09 February 2010

Who am I? Where am I?

From the very childhood onwards, I knew I am a Maldivian. I knew I believe in Islam. I knew my country is a very beautiful place. And I knew my nation was so peaceful that some says it is heaven on earth. In short, I knew who I am.

We had a long tradition of peace and harmony. Friendship, share and care, hospitality were assets of this nation, for which our forefathers. Islam was the pillar that we said could never be moved as long as we were named Maldivians.

Today, things have changed, with development, globalization, education, and the ever changing world, we have changed. Our country is developing. New buildings, better projects, higher education and so on. Industries are flourishing, democracy is settling itself, economic changes are taking place. The thinking, believes and the ways of life have changed than ever before.

With the good news, also came the bad side. As we imported almost everything, we failed to make sure that we import only the good things. The result is proving to be disastrous.

We brought a new governing system; democracy, in this we made it very blunt that we accept nothing other than the best option available.

We brought international syllabus and education; that too, we decided to bring the best.

We brought every fashion that was there out on market; once again the best fashion we did go for.

That sounds good, yet not so good. We did bring things that we should have never brought.

We can use a machine made in Japan, or China, yet that is no excuse for us to change our life in their way. However that was what we did. Today, as we bring tourists from around the world, to show us our beaches, traditions and culture, I wonder what we now have got to show to them. In their countries they do see drug edicts, they do see rape cases, murders etc... Guess all that is left is the white beaches. Surely not the peace and harmony, surely not the hospitality and respect to each other and not the Maldivian way of life too.

We have very successfully built a Male' Hulhumale', and other steps in development. Unfortunately we have very successfully forgotten to build a generation that could take up the challenges and move ahead with the nation in this competitive world.

The children today have no idea, who they are. If not to all, surely to most this is the grave reality. They hesitate to respect anyone. They feel ashamed to obey any rules. They feel so weird to be asked to live up to the values and norms of this society. Indeed they don't understand the norms and values of society nor do they know its importance. The results we saw on our roads and jails. The worsts are yet to come. The new generation of parents seems to be very keen to make sure their kids speak English from day one, leaving the last hope in risk.

If things goes as it is, tomorrow the people of this society will not be sure who they are and where they are from. Maybe time has come for us to take up the word "nationhood" a bit more seriously.


03 February 2010

civil servants...in the middle of no where?

few facts that we could recall before going ahead.....

1. There is an economic problem in our country. Some says an economic down turn. Government and international organisations and opposition also seems to agree on this. (opposition says government spending tell a different story)

2. The Independent bodies are got the "high" salary as they got before the 3 month salary reductions.

3. The Parliament very clearly rejected to cut a single Laari from their salary. (though we today see some of them very sympathetic to civil servants)

4. The salary was reduced for a period of 3 months with the possibility of extending if necessary by further observation of the situation on ground.

salary of civil servants; the big topic in every sitting room and every dining room.

What should we really do? CSC says government is so very wrong for not giving "high salary" and the government says CSC is very wrong for asking to pay "high salary".

Now, we see the civil servants been squeezed by both sides. For them its like mom and dad on either side and someone asks.."whom do you love more? Mom?????? or Dad?????"

The question is why did this happen?
We make a government to serve the people, we make independent bodies to serve the people. Yet, unfortunately, we see them hell bent on fighting each other and the poor citizens are caught in the middle of the war. Had the government and CSC negotiated well in advance, than the last two days, maybe a path could have been found. Now that this has become a big problem, the question is what should be done?

I believe, there is a real economic problem in this nation. Yes, I do understand that many political appointees are there. Yet, it is no excuse to believe that there is no problem. Not every student will try to pass just because they got low marks once. Surely the government doesn't need my advice, yet as this is my nation, I think there are few things that we need to do in order to act in the national best interest.

1. The government must stop been a top heavy government. I wonder on average how many appointees come a day.
2. The government must give the salary of this month as announced by CSC.
3. The government must ask for a reduction in salary from next month onwards if necessary.
4. CSC must start giving more cooperation to government but not becoming a puppet.
5. The independent bodies, must reduce their own salary if the civil servants salary is reduced once again.
6. The Parliament should bring the salary to a reasonable amount. (they play hide and seek most of the time and thier salary reaches the sky)

At the end of the day, I think the best decision will be to keep the 3 month low salary as permanent salary level. This could be done only by reducing the salary of all other public paid's as well. If not, there will not be a way out of this anger and disturbance that many people are going through.