The newly elected President of the Maldives, Mohammed Muizzu, is continually threatening to evict the Indian Army from the nation. His speech makes it apparent that he intends to take significant actions in this regard in the coming days. According to reports, he is doing so because President Mohammad Muizzu is closer to China than India. Let us inform you now in this post when the Indian Army first stepped foot on Maldives territory.
From a strategic standpoint, the Maldives is critical to India. As a result, India is keen not to jeopardize its relations with this little country under any circumstances. This is why, in 1988, when then-President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom sought India for military assistance against a coup, the Indian government responded without hesitation.
Maldives was experiencing internal conflict in November 1988. Within the country, Abdulla Luthoofi, a Maldivian businessman, and his colleague Sikka Ahmed Ismail Manik were organizing a coup against President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Abdul Gayoom was scheduled to visit India in a few days, but there was a rebellion there first. Abdullah Luthuffi and Sikka Ahmed Ismail Manik sought to take over the nation with the assistance of mercenaries from the Sri Lankan extremist organization ‘PLOT’ (People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam). President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on the other hand, was aware of the incident in time and took refuge in a safe house.
From there, he dialed India and requested assistance for his safety. The incumbent Rajiv Gandhi administration took President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s statements seriously, and a contingent of the Indian Army was flown to Hulhule airfield within a few hours. From here, Indian forces reached President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s safe home and rescued him from the insurgents. Following this initiative, India and the Maldives developed strong ties. However, President Mohammad Muizzu is making this relationship worse rather than better.
The Maldives currently has just 75 troops. These troops have reconnaissance planes that they use to monitor the Indian Ocean. In addition, he works in the Maldives to provide relief and medical help. Let me inform you that the Indian Navy just sent one of its Dornier planes and two helicopters here to ferry patients from 200 tiny islands to the hospital.