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What's driving the #boycottMaldives trend in India?

Numerous Indian tourists have opted to cancel their planned trips to the Maldives, expressing their dissatisfaction on various social media platforms. This decision came after three Deputy Ministers—Maryam Shiuna, Malsha Shareef, and Mahzoom Majid—from the Ministry of Youth Affairs in the Maldives made disparaging remarks about India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his recent visit to Lakshadweep.


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Prime Minister Modi's visit to Lakshadweep on January 2 and 3, primarily for inaugurating multiple projects and exploring the underwater life through snorkeling, attracted attention. He shared his experience on social media, praising the pristine beaches and encouraging adventure enthusiasts to consider adding Lakshadweep to their travel bucket lists.


The situation escalated when Mariyam Shiuna, the Maldives Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment, posted offensive comments on a social media platform, comparing India to cow dung in remarks directed at PM Modi. Moreover, another Deputy Minister named Rameez responded dismissively, downplaying India's competition with the Maldives and making critical comments about cleanliness standards.


Maldivian government responds!


In response, the Indian High Commission in the Maldives strongly addressed these disrespectful comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Maldivian Foreign Office. Consequently, the Maldivian government suspended the three Deputy Ministers involved in the controversy, amidst a wave of criticism and Indian tourists cancelling their Maldives hotel bookings.


In an attempt to control the fallout, the Muizzu government distanced itself from the remarks, emphasizing its commitment to freedom of expression while asserting that such personal opinions did not represent the official stance. Several prominent Maldivians, including former Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid and former President Mohamed Nasheed, condemned the comments, calling for government action to maintain decorum and disassociate from the disrespectful remarks. Former President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih also criticized the comments as "hateful."


 


 







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