Kerala is outraged! Everyone in Kerala is ‘flaying’ everyone else over the latest twist to the fate that awaits the Italian Marines jailed in Thiruvananthapuram. Malayalis have forgotten all about Agni – V.
Chief Minister Oommen Chandy is flaying India’s Additional Solicitor-General Harin Raval for misrepresenting the Central government; fishermen’s association is flaying the Central government; and Communist Party of India (Marxist) is flaying Sonia Gandhi.
Chandy is the only one who is being transparent. Raval had no business to have said what he said if the Central government had been advising and guiding the Kerala government in the handling of this case.
The puzzle, however, remains. Raval made a strong point and what he said is as per the rule book. Who briefed him, if not the central government? All sorts of rumors are floating around in Delhi. Someone should clarify. It’s just not good enough to say Raval is in the habit of airing ‘personal opinion’ before the Supreme Court.
On the other hand, the fishermen’s association in Kerala has no business to butt in at this stage. The families of the deceased have settled with the Italians. The settlement seems reasonable. Period. Some folks are trying to make politics of out it and it is not a pretty sight.
As for the charge by the venerable CPM leaders — that the Marines hailed from Sonia Gandhi’s “motherland” — it is laughable. For, God only knows Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone had committed a grave, unspeakable sin in their previous life in India and had to be reborn on earth to bear punishment, and that is how they came to be born as Italians. If they hadn’t been Italians, India’s central government wouldn’t have acted so severely toward them.
The plain truth is that the grandstanding by Delhi due to Piravom bypoll brought things to this pass. Delhi should have accepted the offer from Rome to conduct a joint probe to establish what precisely happened; informally, Delhi could have advised the Italians to reach a private settlement with the aggrieved families; and, finally, depending on the outcome of the joint probe, a decision could have been taken where to put the Italian Marines on trial.
No, Comrades, Sonia Gandhi had nothing to do with this affair. The Italian side was consistently restrained and accommodative although they were sure the crime took place in international waters and India had no jurisdiction. They knocked at every door from the Vatican to the fishermen’s hut in Kollam seeking fair play and a reasonable settlement. Indeed, Delhi acted needlessly tough. Sonia Gandhi might have been born an Italian. So what?
– April 21, 2012