The successful completion of Formula One Grand Prix was solid proof that Bahrain’s economy is reviving and its security is promising.
In previous years, during this time, the mainstream media and anti-Bahrain campaigners were busy criticising the government for its handling of the alleged human rights abuses, using the opportunity to raise issues pertaining to Bahrain.
This year it seems they have exhausted all their options and smear campaigns and it is definitely for good reasons.
There is a possibility that they have understood that all propaganda against the kingdom was baseless and fabricated. It appears also that they have realised the progress achieved by the government in addressing the alleged human rights abuses and steps taken to correct the mistakes in a transparent way which have gained international recognition and respect.
The success of F1 also comes at a time when His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa received the prestigious ‘Flame of Peace Award,’ the first Arab leader to receive such an award. The award speaks volumes regarding the working of the government with respect to humanitarian assistances, promotion of peace, tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
Last week, the Premier won another award. It was the Excellence in Leadership Award – 2016 bestowed upon him by the Geneva based International Federation of Training and Development Organisation. (GDN, March 23).
These awards are pieces of evidence given by international and neutral bodies with no political affiliations. Their testimony reflects the reality on the ground, appreciating the leadership and has sent a strong message to the world that the government indeed is progressing and maintains high standards in the field of human rights.
The leadership and the people of Bahrain commit themselves to such values. The world, particularly the mainstream media, appear to be very late to recognise these core social values.
The combination of the two events – the Grand Prix and the awards bestowed upon the Prime Minister have improved the image of Bahrain at international level and gave a staggering blow to anti-government campaigners and so called human rights organisations that sympathise with them. There is no doubt that reform is going on and progress is inevitable.