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Querying Maldivian Commentary on PM Modi's Lakshadweep Stint: Insights Unveiled in 10 Notable Points
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Querying Maldivian Commentary on PM Modi’s Lakshadweep Stint: Insights Unveiled in 10 Notable Points

In the aftermath of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep, Maldivian MP Mohammad Faizal directed criticism toward the Maldives, as some of their politicians took to social media with derogatory comments about the Indian Prime Minister’s endorsement of Lakshadweep as a tourist haven.

Querying Maldivian Commentary on PM Modi's Lakshadweep Stint: Insights Unveiled in 10 Notable Points
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In the wake of tweets from now-suspended Maldivian deputy ministers that disparaged PM Modi and India following his promotion of Lakshadweep as a tourist destination, Indian business leaders pondered the significant expenses incurred by Indian tourists in the Maldives, questioning the allure compared to domestic destinations like Lakshadweep and Andaman.

Mohammad Faizal, Lakshadweep’s MP, expressed his discontent with Maldivian politicians who made derogatory remarks against PM Modi during his recent visit to the Union Territory.

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During his visit on January 3, PM Modi shared images of his time in Lakshadweep, strolling along pristine beaches and engaging in snorkeling activities. His endorsement of the island as a tourist hotspot for Indians sparked controversy, leading to Faizal’s critique of the Maldives’ response.


In an interview with news agency ANI, Mohammad Faizal questioned the Maldives’ right to comment on PM Modi’s discussion about the potential for tourism and other sectors in Lakshadweep.

Faizal emphasized the untapped potential of Lakshadweep as a novel destination and welcomed PM Modi’s support for tourism, foreseeing job opportunities for the youth. He questioned the Maldives’ objection to this development.

The controversy erupted when Maldivian Deputy Minister of Youth Empowerment, Mariyam Shiuna, referred to PM Modi as a “clown” and “puppet” in now-deleted posts on X. Despite the tweets being removed after public backlash, Shiuna persisted with derogatory remarks in various social media interactions.

Zahid Rameez, Maldivian MP, also mocked PM Modi’s Lakshadweep visit, comparing it unfavorably to the Maldives. Rameez questioned the feasibility of Lakshadweep competing with the Maldives, citing cleanliness and room odors as potential drawbacks.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed condemned Shiuna’s language, urging the government to distance itself from such comments. Nasheed stressed the importance of maintaining positive relations with India, a key ally of the Maldives.

In response to India’s concerns, the Maldivian government suspended three ministers and clarified that the derogatory remarks represented personal opinions, not official government views.

Tweets on PM Modi’s Lakshadweep visit by Maldivian ministers triggered a backlash from Indian social media users (Image courtesy: @adarpoonawalla/X)

Despite the controversy, some Indian tourists initiated a ‘#BoycottMaldives‘ campaign, leading to cancellations and concerns about the impact on the Maldivian economy.

Celebrities like Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, John Abraham, Shraddha Kapoor, and Kangana Ranaut weighed in on the discussion, supporting PM Modi’s promotion of Lakshadweep and criticizing the Maldives for mocking the Indian Prime Minister.

Former Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, known for his pro-India stance, condemned the use of “hateful language” by Maldivian officials, emphasizing the enduring friendship between the two nations.

In a move reflecting the economic repercussions, Indian travel agency EaseMyTrip suspended all flight bookings to the Maldives in solidarity with the nation.


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