Maldives: The government of the Maldives took swift action on Sunday by suspending three of its ministers following their alleged derogatory remarks against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These comments had ignited a diplomatic row between the two nations.
The suspended ministers were identified as Mariyam Shiuna, Malsha Shareef, and Mahzoom Majid.
A government statement stated, “Those who made such posts on social media while in government positions have now been suspended from their jobs,” as reported by NDTV.
The controversy erupted after Maldivian Minister Mariyam Shiuna made disparaging comments about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to him as a “clown” and a “puppet” in posts on a social media platform. These posts were subsequently deleted in response to widespread criticism and backlash.
Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed strongly condemned the offensive remarks made by Minister Mariyam Shiuna. He emphasized the importance of India as a crucial ally for the security and well-being of the Maldives.
Nasheed expressed his dismay at the language used and urged the Maldivian government to distance itself from such comments. He called for clear assurance to India that these remarks do not reflect government policy.
The diplomatic row unfolded amid strained India-Maldives relations after President Mohamed Muizzu, perceived as a pro-China politician, assumed power in November 2023. As part of his election pledge, President Muizzu committed to withdrawing approximately 75 Indian military personnel from the Maldives and reevaluating the country’s longstanding “India first” policy.
In the wake of these developments, the hashtag ‘Boycott Maldives’ began trending on social media. This surge in online activity followed a tweet by a Maldivian minister, coinciding with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the Lakshadweep archipelago.