India lacks expert on Maldives: Former diplomat

There is no expert on the Maldives in India, Dnyaneshwar Mulay, career diplomat and former Indian high commissioner to the Maldives, said on Tuesday.

He was in the city to address a session organized by the Pune Union of Working Journalists and Dnyaneshwar Mulay Education Society.

A witness to recent political turmoil in the Maldives, Mulay said the awareness regarding Maldives and its geopolitical situation in India is very low. Therefore, he said, it is important to know about the country’s neighbours as political, economic and social changes in these countries may have a major impact on India.

Highlighting his efforts on the tourism front, he said, “The number of Indian tourists to Maldives has gone up from 10,000 to 40,000, but is still a lot lower as compared with the overall tourist arrivals of 10 lakh and 2.5 lakh Chinese tourists visiting that country.” One must be aware about the clout of a country from which there is such a big tourist inflow, he added.

Indian investments in the Maldives have also gone up and there is a commensurate increase in the points of connectivity between the two countries, he said.

Mulay will soon take charge as Indian Consul General in New York. “I will strive to expedite people to people interactions between the two countries and work in the direction of facilitating import of technologies into India,” he said.