Towards south, Arabian and Indian sea. Therefore, extra-regional countries pay close attention to this region in an effort to influence stability. This is particularly important in an era in which global shipping has burgeoned. Your comment will then await moderation from one of our team. Apart from this Indian Ocean has an important role to play in keeping the moderate climate of the Southern India.
Such speculative news items should be countered. Might it, for example, seek to impose a muscular hegemony, exercise benign leadership or con-tribute to security using a cooperative model, or some combination of these? The coup was allegedly masterminded by the Islamic fundamentalists, Gayoom, rogue elements in the Maldivian security establishment, and anti-India elements and forces. All religions other than Sunni Islam are forbidden. Super-Powers, Big-Powers and immediate neighbours in the region. Internal sleaze by some opposition members including Gayoom, Islamic fundamentalist groups with support of external players, particularly Pakistan and China, has engendered the present unrest and instability in Maldives. Do you want to know about the Shangri-La Dialogue? The situation fortunately was subsequently reversed after the intervention of the state.
Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…. Coast Line Indian coastline stretches about 5,700 km on the mainland and totals 7,516. In the recent years, the opposite trend is however clearly discernable. Small states like Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Seychelles have to be considerate of their alliances with great powers as they are players in a larger competition. Maritime Security Challenges in South Asia. Such coalitions of interest can embrace strategic partners as well as competitors; and they can be formal or informal. During his previous visit he spoke about devolution of power and the need to go beyond the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.
The Arabization of the Maldivian culture is palpable. Some are bilateral; others are more broadly based. Strategically significant and geopolitically sensitive, Maldives, a chain of 1192 islands 199 of which are inhabited and home to 3,15,000 people, has recently been brutalized by violence and coup, shattering the very nascent and fragile edifice of parliamentary democracy, which had just begun to take roots since 2008 after 30 years 1978-2008 rule of Abdul Gayoom. This input has to be considered when deciding on long-term strategic decisions by India and also Sri Lanka. While regional cooperation between navies and coast guards must take centre stage in the evolving order, non-military maritime cooperation is equally important.
Maldives will be key partner for India in protecting its supremacy in the Indian Ocean region. India lies in the East and in the South is Arabian Sea. At its narrowest, the strait is 39 km wide. This worry about the United States and U. Thailand, similarly, is now more aware of its status as an Indian Ocean littoral state. Fisheries and aquaculture industries are also a major source of exports. He has since retired from the Army in 1995.
However, he believes that the Indian Ocean would eventually take on a more Hindu hue, replacing the European caste which centuries of European dominance gave the region. We intended to send a message and they got the message. India has its own maritime strategy involving relationships with the smaller states like Sri Lanka and the Maldives. This will be important if the Indian Ocean region is to develop a practical, adaptable and multi-layered security architecture. In the South, the Arabian Sea, the northwestern extension of the strategically important Indian Ocean washes Pakistan's coastal shores. China finds way to Indian ocean and Arabian Sea through Karakorum. There was also move by extra regional powers like China to seek naval presence in the country, as part of its strategic stretch in the Indian Ocean.
Further, they have notable interests in the ports of Habmanthota, Gwadar, and Chabahar. While there are a multitude of common interests, particularly in the maritime domain, not involving extra-regional countries that have important interests and stakes in the region may prove to be a major stumbling block. That strategically makes it the seventh largest and the second most populated country in the world. But there are considerable uncertainties as to its future role. If this happens, terrorists can enter into India through Kerala So, to not let happen all these things, India needs Maldives as a Strategic partner especially in the Indian Ocean Region. But that need not come at the expense of others.
We have nothing to show of the pre-Islamic history. Her lifelines are concentrated in that area, her freedom is dependent on the freedom of that water surface. The Indians generally reacted to such interventions with skepticism. But the more apt question is how long the United States will choose to commit the necessary resources to dominate the Indian Ocean. Cooperative Security in the 21st Century, Volume 3, p. China's is highly dependent on sea routes for its oil needs.