Sunday, February 19, 2012

THE KILLING OF FISHERMEN BY THE ITALIAN MARINES OFF KOCHI; WHY IS INDIA AGGRESSIVE

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Rule of Law is virtually unknown in India. Every criminal with political protection can escape justice with impunity. Courts can easily be persuaded to render judements which are to say the least quite insipid and bland. Think of the S P S Rathore case or the judgements in the Jessicca Lal case or even the Nitish Kataria case. I am saying this only to remind the reader that Indian legal system is not robust as any Western country.

A few days back two Italian marines,Latore Massimilliano and Salvatore Girone shot and killed 2 fisherman from Tamil Nadu off the coast of Kochi.They were marines protecting a cargo/ container ship under the command of Enrica Lexie.The initial justification given by the Captain of the ship, who refused to surrender, was that the two fishermen were "pirates". The threat of piracy was invoked as the justification for the killing of two non-white men by two Europeans. Are we going back to the days of the Portuguese when Indians were killed on the high seas for no reason except that the ships did not carry a cartaz issued by the Goan government. No country can ignore the affront to its national dignity which is posed by trigger happy Europeans.

After much delay the ship and the two marines surrendered to the harbour police at Kochi. Initially they claimed that the ship was in international waters, an argument that he GPS data from the ship itself disprover. Then the argument was made by the consular authorities that the 2 marines would be tried in Italy. Are the Italians so naieve as to think that because India has an Italian ruler frommthe Maino family, extra territorial rights are to be enjoyed by trigger happy Italian marines. The Quatrrochi Affair afterll and the Bofors Scandal are still simmering under the surface. So India,at least for now put on a tough act. The question is will India keep up the tough stand.

I venture to suggest that once the noise dies down and the UP election is over, India will start diluting its stand and will release the 2 marines to Italian custody with the gentlemen's agreement that they spen time in Italina jail, an agreement that Italy will not openly flout but will not keep. Right now it is politicallly inexpedient for India to appear lenient toward the Italians. Sonia, the dynastic figure head, does not want another row over favors shown to the denizens from the land of Maino. That is all. The Congress Government is indulging in bravado and I think the Italians will keep their mouth shut and go along with the drma which is being played out in Kochi.

I hope I am wrong but I have always been right in all my predictions.

7 comments:

Bahu Virupaksha said...

The two killers are Government of Kerala guests as they are staying in the Guest House instead of the prison where they belong. It certainly helps the Italians taht a Congress Government is in power there. It is only a matter of time before the two killers walk free. India cannot and willo not take the caser to its logical conclusion and Italian pressure mounted from within by Sonia and outside by the Foreign Miniter will see the matter through.

Bahu Virupaksha said...

This is India's chance to prove to the world that it is not another Third World Pakistan. In thge Richard Davis case, one in whcih the American CIA operative shot and killed 2 motor cyclist thugs who were armed with AK 47 guns. After making a lot of brave noise the Pkaistanis from Kassabistan allowed Richard Davis to leave. I am sure India too will follow suot. Whenpolitician talk of "law taking its course: it means that the course wiull be subverted. And who are the politicians to decide that the law will take its course unless they are in a position to ubver it.

Bahu Virupaksha said...

Just as I predicted the 2 Italian marines are being released after the payment of bloodmoney called compensation. So I was absolutely reight in my prediction that Italians can loot, plunder, kill and Soniaji's party will protect them.

Bahu Virupaksha said...

Just as I predicted the 2 Italian marines are being released after the payment of bloodmoney called compensation. So I was absolutely reight in my prediction that Italians can loot, plunder, kill and Soniaji's party will protect them.

Bahu virupaksha said...

The two marines kept rheir word and returned to Kochi after spending Christmas with their family. I did not expect them to return and thoght that a long legal battle was ahead. The marines have honour though I still think they did wrong in killing the 2 fisshermen,

Bahu virupaksha said...

Just as I have always predicted the anti national UPA regime allowed the 2 marines to escape. The Italian waitress has enough influence to allow her compatriots escape. Indians have forgotten Bofors. So we now not have Wesland Helicopter scam.

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