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Updated: February 11, 2012 22:36 IST

Nasheed disappointed with India’s response

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Supporters reach to help Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed as he returns home in a street parade after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, in Male on Saturday.
AP Supporters reach to help Maldives' former President Mohamed Nasheed as he returns home in a street parade after a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake, in Male on Saturday.

Maldives’ ousted President Mohammed Nasheed on Saturday said he was disappointed with India over its response to the political turmoil without having properly understood the ground situation in his country.

The 44-year-old Mr. Nasheed, who was forced to step down, making way for his deputy Mohammed Waheed Hassan, made known his unhappiness over New Delhi reaching out to the new leadership.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to the new President on Wednesday, expressing “continued support” to the efforts to ensure stability and peace in that country.

“We are with the idea, with the belief that India would have a very proper understanding of the situation in Maldives, that they will have necessary information and intelligence to make a judgement,” Mr. Nasheed told PTI in Male.

He said it was disappointing to find that this was not so.

“I think people will have to be focused on what is happening,” he said, adding that he had conveyed his feelings to India’s special envoy M. Ganapathi.

Mr. Nasheed said he has expressed his opinion to Mr. Ganapathi, Secretary (West) in the External Affairs Ministry, during his meeting with him. “The envoy will take what I said to the Prime Minister,” he said.

Later, speaking to a group of Indian journalists, Mr. Nasheed insisted that conspiracy to overthrow him was hatched well in advance, and that New Delhi should seek an independent probe into the crisis.

“Well, a fare amount of our party workers... grassroots level were wondering why there is no understanding between Indian authorities and us. It is an issue of concern,” Mr. Nasheed said when told that some of his party members have expressed disappointment over India’s response to the situation.

“The planning happened much earlier, the execution of it was on that day,” he said, speaking about the events of the day he resigned.

He said he went to the headquarters of Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) where about 150 police officials were present along with protesters.

“I wanted the military to arrest them but they did not,” he said relating the developments leading up to his resignation.

He said the personnel inside told him that he has to resign or there will be violence.

“I thought the best way to get out of MNDF is that I will tell them that I will resign,” he said.

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Indian polity and the executive lack the gumption and intent to handle issues which have been ailing India for decades and are now threatening to destroy the fabric of this nation. I'm surprised by Mr.Nasheed's dismay over India's inaction and the P.M.'s run of the mill statement post the coup.As a citizen of this country I can assure him that this is what "We" are best at. A government that can stoop low enough to promote mobocarcy to further it's narrow sectarian gains via vote bank politics can't be expected to play the role of a Regional power.

from:  Kunal
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012 at 09:27 IST

In the backdrop of Operation Cactus, India's present inactivity comes as a 'shocking' surprise. One is forced to wonder whether there was an intelligence failure or was the intelligence over-looked in the heat of the on-going state assembly elections (in which everybody seems to have jumped into the fray). It's sad that India hasn't asserted its political (and, possibly, military) influence in its own vicinity.

from:  Pankaj
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012 at 08:09 IST

It is indeed a shame that the Country that claims to be the biggest democracy in the world is turning a blind eye to the biggest terrorist attack in Maldives and in fact supporting the very terrorists who are attempting to destroy the democratic spirit of the Maldivians. We certainly hope that India will think twice about Maldives and stand up to the democratic principles that India claims to stand by.

from:  Mariyam
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012 at 07:30 IST

Once Indian Army went to Sri Lanka to bring peace there. That Lesson is enough. Don't go to interfere in other countries matters.

from:  Chinnan Chowalloor
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012 at 04:40 IST

this event was litmus test for India but India failed to response it positively.If India can not solve problem of it's friendly neighbours specially country like Maldives then it have no moral right to called itself regional power or soft power .It further shows India inability to lead nations at united nations and have no ground to claim it seat in security council of united nations.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012 at 00:15 IST

The Maladiv-India pact and the first elected government were stunning blows to countries, big and small, which wanted an encirclement of India. US which shares India's geopolitical goals has 'sort of' saved the day. This gaff would have undermined India's trustworthiness and ability to protect her own interests. The government should investigate and reorganize the Foreign Service. The opposition should hold the government's feet to the fire.

from:  Thiru. V. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 21:22 IST

Mr Nasheed, "No nation has permanent friends, but permanent
interests".India is no exception to this rule. Example : Cuba and China
are both Communist regimes,US-Cuba, economic embargo...whereas US-China
MFN which means, most favored nation's status for business.That is life.

from:  Kern
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 21:15 IST

India always fail to counter any international problem. All this due to lack of governance in present government.

from:  Sudhir
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 21:08 IST

If its proven that a coup did take place, should not India be at the
forefront of International condemnation and demand the restoration of
the democratically-elected President?. People across the world were
cheered by Nasheed's stance on the environment and impressed by his
honesty and integrity in office. I hope that every effort is made to

from:  Rajagopal Raman
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 21:02 IST

India should really have delivered a stronger response. The immediate
flash point of the coup was no doubt Islamist in character, and I do not
believe we are better off with yet another Islamist country in our
vicinity. Our netas must abandon this policy of burying their heads in
the sand in response to any crisis.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 20:47 IST

India only knows how to save taxes with the help of Maldives.
They are least bothered about who is ruling the country. It has
enough problems of it's own.

from:  S N IYER
Posted on: Feb 11, 2012 at 19:57 IST
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