To THINK: A sin in democracy …the Maldivian Style

19 Oct

This afternoon I sat for a cup of coffee at a table in a coffee house. An acquaintance who walked up to the table and made his input to the ongoing discussion around the table about the upcoming elections. He said to be aware of this guy Shihab, that he and the guy sitting next to him were both golhaas. Such suspicion was not new to me. I was “warned” the same the other day in another cafe frequently visited by supporters of “Vathan Edheygotha” (Pulse of the Nation). This was also not the first time – it has been an experience that I go through often.

This evening I was also with a different group of people I knew well, and one of them pointed out to the rest that I am an MDP sympathiser. That I am going around advocating for “Pulse of the Nation”. This was also not the first time. Quite a few other people who (thought they) knew me also told me how taken up by Anni I am.

It is funny, how this labelling must go on! It is sad that independent minds cannot be tolerated in this country. As one person pointed out, you have to be either black or white – because the mental attitude of the common man is “you are either with us or against us”.

Heh he… Smile


3 responses to “To THINK: A sin in democracy …the Maldivian Style

  1. Stable thinking process

    October 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    The public are going through a tough time to digest the plethora of news that are bombarded via various channells such as internet blogs,multiple tv channells,newspapers,street..etcBut what I have discovered is that ‘I have heard so and so is selling drugs’ type of speculative stories are far more popular than issues which have occurred in broad day light and have been witnessed by all

  2. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Those who label people as Golhaas , quite often end up us as double agents.Referring to FRESCO , a breeding ground for the SPIES.for example look at the mohamed (mezzo) or infresco terms Kalhu GOlhaa , the reality is he still playing for ADAM , though many don’t realize.Barrack Hossein Obama

  3. JPM

    October 20, 2008 at 3:54 am

    You hit it right on the mark shihab!It is inconceivable for some that there could be people who seek to objectively shed some insight into the current political atmosphere, and hopefully contribute their two cents worth- without these persons being somehow affiliated with or against one school of thought or the other..The capacity for intellectual discourse is lacking, and our social cohesion is, it would appear, still based on primitive analogies of "either you're with us or you're with them"….Non-partisan independent institutions are lacking, and the realization that they are an integral cog in the political & social machinery that forms a 'Democracy' is also lacking…This country, this Capital City could very well be a psychologists/social scientists ideal playground…there is no model for such a human habitat, except maybe the slums in Brazil or Bangladesh (with a few flashy imported items added for color) ; hundreds of thousands cramped into a 3km island, trying and utterly failing to emulate an already inherently flawed system for the government of itself.We are at a Trial & Error stage at the moment 🙂

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