New Delhi. The recent comments made by Maldivian ministers regarding Prime Minister Modi have drawn mixed reactions among Indian social media users, including the general public and big personalities including cricketers. Many cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Aakash Chopra and Suresh Raina expressed disappointment over the behavior of Maldivian ministers and stressed on the beauty and potential of untouched places in India, drawing Indians from their country’s Andamans like Udupi, Pondicherry’s Paradise Beach. The Nile and Havelock Islands, and other stunning places are recommended for sightseeing.
Even though Sachin Tendulkar did not directly get involved in the Maldives-India issue, he highlighted the beauty of Sindhudurg in the Indian coastal city of Lakshadweep.. Sachin wrote on his Twitter account, More than 250 days since celebrating my 50th birthday in Sindhudurg. Are done! The coastal city offered us everything we wanted, and more. Gorgeous venue with amazing hospitality left a treasure trove of memories for us. India is blessed with beautiful beaches and pristine islands. With our “Atithi Devo Bhava” philosophy, we have so much to discover, so many memories waiting to be made.
250+ days since we rang in my 50th birthday in Sindhudurg!
The coastal town offered everything we wanted, and more. Gorgeous locations combined with wonderful hospitality left us with a treasure trove of memories.
India is blessed with beautiful coastlines and pristine… pic.twitter.com/DUCM0NmNCz
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 7, 2024
Virender Sehwag wrote on his Twitter account, “Be it the beautiful beaches of Udupi, Paradise Beach in Pondy, Neil and Havelock in Andaman and many other beautiful beaches across our country, there are many unknown places in India which include some There are huge possibilities with infrastructure support. India knows all about turning disasters into opportunities, and this dig at our country and our Prime Minister by the Maldivian ministers is a great opportunity for India to make them attractive for tourists and do what is needed to boost our economy. Infrastructure can be created. Please name your favorite unknown beautiful places.”
Whether it be the beautiful beaches of Udupi, Paradise Beach in Pondi, Neil and Havelock in Andaman, and many other beautiful beaches throughout our country, there are so many unexplored places in Bharat which have so much potential with some infrastructure support. Bharat is… pic.twitter.com/w8EheuIEUD
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 7, 2024
The discussion intensified when PM Modi shared pictures from his Lakshadweep visit on January 4. This started a trend on social media suggesting that Indians should consider Lakshadweep instead of Maldives for tourism. During this, Maldivian Minister Maria made some objectionable tweets targeting PM Modi and also made sarcastic remarks about Lakshadweep. Along with similar posts from other Maldivian leaders, this sparked anger among Indians.
Prominent Indian cricketers like Suresh Raina and Irfan Pathan expressed their disappointment over the hateful and racist comments made by Maldivians towards Indians. He highlighted India’s significant contribution to the Maldives’ economy, crisis management and expressed disappointment on hearing negative comments about his homeland.
I saw remarks from prominent public figures in the Maldives, expressing hateful and racist comments directed towards Indians. It’s disheartening to witness such negativity, especially considering that India contributes significantly to their economy, crisis management and so many… https://t.co/Imulj3g5I7
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) January 7, 2024