The Island President, muvie

A must watch movie..alrdy rockd the theatre…A human concern..A know how of politics.

What you think Politics can do ? and what it can hamper ?

A brief here…

The Maldives, a low-lying archipelagic republic in the Indian Ocean, is often described as one of the most beautiful places on Earth. “We dare you to come here and count exactly how many islands there are in the country,” the ministry of tourism’s website teases:

“They say that counting the islands including the sand spits is like trying to count how many stars there are in the sky! So, the commonly agreed upon figure of 1190 is but an approximation. These islands are grouped into natural atolls that are protected by surrounding reefs. The islands are of pure white coral sand are low lying, the highest point on any give island being no more than a meter and a half above sea level. Coconut palms and an abundance of tropical plants make these islands an idyllic place for your holiday if you want to see nature at its best.”

“Seeing nature at its best” appears to be the island nation’s chief selling point—appropriate, considering that tourism accounts for nearly 30% of the GDP, with green tourism being the front-and-center moneymaker. The islands are dotted with eco-friendly resorts, all of which fall in line with government plans to go completely carbon-neutral within the next decade.

Tourism aside, the islands are perhaps best known, somewhat morbidly, for their watery future. If sea levels continue to rise at the current rate, the Maldives is likely to be the first country rendered wholly uninhabitableby the effects of climate change. The government has famously floated plans for evacuating the entire population to Pakistan or Australia, in the event such destruction ever occurs.

For the time being, however, the Maldives is place for moneyed, environmentally conscious Westerners to holiday—Europe being the tourism ministry’s largest market for 2014.

Though keen on environmentalism, the Maldives is not a haven for progressive politics. Rather, the country is a tropical human-rights hell, a fact most recently highlighted by the sentencing of former president Mohamed Nasheed, its first democratically elected leader, to 13 years in prison on what many in the international community believe to be politically motivated charges.

The offence in question—the disputed detention of a high-ranking member of the Maldivian judiciary, absurdly classified as “terrorism”—dates back to before Nasheed’s ousting in a reported coup d’état in early 2012. The coup was generally believed to be orchestrated by his political opposition working together with the country’s security forces.

Sitting president Abdulla Yameen, whose office has publicly endorsed the sentencing, is also the half-brother of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, whose 30-year rule was interrupted by the 2008 election of Nasheed and his Maldivian Democratic Party (MPD). According to The Guardian:

“The political struggle in the island nation sets Nasheed, who has favored a pro-western foreign policy and launched efforts to counter growing local Islamic conservatism, against more rightwing elements, many close to the former regime.

These have frequently sought to portray Nasheed as a threat to ‘traditional Islamic values’ in the Maldives while favouring China in their foreign policy and the business community economically.”


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