28 March 2010

Wearing the wrong coat

Political instability is once again back. Our roads are full of protesters. Many are worried that the nation is losing its stability, peace, and the brotherhood among its members. Yet, why did this happen?

Let me make this as simple as this. The political instability that we see in our country is a mere result of what we did with our own hands. Its not only that the two big parties are involved in these protests and violence, it is they who are to be blamed as well. This is how it happened.

Before 2008 election.

MDP

At this time MDP was in opposition and DRP was in the government. MDP as the first political party in the nation was the leader in opposition. As a leading opposition party, MDP was hell bent on bringing down the Maumoon government. With this in mind, MDP was ready to do almost anything to weaken the government.

Protests became a daily routine in Maldives. The Maldives Police Service; then a very new body, nearly broke down by trying to cope with the unimaginable situations. Day in and day out, they were on alert, with the very little resource and even less experience. MDP went on encouraging the public to continue to do so. Protests, civil disobedience, international help, strikes in jail were all new, yet so adventurous to many people of the country.

In the Majlis, MDP was the minority party. Yet MDP was not ready to give up there either. As the opposition party MDP tried its level best to make sure that every single bill that passes the Majlis reduces or minimizes the power of the 30 year old regime. And people did like this too.


DRP

DRP as the party in government, tried its level best to minimise the actions and support for the opposition. Just like MDP was not ready to give a heck to the laws and regulations, DRP too was ready to go against the rules in anyhow, if it can make MDP weak. The very iron fist shown to the protesters, the law on the assembly in Maldives and the continuous arrests of the opposition members were all done to ensure the DRP was in power.

DRP tried its level best to show to the public that the protests, were against the peace and harmony of the country. It is acts of the uncivilized people and it is done by people who wants to bring down the government which is a violation of the Constitution.

In Majlis, DRP tried to make sure that all the powers are in the hands of government, and never to let a decision making right go to Majlis, where too many "bad" people are there.

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At the end, people were been very much mislead. Each party tired to engrave on the minds of its members that their party is ALWAYS right no matter what and the other party is ALWAYS wrong.

After 2008 election.

By the time the election came, the Constitution was read. DRP was more than happy that with the laws made, DRP can easily control the opposition and MDP was happy that they gave enough rights to the Majlis to make the government answerable. In short, both were ready to wear their new coats. However, in the election things turned upside down. DRP lost the election and MDP got the government.

The result is so clear, the traps the each one made to kill the other is now in the hands of other. Now I dont have much to say. MDP needs to understand that DRP is walking just on the steps that you showed and DRP needs to digest the same reality. It will not be easy to see someone wearing your own coat. This is how I could see the unrest in our country now.

05 March 2010

Adhaalath Party sponsored Islam

I never wanted to write this article, but thought I'd not be making any justice by not writing this either.

Islam, the religion was and has been a big topic in Maldivian politics always. This became more visible with the introduction of political parties in the country. As someone who tries to understand what is going on around the nation, I always found that Islam was used as a tool and political shield. When you know that your facing a too tough a challenge politically, it is Islam that becomes the last resort.

In the political stage of Maldives, when one mentions the name Islam, the first name that comes to mind will be Adhaalath. To be very frank, I never doubted their genuineness as they struggled in the process of reform and bringing down the government of President Maumoon. Many Maldivians say that Adhaalath is the only 'Islamic' party in Maldives. (I wonder which is the non-Muslim party)


Today, I feel comfortable enough to say that Adhaalath is either becoming the bad boy just like others, if not was hiding the real face before.
Here are some reasons why I say so.


1. Handshake is not allowed between a Muslim men and women. Though I did not mention during the heated up campaign, I did see that the senior scholars were with the presidential candidate Mr. Gasim Ibrahim when he went from island to island shaking hand with hundreds of ladies. Was it OK until winning the election?


2. Buruga- It seems President Maumoon was so very wrong when then first lady Nasreena didn't cover her hair. Now the present first lady is not covering either!!! I never heard them calling for that. Well, if you say former was a religious scholar and present one is not, cant you teach this poor boy; president Nasheed?


3. One thing that was criticized a lot was that former government tired to cut down to size any religious association. Its a big secret that all knows, that even now some religious associations are been "disturbed." Maybe those who left the party and tries to convey the messages of religion without been under the party umbrella are in hot seats.


4. Quran is the book of Islam. The Dhivehi translation of Quran had too many mistakes and we heard the previous government sent too hell for this wrong act. The same act was done again. The same translation was distributed without corrections. If alcohol could be one big mistake, I wonder how many big mistakes a mistranslated book of religion could create.


5. At last, something that we came across recently. Some students of College (the people who are supposed to be taking the responsibilities of tomorrow) took and initiative to carry out an Islamic lecture. When a well known scholar was requested, students were redirected to party office. The answer from there as simple as this. The scholar can go, but only in the name of party!!! (No comments. I wont say they tried to sell anything, but people may)


When all these came, I just thought like this. No one is so very much in love with religion. But to get the attention of public, the name is used. For me, it seems like Islam is a good brand, that many are ready to get sponsorship from.