Maldives crisis: Indian warships closed in

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  1. Dovah

    Dovah Untermensch Senior Member

    May 23, 2011
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    India backed its diplomacy with naval muscle to resolve the crisis that broke out last month when Maldivian opposition leader Mohammed Nasheed sought refuge in the Indian high commission.

    While New Delhi was negotiating an understanding with Male that would allow the former president to leave the high commission, seven Indian Navy guided missile destroyers and frigates were exercising just outside Maldivian waters.
    Days earlier, an Indian Navy fast-attack craft had entered the territorial waters, apparently to conduct joint exercises with the coast guard there.

    Present Indian policy to the Maldives has sought to ensure the country holds free and fair elections later this year. The attempt by the Male government to arrest Nasheed was seen as a threat to that goal.

    A naval exercise, ‘TROPEX-2013’, involving 50 ships and submarines, 2,000 troops and tanks on India’s western seaboard was originally scheduled for the eastern seaboard. It was shifted to the western coast in January as New Delhi’s concerns about developments in Male began to increase.

    The political situation in the island nation reached breaking point soon after the exercise began. It concluded on March 1 after a full 30 days with all warships returning to harbour. Nasheed fled to the mission on February 13 and left 10 days later. He was arrested on March 5 and let off the next day.

    During this time, seven ships — including Delhi class destroyers with the western navy fleet commander on board and Talwar and Shivalik class frigates — exercised outside Maldivian waters. Senior defence ministry sources said none of the big warships entered the country’s territorial limits.

    In another coincidence, a day before Nasheed sought refuge at the mission, an Indian Navy fast-attack craft, Kalpeni, entered Maldivian waters, apparently to conduct joint exercises with the coast guard there for the next five days. It stayed an extra three days at the Male harbour.

    Government sources say India has no intention of interfering in Maldivian politics. But New Delhi is determined that President Mohammed Waheed should hold early free and fair elections to prevent further instability in the region — which has 16 political parties for a population of just 300,000 and straddles some of India’s most vital sea lanes.

    Maldives crisis: Indian warships closed in - Hindustan Times
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  3. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    I am sure those were anti piracy training.

    One does not have to scare a ridiculous island state!

    Saying boo to a goose is enough!

    And if it was indeed to scare the Maldive Govt, then I am afraid it has failed in its mission.

    Those who initiated such stupidity should be sacked, but then it never happens in India since the political leadership is never to be blamed!
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  4. amoy

    amoy Senior Member Senior Member

    Jan 17, 2010
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    So now India is following my tip like I wrote back on 20-02-13? Cool.

    Not easy for a peanut state to survive. If Maldives was smart enough it shall have made itself a protege of a promising power like Singapore to the US.
  5. Sam2012

    Sam2012 Tihar Jail Banned

    Dec 10, 2012
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    You are super power right why can't u try , U have support & backing of BD, PAK & SL right ur Goody of the whole world

    Atleast we try , failing is the outcome . But you are just fit for issuing staple Visa stick to that

    BD was created by India FYI , Still SL has to depend on India more than china don't forget that u nincompoop:lol::taunt1:

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