Bahrain has been my home for almost a decade now. I am, what I am today because of Bahrain and will be always grateful to this island. I do not have a Bahraini passport but I consider myself a part of it and Bahrain is my country as much as any local’s.
My parents have lived in other Middle Eastern countries and they’ve told me that the freedom and rights we have in Bahrain cannot be seen anywhere else. Forget about Middle East. My passport is Indian, the world’s largest democracy, and yet I feel safe, secure and happy only in Bahrain. I’m saying this after experiencing life in India from 2007 to 2010. Our country, Bahrain, is blessed with intellectual rulers who think about the long term and make the wisest decisions. The Crown Prince is, according to me, the wisest person to rule this Kingdom.
Bahrainis have never discriminated against me nor have they ever made me feel that this is not my country. This island and its rulers are the epitome of patience. NO country as far as I know, provides housing for its citizens. All individuals work and build their own. Maybe this is too generous of our King. People here have misused the freedom. I was shocked to hear that protests were being held here. Just because they were held in Egypt? Did it become a fashion statement?
I live about 500m away from the Pearl Roundabout and was devastated to see it being turned into a dump yard. When I voice my opinion on Twitter, the protesters have argued with me for more than three hours saying that they were “peaceful”. Now that I have the media to back my arguments, no one wants to watch them. Truth hurts? They demand the right to live with dignity. WHEN have they been insulted? I have lived here for so long and I cannot tell the difference between a Sunni and a Shi’ite. I have Shi’ite friends who oppose the protests but cannot voice their opinion.
Protesters are angry that they’re not given employment. Yeah, they would have been employed if they had attended educational institutions instead of burning tires. Looking at the situation now, thank God the government didn’t employ Shi’ites into the army or else they would have turned against the government instead of fight for it. I believe that the till the religious leaders are into politics no country can improve. Religion is something private and sacred to every individual. It should not be preached or forced onto anyone.
It is beyond me why reputed news channels like BBC and CNN are portraying our King as the ‘bad guy’. Either they want to make news that sell, their reporters are under-qualified or they’re being paid by someone to report this news. I have no idea. Many expatriates have already left the island after attacks. This further reduces the economic development.
I always have and always will support the Al-Khalifas. I know that whatever they do, they’ll have a reason for it. I thank them for deploying the army and police at the roundabout before more expatriates and police could have been murdered. We want you to know that we’re with you all the way. Please bring back peace to our beautiful Bahrain so all of us can get on with our lives. I wish to serve this country till my last breath. Please do not take my desire away from me.”
It’s almost been a year that I have been witnessing what I wrote. I have experienced LOT after that. We are fed up of everything the protesters are doing. The horrific scenes I see on TV of policemen being attacked with molotovs and iron rods is just very ANTI human rights (what they are apparently fighting for). The iron rods had gone THROUGH the hands of the policemen. I felt sick looking at the images. They had turned the national government hospital into their base to hide weapons. Every day they burn tires and protests causing traffic and pollution and making the life of the residents chaotic.
I can now (in-diplomatically) say that I genuinely HATE the protesters here for ruining everything we had on this beautiful island.