Friday, November 28, 2008

Personal Departure (for real)

It's never easy to say good bye to somethings. Things that you have worked hard for and some environments. However there comes a time when you should always move on and say bye. I guess that time is here for me too.

I want to get back to working in Male' and involve myself with some personal projects. Working in Hulhumale' for almost 4 years never been easy. Staying away from Male' puts you in a lot of disadvantage. I've managed to live with them and have got used to it too but I think I sacrifice a lot of things as well. Got some few projects lined up and I think it's time to take them up.

I think I need to start planing to get things sorted in a month or two. Kinda feeling all excited and geared up.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Whats Next?

The past few months everyday it's was about politics. I think it's time for me to put the focus back to work and other responsibilities. I guess we need to give the new incoming government time for them to prove themselves. I won't be expecting for things to change overnight. There is firstly a lot of cleanup's to be done.

Best thing for someone like me would be to get focus back to my work and contribute where I can. If I face any difficulties in my field or area of interest raise it. The government involvements in some key areas of my interest is essential and I plan to seek to fix them to the best of my abilities. A lot of help an attention is needed, but so is for a lot of areas. This is the challenge. First to get attention, then to get them involved. We also might need to create some pressure/focus groups who agrees on certain common things before anything. My view is that the involvement of individuals from the private sectors is really important. One good example is the IT areas, I believe and it's proven that the government lacks enough expertise and experience in these areas. Contributions from the experience of the private sectors will definitely make a difference. Until today this was never done. As a result we saw that the very basic things like our national registration data was in a big mess. We would have easily automated the whole process of voting, etc. My fear is if the incoming government would ignore these factors and would only try to bring in consultants from outside the country. This is something I support, however I feel local involvements along with these consultants will only be the key to success of such projects.

In the political arena as I posted previously the tables have turned. I guess we should leave DRP and the other opposition to criticize/joke, write songs, make web sites, etc. Let them focus on individuals and us on a system. I think only a few of them will really want to contribute (hope that changes). But that is good, we really need an opposition to have a proper democracy, they are as important as the ruling party. Our focus should be on improving things and to reach to that common dream we have. We have the advantage of the bitter experiences from the past and the willingness to improve and help.

Though the change is here we must not forget what we stood up for. We should never try to be like "them". We should always stand up against things like cronyism, nepotism this leads to corruption and division. The "aneh Dhivehi raaje" is not here yet, even though a lot of us say "Welcome to aneh Dhivehi raaje". My view is it is still a dream that we need to work for and archive.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Le Roi est mort, vive le Roi!

"The King is dead. Long live the King!" .... ? I hope not!, with that hope we voted. With that hope we stood up against the impossible. Today we made it, we made it because some people never gave up. Some people always believed in democracy and freedom. Most of all there were people who wanted a better life, and thought "enough is enough". I hope this dream lives on, nothing ended with winning the election. The journey to full fill those dreams just started. The delivery of those promises still remain.

It's time we individuals started to contribute where we can. It's time to move on from just criticizing to acting. Things don't change in a day or two, or even months. It will take us years to clean up and rebuild. If we expect that responsibility only to be taken up by a few individuals this is never gonna happen. As a nation we have to take that responsibility and each and every individual needs to understand this.

I feel the role of a responsible opposition party will play an major role. However that opposition party has to have good intentions, rather then just claiming power. It has to work for the people not a "few" individual interests. Presently some of us back different parties due to family ties or other reasons; it's never about the "people". This is the kind of thinking that we need to erase but it's never really going to get eliminated totally. We need to understand those facts too as we move on.

I wish the new government all the best and would like to remind them that things just got started. I am sure they understand this more then anyone of us. Personally like many people I hope we get a solution to the current housing issues. I feel this is one of the key factors. The previous government failed badly on us on this issue. Today some of us slave all day and the hard earned money is totally spend on accommodation while the others still have to share with the families. I don't think the previous government really cared for this; or maybe they took advantage of this point to earn money. Which ever way it was today I expect a "Change" to this. If not again we have to hit the streets shouting "Golhaaboa". I promise this will happen, at the same time I do not expect the solution to come to us overnight too.

To conclude for those who still think Anni "does not have the presidential looks or manners" I suggest that they also move the focus on his promises rather then his looks and what he eats and drinks. If still you feel how he looks like is an issue to you; you need help. Seriously I mean it, here we are struggling to survive: feed our kids and find shelter and there you are talking about some guys looks. Kind of odd don't you think?.