The real threat
I agree with most of what Asna Ali has written in her article ‘Fall of the MDP’. However, I want to add a point to the reasons she gave for Mohamed Nasheed’s downfall. It was the kind of money spent by his rivals in their election campaigns. Nasheed is among the few sane voices that we are left with in the Maldives. Had he been allowed to rule the country, he’d have definitely put it on the road to progress. His efforts to raise awareness of climate change and its dire consequences for the archipelago were known to all.
Do we hear about this issue anymore? There is hardly any mention of it. Instead, what we hear about all the time is the aid received from a ‘brother’ Islamic country to build mosques on every island, news about raids on parties and arrest of people on the allegations of unlawful activities. These are issues that should bother us the least. Most important is the risk posed to the Maldives by environmental degradation. Does anyone care?