|President with his Keeper and Guardian David Hardingham|
(Private meeting on the strategy)
Life has become an uphill battle for the embattled, tired and mistake prone President of Maldives. Official Press Secretary’s efforts to Damage control are not meeting up to expectations. The Blasphemous statements about Islam, war with the voters over religious pluralism, and broken promises about an El-Dorado destiny under his rule have embattled and plagued the President well into his third year in office.
In an inspirational letter to President Nasheed of Maldives, David Hardingham expresses his aspirations to have the monumental Islamic Center blown-up and a Cathedral built in its place; "which would be a sitting monument to a place where your own dear father (Kerafa Abdul Sattar) lingered as a prisoner many years ago". Such were the words on the letter from Mr. David Hardingham now Honorary Consul of the Maldives in Salisbury, classmate and “Keeper” of Mohamed Nasheed.
It is evident from the Hardingham letter that talks did take place about introduction of religious pluralism and constitutionally allow a multi-religious society in Maldives. In so doing, Mr. Nasheed has effectively mislead the church and lied to Hardingham as he has to the people of Maldives. Given the reality that Nasheed succession to President of Maldives was funded by the Salisbury Church not without conditions, if he fails to erect the Cathedral during this next one year and six months left of his first term, would he be able to get elected for another term in office to fulfill the promise to his financiers?
MDP insiders believe Nasheed has lost integrity, and is not re-electable. Few family and die hard Anni supporters believe otherwise. In a time when the Maumoon Comeback Campaign is catching momentum at an alarming rate, and the Maldivian society is clearly discontent over President Nasheed’s Blasphemous statements towards islam, increasing number of citizens are associating Nasheed to Mr. Salman Rushdie.
It is not possible for the President to live up to promises he made or to the expectations of the Salisbury Church, given the fact that his popularity rating in Maldives has fallen to an all-time low. It would be interesting to know where his loyalty will lie. Is it to the voters or the financiers? The majority of the voters believe President Nasheed conspired against the people and the constitution of Maldives, and came to power with financial support from the Salisbury Church that is now pulling strings on him. No sympathies and no love lost.