The Maldives election result is the first indication that India maybe pushing back, seeking to reassert diminished influence in its neighbourhood. The buzz is India told the Chinese that while doing business in the Maldives is fine, they must not compete with India for political and strategic influence. Will the Chinese bite is the question? The pushback is also evident in Sri Lanka. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was in Delhi recently on a fence-mending exercise and the Chinese may find their room for manoeuvre on the island increasingly circumscribed. Nepal could be tougher to crack. China’s influence in the Communist Party of Nepal runs deep and India has made some major blunders there. But South Block appears determined to turn the tide in the Himalayas.