Bollywood Stars Encourage Tourism to Lakshadweep Amid Maldives Diplomatic Row

Amid escalating tensions between India and the Maldives following a controversial tweet by a Maldivian minister regarding the Lakshadweep Islands, notable Indian celebrities are leveraging social media to express solidarity with the archipelago and urge fellow citizens to discover the beauty of the Indian islands.

The diplomatic dispute arose when a Maldivian minister accused India of targeting the nation, alleging that India faced challenges in competing with the Maldives in beach tourism. Responding to the situation, Indian celebrities have stepped forward to champion the cause of Lakshadweep and highlight the diverse and enchanting beauty of the Indian islands.

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar took to social media to express his astonishment at the derogatory comments from some Maldivian public figures. “Came across comments from prominent Maldivian public figures passing hateful and racist remarks on Indians. Surprised that they are doing this to a country that sends them the maximum number of tourists. We are good to our neighbors, but why should we tolerate such unprovoked hate? I’ve visited the Maldives many times and always praised it, but dignity first. Let us decide to #ExploreIndianIslands and support our own tourism,” Akshay posted.

John Abraham praised the hospitality and marine life in Lakshadweep. “With amazing Indian hospitality, the idea of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava,’ and a vast marine life to explore, Lakshadweep is the place to go,” he wrote.

Actress Shraddha Kapoor joined the chorus, expressing her desire to explore Lakshadweep’s pristine beaches and coastlines. “All these images and memes are making me super FOMO now. Lakshadweep has such pristine beaches and coastlines, a thriving local culture. I’m on the verge of booking an impulse chhutti. This year, why not #ExploreIndianIslands,” she posted.

Actor Salman Khan praised the beautiful and clean beaches of Lakshadweep. “It is so cool to see our Hon PM Narendrabhai Modi at the beautiful clean and stunning beaches of Lakshadweep, and the best part is that yeh hamare India mein hain,” he wrote.

Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar also joined the campaign, reminiscing about his recent experience in Maharashtra’s Sindhudurg. “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 islands. With our ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ philosophy, we have so much to explore, so many memories waiting to be created,” Tendulkar wrote.

Diplomatic tensions between India and the Maldives have heightened in recent months, particularly after President Mohamed Muizzu assumed office in November last year. The new president has indicated a shift in foreign policy, signalling closer ties with China and a departure from the previous “India first” approach.

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