NEW DELHI: Italy’s refusal to send back the two marines to stand trial in the case of the murder of two Indian fishermen seems to have blown up into a full diplomatic battle, with the Indian government considering the expulsion of the Italian ambassador Daniele Mancini.
According to a CNN IBN report, the final decision to ask the ambassador to leave might be taken within a week.
The government is faced with more than just a diplomatic and legal impasse over the marines: Italy’s unexpected about-turn has also unleashed a political storm that could well get looped into larger controversies.(1)
The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the government to spell out the steps that would be taken to bring back the Italian marines in the country. Isn’t it amazing, that practically everyday Indian soldiers are at war front with Pakistan and almost every month there are at least 10 Indian soldiers killed in the cross border firing or incursions. Not to forget the bomb blasts of other terror attacks carried out within Indian territory by Pakistan, which kills the Indian civilian population. I don’t think Indian authorities take the same stance on those outstanding killings meted out by Pakistan on India. In that case India should expel the Pakistan envoy forever. So many fishermen have been killed by Pakistani coast guard sometimes within the Indian territorial waters and the same goes in the territorial waters bordering Sri Lanka where 100s of Indian fishermen have been killed or taken prisoners.
Its a shame that even the opposition in the Parliament is being part of this dirty political game in India. So many important issues lie unattended in India. So many promises done by the government have yet to get fulfilled. Corruption, poverty, malnutrition, power cuts, load shedding, shortage of clean drinking water, hike in fuel rates, high inflation, crime, etc etc etc. these issues have neglected by the government of India since gaining Independence from British. By having McDonald or KFC or the Malls around , doesn’t make India a developed nation. India is far from being even a glimpse of a developed nation. The government always tries new ways to establish a path to divert the attention of the people and that way people will not focus on the important issues.
(1) Source from Yahoo news