Maldivian President suspends three Ministers for Hinduphobic remarks against Indian PM Modi

As President Muizzu grapples with his administration's internal turmoil, the international community watches on

Maldivian President Mohamed Muizzu took decisive action against three of his Deputy Ministers in a move to defuse the tension and diplomatic protocol violation. The officials were suspended from their duties for engaging in unsanctioned commentary, with remarks aimed at Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi drawing the administration’s ire.

The reprimand came after Deputy Minister Mariyam Shiuna publicly denigrated Modi, referring to him as a “clown” in the wake of his visit to Lakshadweep.

Alongside Shiuna, fellow youth ministry officials Malsha Shareef and Abdulla Mahzoon have found themselves sidelined, their criticisms of the Indian Prime Minister on social media platforms prompting an official investigation.

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While personal opinions often spark controversy, the government was quick to distance itself, stating unequivocally that such comments are strictly the individuals’ own and do not reflect the stance of the Maldivian government. This distinction underscores the delicate balance between free speech and the need for diplomatic decorum, especially considering the economic ties at stake—Indian tourists represent a significant contribution to the Maldives’ tourism-driven economy.

PM Modi’s recent social media posts, showcasing the serene beauty of Lakshadweep and inviting adventurous spirits to explore its wonders, contrast sharply with the charged atmosphere following the Maldivian officials’ suspension.

As the country navigates these choppy waters, President Muizzu—who ascended to power on the winds of change and promises including the removal of Indian military presence—has since moderated his approach, assuring that he would not disrupt the delicate regional equilibrium by inviting Chinese forces to fill any void left by India.

The Maldives, renowned for its luxurious resorts and tranquil seclusion, plays an important role in global geopolitics, with strategic shipping lanes threading through its sprawling archipelago. As President Muizzu grapples with his administration’s internal turmoil, the international community watches on, mindful of the broader implications of each diplomatic wave in this ocean-bound nation.

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