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About The Maldives Past

For most of its past, the Maldives has been lucky in being a free from international domination. Earlier to becoming self-governing in 1965, the Maldives was a British territory in 1887. The Maldives was a sultanate through it’s called past, but became a state in 1968. The head of the Island that is the president is chosen in 5 years by public votes. The Maldives is associated with the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the South Asian Association of Regional Co-Operation, the World Trade Organization, the Asian Development Bank and many other UN bodies.

The national language is Dhivehi, which is different to the Maldives. Although, a major part of people speak English here, Divehi language is similar to the language of Sri Lanka. Combined with Sinhala, Divehi presents a special subgroup in the contemporary Indo-Aryan languages which is known as Insular Indo-Aryan.

Whereas previously it was considered that Divehi was a successor of the Sinhalese language, in 1969 a famous philologist M. W. S. de Silva stated first time that Dhivehi and Sinhalese have split off from an ordinary mother language. He speaks that “the initial Indic component in Maldivian is not so much a consequences of branching off from Sinhalese as a result of a concurrent division with Sinhalese from the Indian languages of the mainland of India”. S. Fritz has lately reached the similar end in a comprehensive study of the language. De Silva passed on to the Dravidian affects seen in the Dhivehi language like in an ancient site names. De Silva’s theory is assisted by the old Prince Vijaya as suggested in the Mahavamsa as if this legend is to be considered, the relocation of Indo-Aryan migrants to the Maldives and Sri Lanka from the mainland (India) must have held at the same time.

Maldives has now developed a lot and considered as the best holiday destination in the world. People from all over the world visit the Island to enjoy some quality time with their loved ones. Come and know more about the interesting past of Maldives, which brings curiosity inside you.