Thursday, March 14, 2013

Amusing political drama with an Italian Twist

Hundreds of fishermen from Tamil nadu have been killed over the last few decades by the Sri Lankan Navy (530 according to wikipedia). The fishermen might have been fishing in Sri Lankan waters as claimed by their navy; but killing them for an economic offence can never be justified, the same way their Military can never justify the Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils for political reasons.

In Feb 2012, when Italian Marines shot at an Indian fishing boat off the coast of Kerala killing two Indian fishermen, they were imprisoned and legally prosecuted. Since then, the politicians of Kerala including those in power have consistently demanded justice and raised (crappy) nationalist sentiments.

Surprisingly, of the two fishermen killed, one was a Tamil and a year on, not a whimper from any of the major Tamil politicians!

Now that we have let the Italians off the hook due to our stupidity, they join a infamous list of foreigners whom we deliberately let off the hook like Ottavio Quattrocchi, Kim Davy, Warren Anderson etc. (PS: No disrespect for Supreme Court here, but the Italians simply played their cards better!)

Suddenly all this nationalist ruckus in the parliament, calls for economic sanctions against Italy and prosecuting the Italian Envoy! I can't feel a tinge of amusement at all the political drama and disappointment that our shameless Tamil Politicians despite sharing power at the centre for a major part of the last two decades did nothing concrete to put an end to the killings.

Shame on you... Shame on us!

PS: All this drama is unadulterated politics, majority of Indian Politicians who matter do not care about people suffering/dying etc. If you think otherwise, go laugh at yourself.
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