PM Modi's Lakshadweep visit sparks India-Maldives tension, revealing dangers of hypernationalism in critical regional cooperation.

Both nations must contain fallout, emphasizing the risks of unnecessary provocations and the need for prudence in bilateral relations

Maldives faces blame for offensive remarks against PM Modi, reflecting underlying hostility despite some official actions to address it.

New Maldivian leadership, elected on an anti-India platform, shows efforts to reduce India's influence through policy shifts and international visits.

India's social media reaction, advocating a boycott of Maldives, is counterproductive, potentially enabling China's involvement.

Claims of Lakshadweep as a Maldives alternative are unrealistic due to inadequate infrastructure and connectivity, necessitating sustained development efforts.

PM Modi's visit serves as a crucial beginning but demands continuous engagement rather than boycotts to maintain India's influence.

Delhi should focus on patient diplomacy, rallying support within Maldives and cautioning against excessive anti-India actions to prevent further escalation.