Though this conflict or crisis is simply an internal power struggle between the Supreme Court and the government of the Maldives but the slave of its hegemonic desires India is trying to exploit the situation and searching ways for intervention and intrusion into the affairs of the Maldives. Almost thirty years back India had launched Operation Cactus on the night of 3rd November 1988, foiled an attempted coup and reinstalled the government of the then-president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. The same story is being repeated now with the help of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who is the leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). This party has inclination towards India and after the arrest of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom it has given an SOS call to India and asked it to intervene militarily and to end the crisis, as India did 30 years ago. Experts say that Indian attempt of interference in the Maldives affairs would simply create a war-like situation between China and India and the Maldives would be a battlefield if the situation gets out of control.
It is a very old desire of India to keep Maldives and other countries of the same status under her total command and control by installing a pro India government there. The Global Times said in a recent editorial, “India has a strong desire to control all 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. All small South Asian nations want to extricate themselves from India’s excessive leverage.” Particularly in case of the Maldives, India has some very alarming type of fears and apprehensions with reference to the increasing Sino-Maldivian closeness. On request of the Maldivian government, China has consented on doing co-operation in construction of a port in Northern Atoll. Moreover last year on 8th December, 2017 a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was also signed between the Maldives and China during Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen’s four-day visit to Beijing. By signing this agreement, the Maldives became the second South Asian country after Pakistan to sign an FTA with China. This deal also proved a ‘stunning blow’ for India. Earlier in August 2017, the Maldives permitted three Chinese warships to visit the country though India had expressed its strong resentment over the decision. Same is the approach of India towards the countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Myanmar and even towards Bangladesh. A recent report on Indian hegemonic designs in the South Asian region says, “India, despite having friendly ties with Pro-India Bangladeshi government lead by Awami League, is exerting pressure to resolve Teesta river dispute on Indian terms.” India must review its hegemonic approach towards its neighbouring countries for the peace and prosperity of the South-Asia.