Indo-Italian diplomatic row deepens

In direct response to Italy’s decision to not send back two marines charged with killing of fishermen back to India to face trial, the UPA Govt. in India has decided not to send the Italian-born-n-grown Sonia Gandhi to Italy anymore.

After assembling an emergency meeting of the Cabinet to make a decision, the Indian External Affaires Department informed the Italian Embassy on Monday that India does not have other choices but to react vigorously.

Tensions between both countries have been strained since the “alleged” shooting of two Indian fishermen, mistaking them for sea demons, by the Italian marines, off the southern Indian state of Kerala in February 2012.

While on trial in India, India’s Supreme Court earlier allowed the marines to go home for Christmas and later to vote in Italian public elections.

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“After the public elections, marines are now closely following the Papal elections,” said the Italian Foreign minister, in a letter send to the Indian Embassy. Italian foreign ministry also accused India’s failure to provide genuine Italian food, except Indian-made Pizza, to the marines while they were in custody, reports said.

Many of the International relations experts are bewildered with the latest development from the Indian side, which rarely takes tough diplomatic stance against white countries. According to analysts, while Indians will have the joy of having Sonia Gandhi all the time, the decision could cost more than $752 million a year for Italy.

Earlier, when the marines had gone home for Christmas, Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi had sent a “letter of guarantee” to his counterpart Salman Khurshid assuring him of their return. Now in retaliation, Khurshid’s office is drafting hundreds of scam e-mails to send to Giulio.

Despite leaving the door open for better relations with Italy, External Affaires Minister Salman Khurshid defended the Indian actions. “When others betray our trust, we’re going to take reciprocal action,” Khurshid said at a press briefing. “Hope Italy will learn a lesson from this.”

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