Monday, January 17, 2011

The end of Indian hegemony in the Maldives

Maldives is a country that is 100% Muslim. After Saudi Arabia, the Maldives is the only nation that has a 100-percent Muslim population. More than 300,000 people in the Maldives, an Asian Ocean archipelago with 1,192 islets. The country is is located 435 miles southwest of Sri Lanka and all its nationals are Sunni.

Nearly one-third of the Maldivians live in the capital city of Malé. maldives is the richest country in South Asia in terms of GDP per head. The Maldives has widespread internet access and the people are very aware of world events. feelings of solidarity with the Palestinians and the Kashmiris run deep.

However due to its proximity with the regional hegemon, Bharat, it faces tremendous interference from Delhi. The last Maldives president had allowed China to build a base in the Maldives, however he was removed from office in a non-military coup which placed a Bharati hand-picked puppet in the Maldives presidency.
There is ubiquitous opposition to Mr. Delhi puppet Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, but he clings to power with draconian measures against all Muslim organizations who want Maldives as an independent and Muslim country.

Mr Yameen the incarcerated leader of the Opposion says he is not willing to hold any talks with the governing puppets of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) until he is released, and says he will only agree to “reasonable” requests.
The Maldives voted for a presidential system in a referendum in 2007, with the then opposition MDP campaigning for a parliamentary system. the new president has acted as if he he is running a dictatorship.

A strong current of Anti-Indianism runs through the Maldives, and most Muslims of the country do not like Delhi or its puppets in the presidency. The Heritage Foundation in the 2011 Index of Economic Freedom report produced by the Wall Street Journal ranks the Maldives has as one of the world’s most economically-repressed countries. Most Maldivians blame India and Najeeb for this low ranking.

Read more from Time of Bombay

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