In Maldives, by a request from India, International “Yoga day” is celebrated every year. It is a celebration celebrated worldwide. Cultural activities that were born in India are practiced in Maldives. For that, they run classes and teach tabla dance and kathak dance. All of these are done by “Indian cultural Centre” that is situated in Maldives. Moreover, “Hindi Diwas”, the celebration of Hindi language which is one of the official languages in India was celebrated in Maldives this year.
Regardless of the Indian cultural activities that are praised in Maldives, the request to open a Maldivian cultural Centre in India has not been approved. Consulate of the Maldives in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerela state has said that they have asked for the permission of opening “Maldives Cultural Centre”. On 29th December 2014, the request was asked through the Maldivian embassy in Delhi.
It is informed that the exact reason behind the suspense of approval is not known yet. However, building a Maldivian cultural Centre there is highly important. Talking to “Avas”, Maldivian consul in Thiruvananthapuram, Ali Adam has said that it is important because, Islam and Dhivehi has to be studied by the students from Maldives who study in Thiruvananthapuram before they go back to Maldives after finishing their studies, as completion of both aforementioned subjects studies are required while applying for a job. This would only be possible if the Centre in opened.
As it is known to Avas, Indian Government has not approached to come up with a decision about opening the Centre for the reason that Islamic Studies would be taught by the Centre. They believe that within the teaching of Islam, strict refurbishments will be spread among India, meaning that they do not trust it. Ali Adam has said that among Muslim countries, Maldives is the country with the most moderate rules and for that reason, he said that he does not believe that Indian Government should have any worries.
Indian Government has not approached to come up with a decision about opening the Centre for the reason that Islamic Studies would be taught by the Centre.
However Indian Government always need the assurance of “India First policy” by Maldives. Foreign minister recently has visited to India and reassured this policy to them. It is known that Indian Government does not believe that it has been late to respond to the request from Maldives to open the Centre in India. They believe that the discussion is still on.
The question is, are three years not enough to come up with a decision about it?