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An alternative view point: Let us use our freedom wisely
By Fathimath Rasheedha, Wednesday 14th July 2004
Many believe that one's political thoughts and convictions are formed by unpleasant experiences and not convictions. If this is to be true for all reformists, then the case for reform must be buried under a concrete slab as soon as possible. To present such a case would only result in causing more unpleasantness for people who will in turn become active reformists for the wrong reasons.
Reform has to be brought because of our convictions. Our arguments have to be based on sound logical reasoning instead of personal vendettas. Our actions have to mirror those arguments and they have to be reasonable and legal. Our proposals should be in parallel with those actions that has to fit within the guidelines of acceptable and respectable behaviour.
I find it very disturbing when people who are active in pro-reform movements fail to show basic courtesy to their political opponents. The best art of defeating an opponent in a debate is to do it while showing respect to his/her opinion. If we let ourselves express abusive language and perform in a threatening manner then it is our opponents who will score marks no matter how valid our arguments are. Actions will always speak louder than words. And perhaps, ironically, that is why many feel the need to take some kind of action, or any kind of action, to express their long held frustrations. However, it is this very action that we have to think most carefully about.
We do not have to create havoc in a gathering or out on the streets to make our point of view heard. Simple actions often lead to far better results. There is much that can be accomplished within the little freedom we have. So let us use the few bubbles of freedom of air before someone decides to burst them too. Let us write to our elected MP's about our concerns. Let us visit them in their offices and homes. Let us be in touch with all parliamentarians. Let us deprive them of the opportunity to say that they did not hear us calling when Allah the Almighty asks them to explain their actions on the day of judgement.
Remember, we need to be here tomorrow to continue this struggle. We cannot afford to get locked up and breathe our last breather of air.
© Dhivehi Observer 2004