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Challenges for today’s children

Today we live our lives with new found freedoms. It is what we achieved through vast sacrifices by individuals and groups later backed by well meaning sympathisers of human rights and democracy.

We have transformed from a society in the shackles of a mass collective mindset controlled by a dictator to one of beauty in the harmony of diversity which promote nirvana.

We wanted a decent life, free from oppression, absent of fear, and trickled with abundance and prosperity. That was our wish. We delegated our responsibility for this daunting task, to people who struggled for us and stoop up to oppression.

They embraced the new found responsibility a source of great opportunity and means to better themselves, their kins and their masters and soldiers. The people became an instrument of power and not the source of power. Power became a right of the servants of the ruled.

Confused? Yes, that is exactly what seems to have happened to the people. The people they entrusted their well being with seem to be good at two things – cutting deals to protect their interests; and fabricating lies that are sensational, to maximise their benefits.

Amidst all the drama and the confusion, children are watching it all. Sometimes the fanatics also actively engage children to maximise numbers and to indoctrinate children to be future active devotees of the cults.

Children grow up surrounded by role models whose success formula us arrogance, unreasonableness and complete disrespect for anyone except thyself. They see that the beauty of freedom and liberty is to have no bounds. Nirvana to them is complete pleasure and it has no values. The society they exist in have no social fabric.

AND. And, and… the bastards who claim they know everything, when it comes to children, they expect the children to be exactly like the saints of yesteryears – pure and respectful and dignified [whatever that means!] and peace loving.

Strong words, Yes! Wrong attitude, Yes! – that is what we need to equip children with, if they are to survive in this country as adults tomorrow.

Get Lost! [heybayyaa rakkaavey! – “thank you” in the new dictionary to initiated by Maldives parliament]

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Posted by on June 26, 2012 in Society


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Freedom of Movement and Democracy

Fisheries Minister Ahmed Shafeeu obstructed by a group of islanders from getting on to Kolamaafushi. | via Sun Online

The local media reported today that a group of islanders have obstructed the Minister of Fisheries from getting on to Kolamaafushi, an island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll. The minister is reported to have gone to the island along with the Cabinet Secretary of President Mohamed Waheed Hassan’s government. The cabinet secretary Dr. Abdulla Nazeer is from the island.

The minister is said to have been later allowed onto the island after the Dr. Nazeer negotiated with the group of islanders. However, other members of the minister’s entourage were not allowed onto the island.

Maldivians have a new constitution, which they believe have given them unprecedented freedoms and liberty to do whatever they wish without bounds. Political parties deem it fit to take the new found liberty to their own hands as they see fit. In essence, there are no courts or law enforcement agencies who can check the free will of the people who chose to observe their own version of vigilante justice.

Maldivians are tribal by natural selection and design. That had been the tradition of the forefathers who had lived on these islands. The true history has however been successfully buried along with the rest, by social engineers who thought they would bury it forever. The liberties of a constitutional monarchy, a monarchy style presidential form of government, and later a liberal democracy have manifested the true character and tribal nature of the giant within.

Values that give distinction to civilized cultures are alien to Maldivians in general. Such things as dialogue, civilized conversation and argument are second place to the more respected art of arrogance and unreasonableness. Reasoning and logic are non-existent.

It is against this backdrop that the treatment of those like Fisheries Minister Shafeeu, and of President Nasheed and President Waheed, by the “democracy loving” and “annihilate-the-rest believing” hooligans who brave the islands can be understood.

Maldives has been known to those who have not lived here as a paradise on Earth. It is however, the most scariest dwelling on earth for those who are compelled to make a living on its capital Male’ which hold a third of the population of the country. It is a concrete jungle which is more like a constructions site, with the roads a resembling a huge vehicle deport. Young people who have no value of human life roam the streets. They will blame that on the higher ups who dwell on lawlessness as a means to prosperity.

The challenge of overcoming tribalism in the Maldives is going to take decades. Overcoming tribalism and removing the public from the slavery of the monarchical clans is going to take ages.


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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Society


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Democracy and Children in Maldives

My #DQT moment today was with a child. In a #heart2heart conversation that we had, the child said that grown ups were all the same. That we were too preoccupied with politics all the time. The child said that we grown ups always talk about their party and the other party and the leaders they love and the leaders they hate. That grown ups were corrupting the minds of young people. This when asked, what friends of the same age thought of politics and who they supported.

According to the child they had no leaders they liked. They made fun of the leaders and one another. To them, once elected to leadership positions what they were concerned about was only how to get things better for them, and getting higher paying jobs for their family and friends.

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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Society


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