Sending troops to Maldives an option: India ruling party

Yashwant Sinha, the leader of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

Yashwant Sinha, the leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

India’s ruling party leader Yashwant Sinha on Sunday declared that the political turmoil of the Maldives poses a threat to India and that the regional power has the option of sending military troops to the archipelago.

In a press conference at his residence, Sinha proclaimed that the Maldives’ crisis threatens India’s national security, and urged the Indian government as “the best judge” of the situation to act as soon as possible. He said that sending the Indian army to the Maldives is an option, but that the government should make its decision carefully.

The former external affairs minister’s remarks come in the wake of a tweet by the Maldives’ former President Mohamed Nasheed, in which he had requested the Indian government to send an envoy, with military backing, to solve the ongoing political turmoil in the Maldives.

Sinha said that the main concern was the loss of time. Urging his government to act, he stated that India need not ask any other country before it does so, and that India’s decision would be respected by the world.

He also raised concerns over the number of Maldivian insurgents fighting in foreign civil wars.

“Highest numbers of people (on per capita basis) from Maldives have joined the ISIS. These people will return to our nearest neighbour (Maldives) when ISIS is wiped out, posing threat to us,” he claimed.

It is of note that prior to Sinha’s press conference, Nasheed had claimed in an interview to The Times of India newspaper that Maldivian insurgents in foreign conflicts “have been coming back since ISIS got flushed out in Iraq and Syria” and that “they have embedded themselves in strategic places within our military, police, customs and immigration.”

However, the Maldivian police and military have both denied the allegation as a false and baseless rumour, made to suit Nasheed’s own agenda and to create misconceptions and mistrust of the security forces.

Sinha further expressed worries over China’s growing presence in the island nation. He claimed that there were reports of China having “taken over” 17 – 18 islands of the Maldives.

“That Chinese should come and right under our nose, in our backyard, play these games, India should not remain a mute spectator,” he was cited as saying in The Times of India.

Despite Sinha’s claim, the Maldives has not given any islands to China. The Maldivian government had also earlier refuted Nasheed’s accusations of certain islands being given to the Asian superpower.

Political tensions peaked in the Maldives when the Supreme Court on February 1 issued a shock ruling to release prominent political leaders. The government had refused to comply, claiming that the unprecedented verdict raised suspicions of bribery involving the top court judges. While this prompted harsh criticism from the opposition and international bodies, President Abdulla Yameen had declared a state of emergency on February 5, after which he had had the chief justice and a judge of the top court, along with the judicial administrator and former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, arrested under accusations of giving and accepting bribes and attempting to stage a coup. After the arrests, the remaining three judges of the Supreme Court had revoked the order to free the politicians.

10 Comments on "Sending troops to Maldives an option: India ruling party"

  1. Sinha was sidelined from the ruling party long back. Certainly his views does not reflect Indian Government views.

  2. it is not an option and Maldives is not India’s Backyard !

  3. They have no right to sending troops to Maldives coz Maldives are 100% independent country Maldives is not part of India, Indian must know that, The Country is on Indian Ocean territory that is not meant be a part of India

  4. China is suffering with mania and

    obsessiveness.
    And creating issues with every one even though India has no logic to act in Maldives this kind of News are spreaded without any source…

  5. Nothing India can do in here, Firstly you have to build toilets to your peoples, You can Occupy Maldives but cant breath peacefully.

  6. Think of your own backyard. Better try to encourage your own people to eradicate poverty and fight corruption

  7. John Andrews | April 17, 2018 at 1:40 am | Reply

    Given China’s track record in land-grabbing in the South China Sea and encroachments all over the Himalayas, Maldivians need to tread lightly. India will not intervene but if it is true that China is at least in the process of land-grab in the Maldives, it is not surprising. It has done it in Sri Lanka and it could do another Sri Lanka in the Maldives. Maldivians might want to watch the Chinese closely.
    Well, it may be true that the Maldives has not given any land to China. However it may be true that it WAS MADE to part with land, because of the enormous economic stranglehold it now enjoys over the Maldives.Maldives has little choice in the matter. China gets it’s way. Always. If China is doing it’s land-grab, India is certainly justified in intervening. It is a threat to India. Sure, it is India’s backyard, Maldivians. If China is usurping your sovereignty, why should Indian sit back and watch. We cannot allow Chinese military activity that if course is meant to threaten India. So why is India not justified in intervening. You are harboring a hostile foreign power right in our vicinity. Tomorrow China will be entering our EEZ (oh, China has already perfected this activity) and then our 12 nautical limit (oh, they have done this already too, out in the South China Sea).

    So, Maldivians, think before you stab India in the back.
    If you can barter away your sovereignty for loads of flashy Chinese money, why should India not want to intervene?
    I am not saying India should. We would rather not intervene. We will not grab islands like China. However if push comes to shove, India might be compelled to act

  8. John Andrews | April 17, 2018 at 2:14 am | Reply

    I might add that a Nation needs to build toilets and protect its national security at all costs. It is called multi-tasking. India will do both. We don’t need to finish building our toilets, lift our people out of poverty and then turn our attention to securing our borders.
    China is a well rested, practice landgrabber that employs enormous economic xlout and military strength to grab prime real estate.
    If x loaned a certain sum of money to Y, X owns Y’s ass, especially when we are talking of billions of dollars. China set a debt trap for Sri Lanka. Why would the Maldives not be the next?

    So, we all need to think. India will not intervene. Even if it does that is its decision in the end, a decision made only because it was pushed to the wall.
    If Maldivians are willing to barter away their sovereignty, at a stone’s throw from India, shouldnt India start sweating?
    Please don’t go down the route of Tibet.
    India is now paying the price for China’s presence in Tibet. If Tibet is in Chinese hands,India is constantly worried about it’s own territories, some of which have already fallen into Chinese hands.
    So why should the Maldives case be any different.
    I am not saying that the Maldives is the next Tibet. There are signs of a gradual Chinese dominance there with loss of Maldivian sovereignty over the long run.

  9. John Andrews | April 17, 2018 at 3:12 am | Reply

    Some people have written here that India has no right to intervene. They are right. As a Maldivian that loves their nation, they are right. however there is more to this than meets the eye.
    If India intervene and that is a loaded, that will be only when it had clear evidence that China’s activities do pose a stark threat.
    New Delhi is already fuming at how the Maldivian Goverment’s attitude towards it. It does not buy Maldives’ lame argument that India comes first. What is Yameen up to that makes him say that the China is the Maldives’ long lost brother.

  10. John Andrews | April 17, 2018 at 5:45 am | Reply

    I am curious. There are 17 islands that the Chinese are interested in investing 40 million on.
    If this is false, the claim of land-grab may not hold water.

    On the other hand, if it is true that China is investing $40 million in each island. That makes it $680 million.
    Why? It stinks. It is sketchy.
    This has all the makings of a classic land-grab.
    What is China up to there?

    The international community wants to know.

    The Maldives is NOT China’s backyard. India could be termed Maldives’ backyard and vice versa.

    If there is no land-grab as this article claims, what are the Chinese up to?

    I request the writer of this article to publish names of each of the islands. We will look them up with Google Earth.

    After all, if China and Maldivian Goverment is engaged in honest, hon-land-grabbing, genuinedl developmental activities, why is the Chinese goverment behaviour suspicious.? Why is the wily dragon assertively telling India and the international community to “not meddle” in Maldivian internal affairs
    After South Sea China Sea grabs, no one is buying China’s arguments that it is a Saint.

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