The Maldives, a tourism-dependent nation, faces escalating tensions with India as Prime Minister Modi promotes the lesser-known Lakshadweep islands as a tourist alternative. Lakshadweep's untapped potential is considered a threat to the Maldives' economic lifeline. The verbal dispute led to a coordinated backlash from high-profile Indians, triggering a travel boycott to the Maldives by an Indian travel portal. Amidst this, Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu embarks on a state visit to China, adding a geopolitical dimension to the rivalry. The Maldives grapples with historical oscillations between pro-China and pro-India policies as President Muizzu champions a platform of "India Out."