The news of the knifing of the Human Resources Manager of Club Med Kani, in his office on the resort island should have shocked the nation. Yet, the incident does not seem to have alarmed anyone in particular. It can very well be that knifing is such an every day incident in this nation which claim to be the Sunny Side of Life… or paradise on Earth.
Knifing amongst locals have grown to new heights and the army had to be called onto the streets to control the violence that killed a young man and a child, the latter who was fourteen years died while in a coma in the intensive care unit of the main hospital in Male. The army has gone back to the barracks claiming that the violence is now under control. A week from the bold announcement, there were two incidents of violence in Male which also involved “cutting up” as we say here in the Maldives.
Since then, two knifing incidents one in the Four Seasons Resort and the other after two days in Club Med is alarming enough, to anyone who has a long term perspective on the “golden goose that lays the golden eggs” for the nation that is set to perish from sea level rise anyway, according to state sources.
The Club Med Incident is alarming in that it shows that the “the culture of violence” and bodily harm to others by “cutting them up” is inching toward the breadbasket. The day that a tourist is knifed in Maldives is the day when all hell will break loose and we will not have to wait for sea level rise to perish us, but will be gone much before that.
When it happens, we will have many fantastic ideas of how it could have been prevented and who is to blame. Yet, we – a nation whose human development index (though the UN will boast about its greatness) is below any humanly civilized level, does not have the capacity to be proactive about it.