Bharati commentators and analysts refer to the Maldives as if it was a Bharati state. For decades the Maldives was considered almost a part of Bharat. However, in the past two decades things have dramatically changed. First of all, it is possibly the only country in the world with population comprised of 100% Muslims, and a determination of the previous government to keep it that way.
The Muslims of Maldives are sick and tired of the interference from the larger neighbor. When the previous president tried to veer an independent course, Bharat finagled a rigged election and emplaced a pro-Bharati puppet called “Nasheed”.
It didn’t quite work out too well for “Nasheed”. Within a few months pro-Gayoom (previous president) forces took over the government and got rid of Nasheed in a bloodless non-coup.
This came a big shock to Nasheed.
After his removal Nasheed hoped for an Bharati imposed election.
Nasheed faces some formidable forces. Nor only are the armed forces not on his side, but the judiciary also dislikes him–because of his actions against them. Nasheed had overreached subsequently in arresting the chief criminal judge Abdulla which finally resulted in Nasheed’s removal.
The current post-Nasheed government is full of Gayoom forces representing the true will and grit of the people of Maldives.
- Dunya Maumoon – Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Gayoom’s daughter)
Ghassan Maumoon- Minister of State for Human Resources (Gayoom’s son)
Abdul Samad Abdulla – Minister of Foreign Affairs (PPM member)
Abdulla Jihad – Minister of Finance and Treasury (Gayoom’s former Finance Minister)
Mohamed Waheed Deen – Vice President (Gayoom’s former Attorney General)
Azima Shakooru – Attorney General (former Attorney General under Gayoom in 2007)
Mohamed Husain Sharif Mundu – Minister of Youth Affairs (PPM Spokesperson)
Ismail Shafeeu – CoNI co-chair (Gayoom’s former Minister of Defence and National Security)
Ahmed Mujuthaba – Mediator in all-party talks (Gayoom’s former Minister of Tourism)
(Sources: SA Global Affairs, Minivan News)
Bharat is jittry for several reasons–mostly because China with Pakistan’s help seems to be getting a hold on Maldives. Gayoom was invited to Delhi and was met by senior leaders including the Prime Minister. The Indian base will be canceled. The Bharati Defence Minister A.K.Antony who made a visit to Maldives last month pointedly avoided meeting Nasheed.
Trouble is expected between the two states if the GMR agreement on the expansion of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport is scuttled. There is intense internal pressure from within the Maldivian government to change the terms of the contract.
Senior Chinese officials have been visiting Maldives and Pakistan’s influence non-existent two decades ago is very vibrant in Maldivian affairs. Hundreds of Maldivian students have gone to Pakistan and the Tableeghi Jamaat is very active in the Maldives.
Rupee News has recommended that all Maldivians be given Pakistani citizenship. When and if the islands go under sea the Maldivians can move to Pakistan. In the meantime, Pakistan should be given access to Maldivian islands to build bases and airports.