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HulhuMale, Nasir International Airport”

Ibrahim Nasir was the one who had the vision to build an airport at Hulhule Island. Just as he introduced modern fisheries and modern tourism to the country, Nasir built our first airport through vision, hard work and proper planning. For this reason it is most appropriate that Male International Airport be renamed after Nasir. We are all familiar with the Kennedy Airport in the US and the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. Why not Nasir International Airport in the Maldives?

 

As a nation we collectively betrayed former President, the late Nasir. Gayyoom was the one who vilified and mocked Nasir. He misled us into doing this cruel act. When the new government of Nasheed got the chance to repair some of the damage, the government showed courage and humbleness in offering Nasir a state funeral. Following are some points that we can ponder after a sad goodbye to a national hero.

 

1. Rename the Sultan Park as “Nasiriyya Park”!

Remove the boundary wall of Sultan Park, landscape the park and make it a central park with free access to people. This is an area frequented by tourists with close proximity to the new National Museum as well. Also include at least one newspaper-stand which sells magazines, light snacks and soft drinks in the park. We can then rename the park as “Nasiriyya Park”!

 

2. Rename the park where Nasir is buried as “Nasir Gulzar”!

President Nasir is buried inside the small park at the eastern end of the old Friday Mosque (Hukuru Miskth). It would be most appropriate to name this small park as “Nasir Gulzar”!

 

3. Name the office building being built at Velaanaage as “Velaanaa Building”!

Velaanaage is ex-president Nasir’s own house. But Gayyoom virtually banished Nasir from the country in 1978. Nasir had to spend the last 30 years of his life in exile, in Singapore. During this period Gayyoom confiscated Nasir’s house (Velaanaage) and is now building an office block at the site. The 15-storey office block being built at Velaanaage can now be renamed, most appropriately, as “Velaanaa Building”.

 

4. Rename the Hulhule airport as “Nasir International Airport”

Ibrahim Nasir was the one who had the vision to build an airport at Hulhule Island. Just as he introduced modern fisheries and modern tourism to the country, Nasir built our first airport through vision, hard work and proper planning. For this reason it is most appropriate that Male International Airport be renamed after Nasir. We are all familiar with the Kennedy Airport in the US and the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka. Why not Nasir International Airport in the Maldives?

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Taken on August 16, 2011