Maldives: Ex-president, SC judges wished to overthrow authorities

Maldives: Ex-president, SC judges wished to overthrow authorities

But the Special Envoy would have told the Indian leaders how the Supreme Court's procedures and it orders to release top opposition leaders and reinstate unseated members of parliament, bristled with illegalities.

The former Maldives president, who is on self-exile after being allowed to leave jail for treatment overseas, has been highly critical of the Abdulla Yameen government's apparent laying down the red carpet for Chinese investment in the Indian ocean nation. This afforded him sweeping powers to send security forces into the Supreme Court building in the capital city of Male on Monday. Maldives would then become a plaything in the hands of the West and China, with India left to watch the proceedings from the sidelines, helplessly.

India had earlier described as a matter of "concern" the arrests of the chief justice and political figures there.

A former President of the Maldives and now the opposition's mascot, Nasheed had rather brazenly asked for a "military-backed" Indian diplomatic intervention. Instead, Yameen has shown interests in strengthening ties with China.

"We note that China has said that Maldives Government has the ability to protect the security of Chinese personnel and institutions in Maldives".

When Yameen visited Beijing in December, the two countries signed a free trade agreement that eliminates most tariffs on Maldivian exports, primarily fish, and opens the island nation to Chinese goods and services, including in finance, health care and tourism. If India one-sidedly sends troops to the Maldives, China will take action to stop New Delhi.


Though Nasheed's demand, couched diplomatically as a "humble request", has had no formal reaction from New Delhi, the Indian media and the "strategic experts" Delhi bristles with, are going to town seeking a military intervention a la Operation Cactus of 1988. Therefore, internal stability is not important just to Maldives, but also to the worldwide community, and most of all, to India.

Maldives has emerged as one of the most important neighbours of India in geo-strategic and economic terms.

"Until 2011, China didn't even have an embassy in the Maldives". These concerns get importance in the light of the fact that the November 2008 cross-border terrorist attack in Mumbai was made possible from across the sea.

A simmering political crisis in the Maldives, has evolved into a litmus test for foreign policy intentions in Asia.

It was in this context that the Indian Government issued a strong statement saying, "We are disturbed by the declaration of a state of Emergency in the Maldives following the refusal of the Government to abide by the unanimous ruling of the full-bench of the Supreme Court on February 1, and also by the suspension of Constitutional Rights of the people of Maldives". "China will not interfere in the internal affairs of the Maldives, but that does not mean that Beijing will sit idly by as New Delhi breaks the principle", it said. We also do not know how the Government in Malé, after a regime change, will behave with regard to Indian interests. He said he ordered the state of emergency and put down a coup.

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