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Lakshadweep Gains Popularity After Modi’s Visit, Maldives Faces Backlash

A Maldives politician, Zahid Rameez, mocked the beaches of Lakshadweep and questioned whether India's Union Territory could match the services provided by the Maldives.

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New Delhi, 7th Jan : Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Lakshadweep has sparked a surge in interest in India’s smallest Union Territory, making it a potential tourist hotspot. However, this move seems to have displeased some officials in the Maldives, leading to tensions between the two nations.

Lakshadweep’s Rising Popularity

  • Following PM Modi’s visit on January 2 and 3, ‘Lakshadweep’ became one of the most searched keywords on Google.
  • Google trends on January 6 revealed that ‘Lakshadweep’ trended for two days, indicating a growing curiosity among people.

PM Modi’s Activities in Lakshadweep

  • PM Modi shared picturesque photos of his visit, showcasing leisure time on the beach and snorkeling activities.
  • The Prime Minister laid the foundation for projects worth ₹1,150 crore, emphasizing the potential for tourism and development in the Union Territory.

Maldives’ Reaction

Maldivian minister Mariyam Shiuna criticized Modi’s Lakshadweep visit in a now-deleted post, encouraging tourists to visit the Maldives instead.
Some Maldivian netizens posted racist and insulting comments against Indians, leading to tensions.

Social Media Backlash and Calls for Boycott

  • BoycottMaldives trended on social media as a response to the anti-India sentiment expressed by Maldivian officials.
  • Indian celebrities and influencers, including former cricketer Aakash Chopra, joined the call to boycott the Maldives.

Government’s Response

  • The External Affairs Minister praised PM Modi’s visit, emphasizing the immense potential for tourism and economic growth in Lakshadweep.
  • The government highlighted the unique culture and traditions of Lakshadweep, inviting more visitors to contribute to its prosperity.

Controversial Remarks from Maldives

A Maldives politician, Zahid Rameez, mocked the beaches of Lakshadweep and questioned whether India’s Union Territory could match the services provided by the Maldives.

About Lakshadweep

  • Lakshadweep is India’s smallest Union Territory, comprising 36 islands with a total area of 32 sq km.
  • PM Modi inaugurated various projects, including the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fiber Connection and the Low-Temperature Thermal Desalination plant.

Conclusion

PM Modi’s visit to Lakshadweep has elevated its status as a potential tourist destination, drawing attention to its natural beauty and development opportunities. However, tensions with the Maldives highlight the delicate nature of diplomatic relations in the region. As both nations navigate these complexities, Lakshadweep remains in the spotlight for its promising future.

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