31 March 2009

I Told You so

On 7th August 2008, the day we got the new(ratified) constitution, I told you that there were Too many fouls in the first half I too said that we must play the second half in a more meaningful and responsible way. What are we doing now? Are we performing well enough?

The government


The most important point about the government after the adoption of new Constitution is that the government has changed. The then opposition MDP is now heading the government and the DRP has moved from government to opposition.

The question is how the government is doing so far. Rather than going for a very narrow judgment, let me share certain facts about the new government. The government has increased the salary of all civil servants. Thank you Anni. There is a councilor for almost every island and atoll, all of whom are political appointees. oh Is this another gang to control vote boxes? There are appointed member in the Majlis from this government too. They came from roof I guess rather than from back door. There was a Home Minister in the new government for only 22days. He slapped Anni just the way he slapped Maumoon.:) One of the other allies of the Vathan Edhey Gothah, Dr Hassan is no more in government.

"The jail is in jeopardy" said a security of penitentiary. He said the Jail councilor is above all the laws and that he can enter 'anywhere in jail anytime without any passes with mobiles and cigarettes, though it is not allowed for anyone to do it. The government that promised less spending on political posts is more than ever "TOP HEAVY" with so many ministers, deputies, state ministers and envoys. The gang fights, and street violence is out of control just like before.

With huge promises been made, I see the expectations of people going higher than ever and still government is silent about the real economic situation of the country and the world. In short, I see more of unfulfilled promises been made again and again and very little been done.Government is trying its level best to persuade the people of the importance of MDP getting majority in Majlis. Hehe when Maumoon government was having majority it was a crime but when it comes to MDP it is an essential for democracy. Once again the g So, Not very good yet, but maybe too early to say the government failed.

Oppositions

the new member to the opposition was DRP which also represents the largest political party in country according to Election Commission.
If we look at the opposition, one of the most active members of opposition is IDP, with productive criticisms though at times they talk mere nonsense. DRP seems to be in trouble with a huge struggle to get rid of the 30 years of history hanging on behind them.Moreover there is a prover struggle going on with former information minister Nasheed and DRP. Protests are now very common, schools are been closed at times, island offices and hospitals are locked. There is one important point to be noticed here. In almost every protest that we saw, we also did see MDP members directly or indirectly disturbing the protesters. Doesn't sound like a tolerant democracy!! The opposition seems to be helpless and hopeless when it comes to persuading the public that the government does not need a Majlis majority to run government.

So, at the end I think the second half is not going well either. If this is the case our democracy may not be very lifelong though not as short as Amin Didi's democracy.

28 March 2009

Rajje' Islam vi dhuvas- ANOTHER LIE IN HISTORY.

They say that tomorrow, the 2nd of Rabi Ul Aakhir was the day Maldives embraced Islam. Just one simple question. How did you know?



Firstly, whether we like it or not, our country is a nation with a very little, evidence based history. Most of the history comes to us from the least authentic evidence in finding history which is folk evidence. There are hardly few archaeological evidence or documentary evidence found. If any such is found its mostly a piece of a temple or some idols, which of cause tells nothing about embracing Islam.

Second, even if there is any thing that we know from history, it is true that our history is very much "an edited story". There are very much biased events and logically unacceptable happenings. The famous Rannamaari which is been taught in our schools till date is one such story. And in this 21st century we are been asked to believe that and say its time to celebrate embracing Islam.

More over, a teacher of mine, told me that if the Center for Linguistic and History can prove that it was Abul Barakaath Yousuful Barbaree who was behind our embrace to Islam, he will prove to them that it was Yousuful Thabreyzee who was behind and also that he was not from Morocco and that he was from Addu Meedhoo. I don't know. All I know is that neither of these people saw it in reality and both are providing proves they have. Maybe one day we will know the truth.


Last, there is no single nation on the recent history that embraced Islam or any other religion at once or in a very short period of time. If then how can we expect Maldives to embrace Islam is such a short period? There are two reasons to believe that it wont happen.
1- This is an island nation. Sending the "order" to embrace Islam around the country itself will take more than 3 months. Remember we are talking about centuries back.
2- Before embracing Islam, Buddhism was there. Now we say we love our religion so much. Should we really expect our forefather not to be loving their religion? Honestly speaking, I don't think so.




Therefore I think we celebrating tomorrow as a day of embracing Islam, it will be nothing more than an another lie in history.

photo:
www.maldivesroyalfamily.com (idol)
www.maldivesonlineguide.com (mosque)

22 March 2009

Bid for Home minister.

Let me put my idea without going around the bush.


ON November 11th 2008, after taking the office, President Nasheed handed over the Home ministy to Mr Gasim Ibrahim due to several reasons.
{ for the information of you, it includes the following. He is the rich business man Buruma. He is the leader of Jumhooree Party. He was the second last Finance minister of the Maumoon government. He was a key player of the Yathan edhey gothah. He was an important figure in opposition and also he had the promised job of home ministry}

ANNOUNCEMENT:


Mr. Gasim was able stay in office for only 22 days. And since then THERE IS NO HOME MINISTER IN THE COUNTRY. President seems to find very hard to select some one because a good cast to the post is so rare.

Thus, it will be a good idea to open up the opportunity to apply to become the Home minister of the country. (maybe an international bid is better:P) Then life of our president will be easier. Come on. We need to do something like this, there is no home minister in this country since last december.

