Explained: What Is Happening Between India And Maldives?

The India-Maldives relationship holds strategic importance within the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), contributing to initiatives like ‘SAGAR’ and aligning with India’s ‘Neighbourhood First Policy.’ However, tensions arose when Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu urged India to withdraw its military presence from the archipelago, emphasizing the need for a normal state-to-state relationship.

President Muizzu’s approach was praised by Chinese state media, Global Times, ahead of his planned visit to China, highlighting the evolving dynamics in the region.

The controversy triggered a response from Indian celebrities, athletes, and business figures on social media platforms like X. Personalities such as Akshay Kumar, PV Sindhu, and others expressed their interest in exploring Indian islands, especially Lakshadweep. This sentiment led to a trend on X with #ExploreIndianIslands, while some Indians reportedly canceled holiday bookings in the Maldives, as shared in trending screenshots. The incident underscores the impact of diplomatic developments on public sentiment and travel choices.

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