Wednesday, November 5, 2008

2008: The Year of Change

This is the year Barack Hussein Obama, the first afro-american to ever win the presidency of the United States, gave the message "Change; Yes We Can". A truely historic moment in the history of the United States and the world, as the policies of the government of USA have an adverse effect on all nations as a whole.

This is also the year Maldivians felt a sense of freedom never experienced in the last three decades of oppression and injustice. The infamous Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom have been democratically removed from power after a 30 year autocrat rule of this tropical island nation. The Republic of Maldives as most of us Maldivians know, have never been a 'republic' until this year when the corrupt regime of Maumoon and his Dhivehi Rayyithunge' Party - a.k.a Dhivehi Rudinge' Party, lost in the first ever multi-party election held in Maldives. We saw the wily old spider stripped from his web of corruption and greed spun out of all the lives of us Maldivians. Instead of going down like a cornered badger, we saw him trying to redeme himself and appear all noble and humble, acceptiing defeat and impying that he is demonstrating the ultimate example of democracy, HAH! As if he had a choice!!

We will not forget all the injustices we have felt and experienced all these years. I myself remember the feel of hand cuffs being cut into the skin, although I was not prisoned for any political issue. We will not forget even though we heed our president-elect Anni. This is not a Star Wars movie where you could just turn from the Darkside to the Light. President Maumoon will not go down as the Father of Democracy as he is trying to be, he will always be in the eyes of us most Maldivians - The Father of Corruption and Deciet.

Fifteen years ago, when I was in 7th grade in Majeediyya school, me and my group of friends used to fanatsise about a day when Maumoon will be driven out of power. We dreamt and fantasised. We had a band called Fake Blood I remember, we wrote a song called "Puppet" dedicated to the corrupt Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom. As I remember this is how it goes...

"A Puppet us holding the strings
.....
.....
.....we'll let him fly , and then we'll shoot him down.
..and bring down from the sky yeah...
....he's a puppet!"

Or some such bullshit,... :S

1 comment:

shazanmeister said...

i just could not help but remember Dhohokobe. His whole career and music was killed by Maumoon when he said he wanted to see a future with out Maumoon. I bet he dreamt and fantasized too. I wish he was here to see this.