19 March 2009

Haram Mosque_ vision 2020



Maybe I wrote too much on politics. So thought to have a change.
Here I'd like to share a photo of the expansion project that is planned to be carried out in Makka, the holy land of Muslims and expected to be completed by around 2020. This is a model of how the Masjidhul Haram may look like after the expansion.
Lets hope the project goes as planned. I saw this on Iqraa site

16 March 2009

Theemuge (The Presidential Palace) for rent.



The government has changed. The new government says they don't wont big palaces anymore(of cause not any bigger than Muleeaage+ Hilaaleege). The economy is not very stable, yet people are demanding fore more salary, more development and more of everything that they wish to have. Government say they don't have enough money because the former government was too much corrupted and wasting.




I have an idea!! How about giving Theemuge for rent to an international Hotel group???
I say this after getting an email today in which I got nearly 40 different photos of the famous expensive palace of Maldives.



There is no need to keep these things untouched. Rather we could make use of them in a more productive way than opening a few offices in here. Why spend when we can get????



You may say I am crazy to talk about giving our prestigious presidential palace for rent. True. But I am not stupid enough to hope to see our foreign minster once again becoming our Begging minister either.



As these are photos that I received from an email, there is no reference that I could provide to these photos.



I don't see any reason why we cant rent this palace at a very high rate: This is a luxury hotel in the small capital of the "heaven", if to say as "people"says.



More than that, this was a presidential palace. Hey to add more spice; the presidential palace of the 30 years ruler. Mr. Maumoon



If we can create few million dollars by giving this palace, isn't that worth trying? I think so.



I think this will also be a good area where our new president can attract a lot of foreign investments. Remember? He loves FDI as much as he loves Madam Lailaa:)






So just rent this palace for about 5 years in an international bid and get the economics machine back on track!!!!


{The photos in this post are few that I selected from an email that I received. Since it is an email there is no reference I could give. To the most what I can say is its an email I received from my younger sister}

04 March 2009

Aneesa Ahmed....a lady or a gentle man???

Did you watch the Majlis today? Every time I see the vice president chairing the parliament I see a lady. Am I right? Or is there anything wrong in my eyes? Have a look and tell me. Here is the present vice president of the Maldivian Parliament.


As far as I know she is a lady. And she is the vice president of the Parliament. And when in absence of the Parliament president, she chairs the Parliament as the vice president and not the president.

However, I always see the IZZAHTHERI MEMBERS of majlis keeps on addressing her as "izzahtheri Raees". Are they insane???

She is a lady.

If they assume that she'd be acitng as president, then it must be Raeesaa not Raees

If they assume her as the vice president it should be Naaibaa Raees. (Naaibu Raeesa is wrong dhivehi as it'd change the president to a lady)

You know I felt like not to say this. But to tell you the truth I really don't know if these members are crazy to go on addressing a lady as a gentleman when she is right in front of them. If these Izzahtheri members are unable to differentiate between a lady and a gent, can they represent us and our rights? I doubt.


Photo: www.vom.gov.mv

02 March 2009

Fixing the energy tap...ONE house ONE panel.


The world economy is in a crisis. Economists says this cant be fixed over night. At the very same time we, the Maldivians are facing very tough days ahead when it comes to our own economy. Today in the opening ceremony of the People's Majils, President Mr. Nasheedh directly or indirectly warned of difficult days that we may face.

Last Year we saw the oil prices reached record high levels. This is the sources of energy that we use in Maldives. Also prices are expected to raise in future. Already we have electricity shortages in the capital Male', with at least two blackout in these two days. Tourism is declining in Maldives as the number of tourists visiting falls. The World Tourism Organization predicts a slow down in the tourism of this region if not a decline.

When All these things comes to my mind, I just wonder if we should keep quiet to see the wave comes and washe away our future. I think we need to do something. Maybe a long term actions will pay off. As the oil prices are expected to raises and tourism slow down and our economy in a slump, we need to economize. And we need to spend on future and long term investment.

One such action will be to introduce solar panel electricity to the households making us a bit more self reliant using the available SUNLIGHT. This will be a way to save energy as well as a means of environmental friendly life.

How about starting this from Raa atoll Dhuvaafaru which was very recently inhabited. Maybe the government can divert the MRF50,000 promised to be given to household for this purpose.(I said about diverting that money due to the economic status that we are in now) This could be the beginning.If not the government can buy and sell on installment basis without any interest to all house holds there. It' be an investment that is environment friendly, productive and economically sensible.
I'd love to see the government launch a project targeting to fix a solar panel in every household of Maldives by the year 2013. In this way we could fix the energy tap in a more reliable manner.


www.heliotropics.com
http://www.unwto.org/media/news/en/press_det.php?id=3481&idioma=E

01 March 2009

KAASHIDHOO Tharaagandu.

This weekend I got a chance to visit K. Kaashidhoo. I expected it to be a small island if not very small. At least that's what I heard. But, when I went I found that Kaashidhoo was not a small island. Though not as big as Hithadhoo, Kaashidhoo sure is a big island. The most important place that I was shown was the Kaashidhoo Tharaagandu, which as far as I know is the ruins of an a temple used by the Maldivians before the people embraced Islam.



This was a "protected" area in the island. There is controversy among some Maldivians now on whether we should protect such a place as a historical place or not. I don't know. I am not going to comment on that issue, at least not now. Maybe you can give your views on whether we need to protect such places or not. All I wanted was to share a photo of this historical Tharaagandu with the readers of my blog.