Male snubs Delhi again, returns gifted helicopter
NEW DELHI: At a time when relations between India and the Maldives are clearly in a free fall, Male has asked the Indian go nment to take back one of the two naval helicopters New Delhi had gifted to the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Offi al sources said they were still discussing with the Abdulla Yameen go nment what the real issue was but a top Maldives go nment source told TOI that Male wanted a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft instead of the "Dhruv" Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) which India had given to Male. The chopper which Maldives wants India to take back operates from Addu atoll.
The development is certain to further strain India's relations with the Maldives and will also raise questions on India's defence and security cooperation with Male at atime when is making deep inroads into the strategically located country with its connectivity and other infrastructure projects.
Seeking to justify the decision, sources in the Yameen go nment also said that the Letter of Exchange (LoE) for the ALH at Addu had expired. The LoE though is renewed every two years and this is for the first time that Male has chosen to not renew it. Among other things, the stay of Indian personnel in the Maldives is also facilitated by the LoE.
No one is going to respect a country many of whose citizens are still deprived of basic amenities. India will only be respected after it develops like has.
do a nuclear test near maldives ;)
Dear Indian couples, dont ever plan ur honeymoon in Maldives.. kindly go to some other place
Maldives is begging to , as they are purchasing their land and want to make Maldives as another province.
Pradip Kumar Shome
If Mal is hell bent in returning India''s gracious, then what about drinking water that India supplied free of cost on emergency basis, airlifting to that cursed country? Ungrateful neighbour sold to ''lock, stock & Barrel''!!!
Let them go to for medical treatment instead of landing up in Trivandrum , then they will realise their folly.
Do not trust traitors....
Leave this thankless country. Just leave them to their fate. cannot do anything to India. Let Maldivians become sl ves & realize the importance of Indian friendship the hard way.
India has been made to look like a FOOL by BJP
Let''s not travel to Maldives ... Let this tourist nation suffer economically.
It is really unfortunate that India''s standing in the international arena has now fallen so far down that even small countries like Maldives are able to tell us off. I can recall ten years ago, India had a much higher standing in the international order, and most countries then use to consider us more or less on par with . Those days are long gone. is now on a different orbit and seen as a superpower, and we are seen as just a middle power at best.
India should be careful in hel countries inclined to and Pakistan.
WHAT A SHAME, A COUNTRY LIKE MALE IS NOW BULLYING US!! GREAT FOREIGN POLICY...
Hardeep Singh Sondhi
Indian diplomacy has failed.
Clear evidence that Modi go nment has lost its grip over maldives and is more nearer
this is what happens when u thump ur 56" chest in front of smaller countries, thinking that they will stand in awe. instead they will show u the middle finger and ally with a bigger person !!
As usual, India will for ever "wait and watch" while and Pakistan get a strong foothold in Maldives.
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India definitely deserves this. I have worked in Male for three years. The referral hospital of Male was built by India and that too free of cost. In other words, using our tax money. The treatment is largely free for natives whereas we have to pay for the services. India has to cut off from Maldives and stop all contact. Let them go to Colombo or Islbad or !
We have created more enemies than friends in the last 4years than the whole period from independence. Nepal which was fully dependent on us is hostile, Sri Lanka for whom we sacrificed thousands of soldiers is puppet. Maldives one of the friendliest and dependent country is turned the other side, Bangladesh not warming up to us anymore, hostility with pakistan is at its peak, we have lost more soldiers in cross border firing in the last 4 years than in the 1971 war.
We have travelled beyond the seas to make new friends but left our neighbourhood with enemies.
Even Tiny Maldives is Slap 56 Inch B000BS FEKU. India has never had such a Weak PM.
Good take it back and don''t give anything to this re gie even if it begs.
A country going to disappear in the sea I'm a few years. leave them to their fate.
being a regional power, if india can't dictate terms to a small island country like Maldives, what is the use of having 56 inch chest?
Failed diplomacy of Modi Sarkar !
Pradip Kumar Goswami
Modi's foreign policy was miserable with big brother attitude and arrogance. We are loosing our friends one by one.
Total failure of gt foreign policy...After Nepal, Sri lanka and Bangladesh now Maldiv has slipped away from India....
Who told you to gift a helicopter? Could have given equivalent money to poor farmers.
After modi became PM even a tiny island is not respecting India.