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How India can eternalise its predominance in the Indian Ocean

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by Rehan123, Jan 21, 2012.

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  1. Rehan123

    Rehan123 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

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    India should offer the Maldives statehood within our Union, says former IAF pilot M P Anil Kumar. He argues that threat faced by the Maldives due climate change provides India with an opportunity to put forth a proposal for Maldives to join the Indian Union. In the future as rising sea levels claim more and more of the Maldivian land, the residents of Maldives will have an easy option of migrating to India with minimal hassle. Maldives joining India will be of huge benefit to India, he argues, as this will enable India to extend it's EEZ and also establish a naval base further out into the Indian Ocean.

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    How India can eternalise its predominance in the Indian Ocean

    Frankly I believe that the author makes a very logical argument. Close ties historically exist between India and Maldives with the original settlers of these islands being Dravidian's from Kerala. Even today these ties hold strong with strong trade links and good cultural links (numerous students from Maldives studying in Indian institutes - 3 of my batch mates during MBBS were from Maldives). There already exists a strong desire in Maldives for better connectivity to the Indian subcontinent, with a request for regular ferry services from Cochin port being made (This looks likely to materialize soon). I believe that a favorable response is quite likely if an offer for Maldives to join India as an autonomous state were to be made. It will be win-win for both sides.
     
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    Maldivians are Islamic faggots.
     
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