Maldives in Trouble due to mixing of religion and politics

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Maldives in Trouble due to mixing of religion and politics

Post by rawemotions on Tue May 03, 2011 2:17 am


http://southasiaanalysis.org/%5Cpapers45%5Cpaper4459.html

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An interesting titbit, apparently in Egypt, stones were thrown at El-baradei when he went to vote in Egypt in the referendum (for amendments to the constitution, which he opposed). El-Baradei was the recongnized head, of the so-called opposition alliance that took on Hosni Mubarak.

Wonder what kind of democracy is going to emerge in Egypt ?

Apparently it is already worse in Maldives, where the so-called Gayoom that India feted repeatedly was apparently some kind of Zia-ul-Haq, who allegedly radicalized Maldives.

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Re: Maldives in Trouble due to mixing of religion and politics

Post by rawemotions on Tue May 03, 2011 2:20 am

Sorry, I forgot to include the excerpts

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The prevailing climate of fear prevents legitimate questions about the involvement of ‘religious' NGOs in terrorist activities, and their role in promoting violent rhetoric, child abuse and abuse of women from being widely asked.

The few remaining liberals who dare raise these issues are confronted with reactions that range from the bizarre to the comedic.


In May 2010, the Adhaalath Party posted an article on its website with the fantastic claim that Minivan News was promoting ‘lesbianism' and ‘national sissyness'.

The incredible claim, unfortunately, is symptomatic of a society where discussions are quickly ended by painting feminists as ‘lesbians' and unilaterally declaring secular opponents as ‘atheists' and ‘Zionists' – a society characterised by paranoia, fear-mongering and dysfunction in the name of religion. In other words, a society where democracy cannot survive.

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One prays for the sake of Egypt's rich civilization that their hopes for democracy do not get consumed by the petty fires set by self-appointed representatives of God.

The ancient Nile, after all, bears witness to a long chain of mortals who assumed the mantle of religion, only to end up mistaking themselves for God.

The Indian Ocean doesn't.

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Re: Maldives in Trouble due to mixing of religion and politics

Post by charvaka on Tue May 03, 2011 2:28 am

Gayoom was a dictator, and like Zia the dictator, he used radical Islam as an easy tool with which to distract his people from his corruption and despotism.

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