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Italy and Its Marò

An "awful mess" is probably the best way to describe the controversy between India and Italy over the two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in Indian waters, a story involving international law, diplomacy, national politics, and a great deal of misplaced nationalism.

The case of the Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in February last year – and the subsequent diplomatic crisis between Italy and India – reminds us of the title of a well-known novel by the Italian writer Emilio Gadda, That Awful Mess on the via Merulana. It is a crime story that unfolds in 20th century Rome where the circumstances turn out to be so contradictory that the story ends without telling us who the guilty are.

An “awful mess” is probably the best way to describe the continuing controversy between India and Italy since last year, a story involving international law, diplomacy, national politics, and a great deal of misplaced nationalism – at least on the Italian side.

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