If India wants to win friends and influence people to counter China in the Indian Ocean, then why is it antagonising the people of Lakshadweep?That is the question the government’s critics are asking.The archipelago of 36 tiny but strategically important and ecologically sensitive islands is hardly ever in the news. Of all the parts of India that New Delhi has to administer, the archipelago, located about 300km from Kerala on the southwestern coast of the Indian mainland, is the smallest unit…


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