India-Maldives Joint Military Exercise Ekuverin

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The 11th edition of Exercise EKUVERIN-21 between India and Maldives, held at Kadhdhoo Island, Maldives. Ekuverin means “Friends” in the Dhivehi language. It is an Indo – Aryan language. It is spoken in India, Lakshadweep and Maldives. The exercise enhances synergy and inter-operability between the Armed Forces of both nations in terms of understanding transnational terrorism both on land and at sea, conducting Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency Operations and sharing best military practices and experiences.

Benefits of the exercise:

  • The exercise helps the militaries to understand each other’s drills and procedures.
  • It helps to overcome language barriers.
  • It aids in weapon familiarization which is essential in war or humanitarian aid such as disaster – relief. It is also essential in disaster relief operations.

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About Exercise Ekuverin

  • Ekuverin means “Friends” in Dhivehi language. It is an Indo – Aryan language. It is spoken in India, Lakshadweep and Maldives.
  • The Exercise is being conducted between India and Maldives since 2008.
  • In 2019, the exercise was held in Pune, Maharashtra and in 2018, it was held in Maldives.

Exercise Ekuverin 2021

  • The 2021 Exercise Ekuverin was held in Maldives.
  • The exercise focused on enhancing inter – operability between the armed forces of India and Maldives.
  • It also included counter – insurgency and counter – terrorism operations.
  • The joint exercise in 2021, also conducted sports and cultural activities to enhance the bilateral and defence relations.

What is the need for Exercise Ekuverin?

  • India’s Policy of Indian Ocean is centred around providing security and political stability to Mauritius, Maldives, Seychelles and Sri Lanka. With this India aims to counter the expanding face of China in the region.
  • India sees itself as a net provider of security in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • India is always the first responder in Human Availability Disaster Recovery Operations.
  • The piracy in the Indian Ocean Region has increased.

The Exercise Ekuverin will aid in all the above issues. Therefore, it is essential to conduct Exercise Ekuverin.