A comedian and a prime minister better known for throwing lavish sex parties than running the government, Italy has shown the uncanny knack of being in the eye of successive political controversies in India for a country which, among other things, boasts of having elected to parliament a porn star.
Italy isn’t a hyper-power such as the United States that evokes strong responses through the guy in the street that is indian presuming to rule the planet.
Neither is it a previous imperial energy like Britain with who Asia has a brief history of colonial subjugation, or an expansionist nation with which Asia is involved with territorial disputes. Yet, during the last quarter of a hundred years, a number of controversies, beginning with Ottavio Quattrocchi, the so-called conduit when it comes to Bofors weapon deal kickbacks, to your bribery costs into the $750 million AgustaWestland chopper deal, towards the shooting down of innocent Indian fishermen from the Kerala coast—all occur to have an imprint that is italian.
At a govt guesthouse in Kochi
Then the March 11 decision of its foreign ministry in Rome ensured that it would remain top of the Indian mind and diplomatic matter, at least for some more days to come if there was any chance of Italy fading away from the political discourse in India. That choice revolved around the country’s refusal to deliver right straight right back Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, two of these marines who have been accused of killing two Indian fishermen year that is last Kerala as well as for which they needed to stay test in Asia. In Indian custody considering that the February 15, 2012, shooting event with the exception of a short court-sanctioned leave during Christmas time, these were to go back to Asia on March 19—they’d been permitted a four-week leave to throw their ballot in final month’s election in Italy. Continue reading