New Delhi: Initially in support of the coup in Maldives, India has now changed it's position and wants early elections in the island nation. But initially, the speed with which the largest democracy in the world abandoned the youngest democracy in Maldives has left many bewildered. what has prompted this change?
When Mohammed Nasheed became the first democratically elected president of the Maldives, he opened the doors for New Delhi like never before. The GMR got the contract to rebuild the international airport, prompting religious extremists calling for Nasheed's head.
But more important, after trying in vain for 3 decades, India had finally got a strategic foothold in the Indian Ocean. In an exclusive security arrangement with India, Nasheed allowed Delhi to install coastal radars on all 26 atolls. This coastal radar chain was networked into the Indian coastal radar system. India permanently based two helicopters to enhance surveillance and speed up its ability to respond to threats....more
09:55 AM, Feb 19, 2012
New Delhi: India has pledged support to new Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed who spoke with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on telephone on Wednesday and sought a meeting with him, a day after the dramatic regime change in the archipelago nation. "Waheed spoke to Manmohan Singh to reaffirm the close ties between the two countries. (He) said he looked forward to an early opportunity of meeting the prime minister," the Prime...
04:51 PM, Feb 08, 2012