The High Commission of India in Maldives has initiated a social media campaign to promote the Cochin ferry amidst growing concern over Indian military presence in the Maldives. The official twitter handle of the High Commission of India in Maldives tweeted video clips which promoted the Cochin ferry and contained short statements by a handful of individuals from Kulhudhuffushi City who stated that the arrival of the ferry would allow the Maldivian economy to boost amidst the greatest recession of this century by exporting local foods.
However, social media in particular twitter has been overflowing with negative sentiments regarding the Cochin ferry after weeks of online protests due to the growing Indian influence on the Maldivian government and in particular the Indian military presence in the Maldives. Journalists and activists along with a large number of people have been tweeting against Indian military presence and their growing influence on the island nation. A quick search on the website showed that an excess of 20,000 tweets has been made against the Indian military presence in the Maldives in the last few weeks by concerned citizens on twitter.
The High Commission of India in Maldives has periodically denied these allegations and have maintained that the Indian soldiers stationed in the Maldives are always a part of a training program. However this has been contradicted as housing apartments have been rented out on long term basis by the High Commission of India in Maldives in the northern Hdh.Hanimaadhoo where Indian aircrafts has been stationing since early 2020.