“Modi Insulted: Maldives Tourism Crisis Explained!”

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The demand to boycott the Maldives is increasing rapidly in India, including on multiple news channels and social media.

Everyone is talking about the Maldives, and now the latest news could be heard that the minister of the Maldives insulted Prime Minister Modi.

The mint published and wrote about Indians’ canceled trip bookings as the Maldives minister gets slammed for insulting Prime Minister Modi by posting “Hinduphobic tweets.”

After gathering a lot of information from the Studyiq IAS YouTube channel, we will discuss the entire scenario in this article and also elaborate on the video in the form of this article that explains

  • why hotel bookings in the Maldives are getting canceled and
  • why the locals of the Maldives are also criticizing their ministers?

How many hotel and flight bookings got canceled? From the media’s point of view, we get to know that more than 8000 hotel bookings were canceled, along with 2500 flight tickets.

What Mariya Shiuna said to Modi?

One of the minister from the Maldives abused Prime Minister Modi who is also known as the deputy minister of youth empowerment and arts whose name is Mariya Shiuna she directly insulted PM Modi and at that time pm Modi was in Lakshadweep Island to promote tourism and shared images of there and on that image.

what she had commented on Indian prime minister’s picture?

“clown. the puppet of Israel Mr. Narendra diver with a life jacket” 

and nowhere he mention the Maldives on that image which he shared.

Which is better Lakshadweep or Maldives ?

Geographically if you see then you will notice that the beauty of Lakshadweep is is much better than Maldives because commercialization on that area had not yet been started, the Lakshadweep is made on coral reefs as the Maldives so the beauty of Lakshadweep as compared to Maldives are similar and much better in some areas in big scale development and tourism.

Twitter tweets after Modi got Insulted

Several Maldivian citizen criticized Mariya Shiuna for her comments they said :

“What a shame you are bringing to this nation by stooping so low to even reply to this post in childish way.

You are ministers of our government. Act like it ! your actions will affect others, not you.

you will leave the ordinary maldivians to suffer the consequences. if you cared about them at all, you would not have acted disrespectfully”, came from one.

Lot of Indian visit Maldives every year and Maldives economy is more depended on tourism only now if Indians stop visiting Maldives then it will definitely affect there tourism sector.

Another user had written that :

I don’t understand PM Modi did not even mentioned Maldives in his tweet then why is this bad mouth by Maldives ministers and their supporters?”

Why behaving like Pakistani ministers? Very unfortunate and disappointing. It will cause bad results!(sic)” came from another.

Former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed has slammed Mariyam Shiuna’s “appalling language” against PM Modi.

“What appalling language by Maldives Government official @shiuna_m towards the leader of a key ally, that is instrumental for Maldives security and prosperity. @MMuizzu gov must distance itself from these comments and give clear assurance to India they do not reflect gov policy”.

one of the member from Maldives parliament who is also a government official there had written :

“The move is great, however the idea of competing with us is delutional. How can they provide the service we offer? How can they be so clean? The permanent smells in the rooms will be the biggest downfall.

many Indian celebrities and influencers are raising there voice related to this issue

Aakash Chopra who was an ex-cricketer wrote on his twitter that:

“India out was the part of the manifesto. Maldives voted for it.Now, it’s up to us, Indians, to choose wisely. I know that my family will. Jai Hind

by the tweet he wanted to say to Indians that to Boycott Maldives

Dr Falak Joshipura(An indian), shared some of the screenshots in tweets where she showed some proof, that how she had planned her birthday there but later on when this incidet happened she just cancelled the trip by writing this on twitter:

“Was plannning to go to maldives for my birthday falls on 2nd feb. Had almost finalised the deal with my travel agent (and added some proofs on her twitter id)

Akshit Singh also said on twitter:

“Sorry Maldives, I have my own Lakshadweep. I am atmanirbhar

similarly in these way we can see boycott campain all over India.

How many Indians visited Maldives in COVID-19?

In 2021 and 2022, India remained a top market for tourist arrivals in Maldives. Over 2.91 lakh and 2.41 lakh Indian tourists visited during these years, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In fact, India held a significant market share of 23% and 14% respectively in those years. Last year, even with around 1.915 lakh tourist arrivals, India continued to be an important source of visitors for Maldives.

It’s expected that by December this year, more Indians will likely visit Maldives, contributing a lot to the tourism market there. But if Indians stop coming to Maldives, it will have a huge impact on the tourism industry in the country.

People like Maldives just because they have water Villas but that facility is not there in Lakshadweep because they are many restrictions on that but it has been said that as PM Modi urged peoples to visit Lakshadweep so, there might be some relaxations on those restrictions till the time if anyone things to visit Maldives then the only possible ways from Cochin but we may also find relaxations on it too.

Why Lakshadweep will replace Maldives?

The IHCL company that owns Taj Hotels which is India’s hospitality company announced last year that it will open to Taj properties on two different islands Sohely and Catmart in Lakshadweep another interesting thing which happened is that on Wednesday wing Prime Minister Modi was on the island India was busy Googling  the relatively new travel destination on Wednesday Lakshadweep was the 9th search toward on Google in India in more than 50000 search, on that day among the phrases India search the most while sitting more information on Lakshadweep and Lakshadweep islands, Andaman Lakshadweep flight, Lakshadweep airport and Kochi to Lakshadweep.


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