A state funeral will be accorded to Late President Nasir (1926 – 2008). His body was brought to Male’ this afternoon and received by President Nasheed and his cabinet, state dignitaries and well wishers who turned out in large numbers. The event was telecast live on state television TVM.
People continue to queue up in large numbers in the rain to give their last respects to Late President Nasir, who chose not to visit the country ever in his lifetime after he left the country in December 1978 after handing over power to President Gayoom.
The state television has been broadcasting a live event throughout the day, with snapshots of the numerous services of President Nasir including his efforts to get independence from the British, economic and social development including the introduction of English medium education, tourism, mechanized fishing dhonis, an international airport, the then prestigous national shipping line, state TV and radio, membership of international bodies, establishing the first Atoll Education Centre or the introduction of modern schooling to the atolls and many more.
Residents of Thinadhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll protested the flying of national flag at half mast. They protest saying that the several people who were murdered under the regime of President Nasir must be mourned before mourning the death of Late President Nasir.
It will be up to the historians of the new democratic Maldives to give two sides of the story to the future generations of Maldives. We have a tradition of deleting parts of history that do not fit the whims of the government of the day!
Late President Nasir’s funeral will take place after the Early Morning Prayers on 24th November 2008, Monday.
November 26, 2008 at 10:35 pm
Nasir is a dictator and a killer of many people during the two Buraasfathi and Addoo Gadbadu and Thinadhoo Bagaawath. His services to build this nation cannot erase this truth. He is to be awarded for his detailed oversight of all the development. Same way his part in the activities of the Chief Torturer Abdul Hannan of his regime should also be recgonized.
November 25, 2008 at 6:58 pm
Nasir pwned the lazy whiners who’d rather laze around under brit protection – for this achievement, we should be congratulating the guy for doing the Right Thing ™. They deserved it for being lazy.He made the people work for the betterment of the nation, instead of importing foreign labour. If he had led his leadership for yet another 30 years, Maldives would be a major port-of-call. Instead, here we are roiling in poverty, pinned down by primitive infrastructure and drug problems.And all the thanks he got for laying down the solid foundations of a great state was to be called everything from “money filching dictator” to “cruel tyrant.”
November 24, 2008 at 6:29 pm
If H. E. hadn’t reclaimed Thinadhoo and finally Addu, what would have happened to its dwellings? Same fate as Palestine after the British left in haste? Same fate as Chagoans of Deigo Garcia? Think about it.
November 24, 2008 at 3:43 am
Deleting parts of the history, Lol. Tell me about it.