Freedom is a right. It is not always upheld by those who are appointed to serve and protect. Yet, the actions of a few do not represent that of the nation nor the institution they belong.
A worthy and a very relevant piece of writing that brings to the fore, that the people who are to serve and protect sometimes fail to remember who or what they are to protect and serve. And the above link also reminds us of the challenges and the way forward for the Maldives on its way to becoming a liberal democracy that is both compatible and competitive in the global village.
I had a lengthy discussion on the subject with an expert in Male’ who argued that it is the collective decision of the people of the land that should prevail and that should be honored over the “rights” of a handful who garner the backing and the support of high profile international organizations. He said that we do not have to respect those who do not have the decency to respect the expressed positions of the people of the land.
The great majority of the people in this country believe that all Maldivians should be Muslim, as we have been for centuries. Then, is there a greater force that can compel that the Maldives should be a secular state with the freedom of individuals to practise a faith of their choice?