The Maldives, which was once a friend of India, has now started hating India. Maldives is using the hashtag (#INDIA OUT) to express its anger towards India, because former President Abdulla Yameen is openly defaming India. Recently, President Mohammad Moise has promised to send back foreign forces, especially the Indian Army, as per the law. Maldives has made major attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi through social media.
The history of the Maldives is rich with India’s contributions to the country, from democracy to economy and GDP. Following the attacks by businessman Abdullah Luthuffi in 1988, President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom asked for military assistance from other countries, but all countries refused. However, Britain suggested seeking help from India and within 9 hours, Indian forces defeated Luthufi’s mercenaries, rescued the President and re-established democracy in the Maldives.
India plays an important role in the economy of Maldives, Indian tourists play an important role here. Maldives‘ GDP due to India is $6.1 billion. In 2018, India provided $1.4 billion in assistance for the socio-economic development of the Maldives. This amount is 25 percent of their total GDP of $6.1 billion. India has also provided humanitarian assistance to the Maldives, including Operation Neer in 2014, Operation Sanjeevani during the COVID pandemic and a 100-bed cancer hospital.
Despite these efforts, Maldives still faces challenges in maintaining its relations with India