India Must Stop Intervening in Malé: Global Times Editorial Warns India
India has a strong desire to control South Asian countries. It regards the region as its backyard. New Delhi is particularly sensitive to any endeavor by small South Asian states toward independence and autonomy, especially ties with other major powers. New Delhi takes it for granted that it can openly intervene in their domestic affairs. – Global Times
The Asian contest is getting tough in the Maldives, as New Delhi expressed concern on the situation in the Maldives, after the tweet from the former exiled president Nasheed.
Global Times in an editorial warned India saying it had no justification for intervening even as it hit out at India’s strong desire to control South Asian countries.
New Delhi earlier stated that it is disturbed by the declaration of the political crisis under President Yameen, the arrest of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the former president Abdul Gayoom, even as former president Mohammed Nasheed called for the support of India and the international community.
In less diplomatic language that reflects a widely held view of many Beijing strategists, the Communist Party-run Global Times in a Thursday editorial said that
With a population of 400,000, the Maldives is best known as an island paradise. It shared the same history with India as being a British colony. With the legal systems and the system of civil servants, as well as the tourism and fishery as its pillar industries, the Indian Ocean nation shouldn’t be so hard to govern.
Chinese newspaper continued
India has a strong desire to control South Asian countries. It regards the region as its backyard. New Delhi is particularly sensitive to any endeavor by small South Asian states toward independence and autonomy, especially ties with other major powers. New Delhi takes it for granted that it can openly intervene in their domestic affairs.
But consciousness of sovereignty is rising among South Asian states. This, combined with New Delhi’s clout, is permeating the region’s political life. The amount of intimacy a country enjoys with India has become a key political indicator for a South Asian government. All small South Asian nations want to extricate themselves from India’s excessive leverage. India has adopted a Western political system, and its active social organizations permeate their way into neighboring countries.
When Yameen’s government signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with China and joined the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), Indian public opinion reacted harshly. To maximize the country’s best interests, Yameen was perhaps considering developing diplomatic ties with all major powers. This infuriated New Delhi.
India’s First Post published an article this week citing the China-Maldives FTA and Yameen’s participation in the BRI as lapsing “within China’s stratosphere,” and argued “India must act to secure its backyard.” The article reflected the feelings of many Indians.
Political struggles are supposed to be internal affairs, and New Delhi has no justification to intervene in Malé’s affairs. The Maldives must be under huge pressure from India.
The Maldives’ sovereignty should be respected. The political unrest should be left to the Maldivian people to address. We urge all sides in the country to exercise restraint and end the crisis at the minimum cost, striking the correct balance between legal and governmental authority.
This is not the first time Communist-run Global times reacting to New Delhi’s measures in upgrading their policies
By Abhay Chaubey - The Kootneeti Maritime Diplomacy
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