devoid of dedicated senior workers, of vision and with a programme. It is losing a golden opportunity to provide a credible option.

India needs fresh talent. It should get its house in order.

Rajendra K Aneja, Dubai

Palestinian unity gains with Hamas

I support those who are restoring Palestinian unity (Abbas heads Palestinian government of unity, February 7). This move won't please Israel, and its lobby in Washington will use whatever influence it has to stifle the Palestinians' unity momentum. This anticipated response will make it easier to resist the temptation of factionalism.

One way to defeat Israel's objections is for Hamas to run for new elections.

Hamas is run by smart people who know how to change their tactics to achieve their objectives.

Aref Assaf, US

 

First it snows, then it rains money

Saudi Arabia is competing at all levels in the MENA region (Let it snow, indoors, in Saudi Arabia, February 6). First it was the Kingdom Tower, which will be taller than the Burj Khalifa when completed. Now it's the snow village.

Yes there's lots of competition among the Middle East countries, which is healthy. But the UAE must be careful as it may see an erosion of its market share if it's not careful. Indeed, GCC and other MENA countries have an alternative in Saudi Arabia.

Certainly the Arab Spring has paid off for the UAE. But when the dust settles, what's next?

The UAE must now turn its attention to China, India and Brazil for economic growth. The future is bright for the UAE, but the competition is also getting stronger.

Randall Mohammed, Dubai

Sports fans let down by station

Those tuning in for the Scotland versus England match faced the same disappointment as viewers hoping to catch the Six Nations rugby showdown between Ireland and Wales(Al Jazeera upsets rugby fans with Six Nations no show, February 7). Al Jazeera Sport instead showed a re-run of an irrelevant football match from the English Championship.

Kristinn Mason, Abu Dhabi

Dog show staff shares in blame

We were also in the dog show and actually saw this dangerous terrier (Dogs have their day in Dubai, February 6) on the way in.

The were several people who were checking the dogs and none of them stopped the terrier. I believe the organisers of the dog show have to be punished, as they would be in other countries.

Assia Rassulova, Dubai