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India-Maldives Relations, Changing Contours

I have been away from active blogging for the last few months and had not written any blog. In the meantime, the world has changed considerably. North Korea- South Korea in the path of reconciliation. Many things have changed. But today I intend to deal with a particularly troubling relationship between two close allies at one time, that is India and Maldives. 
Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean. It is lies adjacent to the Indian territory of The Lakshadweep Islands. India and Maldives established bilateral relations in the year of 1966. Since then the relationship has grown by leaps and bounds. The high point of the relationship was "Operation Cactus" when India militarily intervened to save Maldives from invading Tamil militants from Srilanka. India has been the main provider of aid and assistance to Maldives for many years. That is until Maldives started tilting to China. China sees Maldives as the main cog in it's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)…

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