Maldives reaffirms ‘India First’ Policy

History is witness to a cruel, rather a beneficial, fact that even most hated dictatorships have expiry dates. The Indian Ocean archipelago nation Maldives has just experienced this inexorable play of fate in its very recent history.

Till ousted, President Abdullah Yameen tormented his political opponents, either jailing or banishing them to foreign shores, in a script akin to the tin-pot dictators of Africa. The comparison will be complete when one factors into account his latest penchant for Chinese political system – the everlasting breeding ground for dictatorships.

Under President Yameen, Maldives witnessed one of the most tumultuous periods in its relations with India. His closeness to China was well known but shunning all political and diplomatic niceties to maintain requisite balance is what irked New Delhi and discomforted the countries in the region.

He openly acted as a Chinese stooge and relentlessly targeted India’s strategic interests-left, right and centre. His diktat to India to take back three naval helicopters gifted to the island earlier, repeated ad nausea was disgusting.  Read More

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