Indian Ocean is becoming a hotspot of military dominance, India is building a military base on the island of Mauritius! Report claims India building naval facility on Mauritian island of Agalega
Speculation of India building a military base on the island of Mauritius.  |  Photo Credits: PTI
- Reports of India building a military base on Agalega Island near Mauritius
- In its report of Al Jazeera, claim – India is building its military base on this island
- Defense experts say that the Indian Ocean is emerging as a hotspot
New Delhi : India is continuously strengthening its navy to keep an eye on China’s ‘manipulatives’ in the Indian Ocean and to secure its security interests in the region. Meanwhile, ‘Al Jazeera’ has claimed in a report that India is building a naval base in the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. Al Jazeera has claimed in its report, citing satellite images, that this naval base of India is being built on the island of Allega, controlled by Mauritius. The report quoted military experts as saying that an airstrip is under construction on the island which the Indian Navy will certainly use for its patrol missions.
There were also reports of building a military base in 2018
Reports and speculations about building a military base in Mauritius first appeared in 2018. However, at that time both countries denied any construction for military purpose. Both countries said that these constructions are for the development of the island and its people. The Agalega island on which the military base is being said to be built is located at a distance of about 1100 km from Mauritius. About 300 people live on this island. It is claimed to have constructed two jetties and a runway with a length of three kilometres.
India wants to strengthen itself in the Indian Ocean
The report of ‘Aljazeera’ quoted Abhishek Mishra, Associate Fellow of the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) think tank as saying that ‘India wants to strengthen its air and naval presence to increase surveillance in the Mozambique Channel and the vast southwest Indian Ocean. . This place will work for gathering information for India. Referring to India’s P-8I aircraft monitoring the sea, Mishra said, “As far as my personal knowledge is concerned and according to the conversations I have had with the people of my subject, this base can be used for anchoring of warships and runway.” The use will be for P-8I aircraft.
Indian Ocean region becoming a hotspot of dominance
According to the report, researcher Samuel Bashfield at the National Security College of the National University of Australia has been quoted as saying that as countries in the Indian Ocean want to increase their geospatial influence and dominance, this region is emerging as a hotspot. It will be an additional base for India for strategic and strategic activities, he said. This place is suitable in all respects for a military base. China also has a military base in Djibouti in the same area. The US military base Diega Garcia and the French base Reunion are already present here.
Very deep Indo-Mauritius cultural ties
The cultural ties between Mauritius and India are extremely strong. About 70 percent of the population here is of Indian origin. Their ancestors are called Girmitiyas. The British had taken Indian people from here for farming in Mauritius. But today these people have reached the power of Mauritius due to their hard work. They have a big hand in taking this country forward.
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