Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022

‘We Don’t Need Nudges And Pushes’

Ahmed Moh­amed, Maldives’ ambassador to India, talks about the crisis and the best possible way to defuse it

‘We Don’t Need Nudges And Pushes’ Photograph by Jitender Gupta

For decades, Maldives has mostly been famous for the pristine beauty of its islands; its breathtaking atolls remain a magnetic draw for high-end tourists from the West. Since 2008, when the country adopted its new constitution and held its first, free and fair presidential elections, its political developments have also star­ted making headlines. As the country goes through its latest round of political crisis —President Abdulla Yameen has recently arrested supreme court judges and opposition lea­ders, and declared a state of Emergency—concerns have been voiced in South Asia and beyond about the future of Maldives’ nascent democratic institutions, especia­lly the beseiged judiciary. Ahmed Moh­amed, 48, Maldives’ ambassador to India, spoke to Pranay Sharma about the crisis and the best possible way to defuse it. Excerpts from the interview.

What chances are there for foreign powers to intervene in Maldives?