Anti-India editorial under fire from Maldives opposition

Anti-India editorial under fire from Maldives opposition
December 20 16:19 2017

The joint-opposition coalition has condemned a pro-government news website for attacking India’s prime minister and promoting anti-India sentiments.

The editorial, published in Vaguthu, was titled “India is not a best friend, but an enemy!” and said the way India treated the Maldives had changed despite the “heart-to-heart” relationship the two countries had traditionally enjoyed.

India now viewed the Maldives with “envy, full of self-interest and hostility” the editorial read.

Relations between the two countries have been in the spotlight since the Maldives signed a massive free trade agreement with China, apparently catching India off guard. Articles in Chinese state media, taking a swipe at New Delhi, have stirred things up as has Malé’s decision to suspend three councillors for meeting India’s ambassador to the Maldives.

A statement released on the MDP website Tuesday described Vaguthu as a “mouthpiece of President Yameen whose editorials are routinely approved by the President’s Office prior to publication.”

Two former  presidents – Mohamed Nasheed and Maumoon Abdul Gayoom – condemned the article.

“Outrageous!” said Gayoom on Twitter. “No Maldivian in his right mind would subscribe to such views. India has been and remains a very close and trusted friend of Maldives.”

Nasheed tweeted: “Strongly condemn anti-India diatribe in regime mouthpiece Vaguthu. Prez YAG’s reckless foreign policy is destroying our relationship with India. Maldives must be sensitive to India’s security and safety.”

The article accused India of violating international law in Kashmir and being Islamophobic towards India’s Muslim population. It went on to describe Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an “extremist Hindu” with a history of carrying out  extreme actions against Muslims.

India was envious of the Maldives for several reasons, said the editorial, such as its increased relations with China.

The editorial said it was time for the Maldives to find a new best friend to work with on the international stage.

The Maldives is the only South Asian neighbour that Modi has yet to visit since assuming office in 2014.

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3 Comments

  1. luci
    December 20, 19:36 #1 luci

    We understand china is your new best friend.Please atleast shut the petty religious garb for china flushing your dictator with cash.We may be having some problems but there’s no way in a billion plus population everything will be all right.But we think you will find conditions in Xinyang amazing.We would love to have good relations with Male people and always remember India is always closer than China.

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  2. 100%Hindu
    December 21, 23:35 #2 100%Hindu

    The anti India editorial in the rag Vaguthu is shocking and will not go unnoticed in New Delhi. The arrogance of you small islanders is truly amazing. Its like the ant threatening the elephant. The future doesn’t look good for you poppets.
    Let us hope you don’t run out of food and drinking water anytime soon. Oops is that a tsunami on the horizon?
    Keep the phone lines to Beijing open.

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