I seriously call upon the management of VTV to conduct some training to improve the English language aptitude and translation skills, because I feel bad seeing reports being so off the mark from what people actually say. I'm sure it must have just been mistakes borne of ignorance and not intentional, because why will they want to distort news and misinform the public? *tongue in cheek* Why indeed? Tonight I was watching the news on VTV and there was a headline that claimed 'Indian government does not support MDP activities', but when they showed the news conference, what the Indian diplomat actually said was India will not direct any party to act in any way, and that applies across the board, to MDP as well. He added that to ask MDP to carry on with their activities was out of the question. Basically in a nutshell, Indian government does not wish to comment on the party activities, either to encourage or discourage. So VTV kind of got it so wrong, and its not the first time its happened.
Talking about India, how ugly, seriously UGLY, was the scene the new spokesperson Abbas made in front of the Indian Foreign Secretary at the all party talks. If I were Dr. Waheed, I'd have fired him right away out of sheer embarassment. Wait a minute. He can't. He admitted himself. He has no control over who's in the top posts of his government.
Anyway, I also watched a repeat of the Khabaru Therein program with Dr. Didi this afternoon. The presenter kept asking if Didi didnt think it was a problem that MDP has been holding continuous rallies at Raalhugandu area, obstructing people from going for evening rides 'haveeru fini buru' and all. Dr. Didi gave his answers, but if it were me, I'd stare at him mouth agape and eyes wide and ask, "You are worried about evening bike rides when a government has been overthrown by a coup? Thats what bugs you the most? Besides its mostly the youth who go for rides, and most of the youth are here protesting, so no we dont think its a problem". Then the guy was asking Dr Didi if he thought cooking and playing music and sleeping in tents was part of peaceful protesting. I'd say what else could it be? They must have some pretty serious grievances if they're leaving their own well stocked kitchens to come and cook at Raalhugandu. They must have some heavy stuff to protest about if they're leaving the comfort of their beds and couches to camp in tents at Raalhugandu. These people must be moved enough by something significant to spend day after day, night after night, protesting. Isnt that more of a relevant question? Why have people from all over Maldives come and camped here? Why have fishermen left their fishing boats, why have the farmers left their fields, why are office workers not worried about having to wake up early morning, whats everyone doing there, are they there for nothing? Because they dont have families, jobs, homes? Besides whats wrong with a lil music, bunch of people having a barbecue and socializing. This country could do with a bit more of that at the moment anyway.
Since I'm talking of TV channels I'll mention Rajje TV also. They're playing Dr. Hassan Saeed's leaked audio on loop. Its kind of funny. Well who am I kidding, its downright hilarious. That guy needs to hold his tongue. He did the same to Anni when he was appointed Anni's advisor. Now he's doing the same to poor Dr. Waheed, who made the same mistake and appointed him advisor again. There he goes, badmouthing Dr. Waheed, claiming he's the weakest, least prepared politician for the job etc etc. And they've been partners in crime for just three weeks. Niiiice. Talking of Hassan Saeed's leaked audio, something he said got me a lil heated up. He said this is a new kind of coup (well he did admit it was a coup, whatever kind it was) and it will make an interesting case study. I wanted to thump him on the head and shake him a bit. A case study? Seriously? This is your country you're talking about, your country that's falling apart and your people at each other's throats, powderface. This is more than a case study to us! Go do another doctorate, you and your party cohorts could do some more PhDs, perhaps write your thesis on how to bring about coup, how to torture and oppress your fellow citizens, how to kill democracy...you take your pick.
Well tomorrow's a bid day, and its late. Got to turn in for the night. But before I sign off, I'd like to say how much I enjoyed the Freedom Parade on 26th. The turnout was massive! I salute the youth who turned up with their tincans, their drums, their flags and ofcourse their unwavering spirit and enthusiasm. Saabahey Dhivehi zuvaanun! And I wasso impressed with the turnout at the ladies rallies, they've come out in droves. Saabahey anhen kanbalun :) I was so proud of everyone there, and so pleased to be a part of it. Nightynight people!