India Out campaignDate: 12 July 2021 Tags: India & World
India High Commission in Maldives has asked authorities to take action against various social media posts that degraded dignity of the High Commission and diplomats.
A letter written from the High Commission had been leaked recently, which had highlighted that such incidence would impact mutual relationships.
The letter caused uproar in political circles and the government was forced to reply to the letter. It expressed concern over malicious campaign against Indian diplomats.
A specific publication known as Dhiyares was pointed out to be at the centre of the incident. It was accused of anti-India campaign through political motivation.
A specific event had started some time ago known as ‘India Out’ campaign. It started on ground and later spread to social media platforms.
Some participants in the campaign say that it was for removing Indian military presence from the country and not violent clashes with India.
The campaign was nearly a decade old when Abdulla Yameen was the President. There were widespread anti-India protests as the government was pro-China.
The issue originated when India gifted two Dhruv helicopters for humanitarian and rescue operations. Some in anti-Indian circles portrayed it as militarization.
The Yameen government had asked India to take back the helicopters which India refused. This was the reason for the controversy.
The defence agreements signed between the new Maldivian government and India have not been made public. This has further fuelled the protests.