Friday, April 20, 2012

Indias archaic foreign diplomacy

Two Indian fishermen were shot dead by security guards of an Italian Ship (MV Enrica Lexie). Allegedly the guards felt they were pirates and hallucinated of them even having an eye patch. There are theories of guards being drunk and fishermen trying to sabotage the security of the ship with a small boat. To give credit to the Kerala Police, they were able to arrest the guards and were successful in keeping the ship in their custody. Lives of these fishermen have now become pawns in the diplomatic circles. Religion (the fishermen were catholic Christians apparently), Money (latest news is that they were offered 1 crore rupees each) and Power (Italian foreign minister has been rounding the political high command in India to let them free) have been falsely used across the border. Meanwhile as I write this there is a State VS Central Government struggle, where in the Centre has accused State for misusing their judicial authority. According to a 'thumb rule' the State has Zero Power at its discretion to take ANY action on International waters even if its near to its coast. Some high profile attorney has been handsomely bribed into bending the rules and as always deepening the loop holes to do favors. Italian government through its ambassador has filed for a petition in the Supreme court to hand over the custody of its two navy men.

What does this tell you about India as a nation??
First of all we have a porous coastal line. 3 years ago a bunch of terrorists walked into Mumbai and caused havoc which still has lot of unanswered questions and haphazard judgments. And to continue on that the Italian Ship was thoroughly aware of insecure Indian coastal zones and unfortunately took this foolish act of murder. Also it displays the ineptitude of our government to take any rigid decisions pertaining to foreign affairs. We saw that in the case of Afzal Guru, Ajmal Kasab and many more that our knees rattle when have to make a decision. Delayed justice is Denied Justice to speak of and to add salt over injuries our government playing hide and seek with our own people. In common man's terminology our country is spineless when it handles matters pertaining to foreign affairs. We are too diplomatic and too accommodating in matters where a little bit of steel resolve could bring a radical change to our tiki-taka political setup.

Had the DMK MP's not been steadfast and insistent about the Srilanka Massacre our Government would have been too soft to the neighbors. And what do we achieve from it?? Good name and reputation when our own are massacred in other parts of the world and inside our own borders?? How long do we have to portray a fake aristocratism when we have bureaucracy is every walk of our lives . I would say the Kerala MP's if needed should take the same 'kamikaze' mode as their TamilNadu counterparts to achieve justice.

Lives of our fishermen are dear to us in an emotional perspective. Understandably there are international laws to be abided on matters of the Sea. But that doesn't give license to any Tom, Dick and Harry to walk into our house and killing us on any accounts. A murder by our men or a foreigner needs to a have a common denominator of law. The Italian guards should not be handled to the custody of their government, what image does that give about us to the outside world?? We are one of the top arms importers in the world which gives us a physical power to secure our people. But what about the psychological security of the nation. Today its an Italian ship tomorrow it could be one from Islamabad and how would we answer the International community about handling that case. This is the best opportunity for the Indian Government to display its steely nerve and upheld its image as a righteous country. This is the time for country to stand together and thwart those deals with disdain. This is India and we don’t negotiate over dead or alive citizens. Jai Hind!!

1 comment:

കിനാവള്ളി said...

Well, ideally we should not let go of the marines without trial. But then, suppose a similar situation develops when Indians are held in Italy on such charges. Do we use diplomacy or wait for the law to take its course? We also have instances of Indians committing crime in UAE and escaping to India. Are we always handing over the culprits for trial in those countries. All these aspects have to be seriously considered in this matter.

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