India and Italy are getting closer, but in doing so, the beautiful country pays in economic terms the price of the Marò case, in which Italy has ended up being improperly indicted and saw its riflemen “sequestered” for years. It is a rather complicated to unravel these events, but we should do so to have a complete picture of what is happening today.
Let us start from the current situation to look back. The defense ministers of India and France, Manohar Parrikar and Jean-Yves Le Drian, have signed an agreement under which the Indian Air Force will receive 36 Rafale fighters, paying 7.8 billion euros. The signing, shown live on television, puts an end to two years of difficult negotiations, after the Rafale had won the competition against other aircrafts of the same kind. Based on today’s agreement, the delivery of fighter aircraft produced by Dassault Aviation, intended to gradually replace the outdated Mig-21 and Mig-27, will begin in 36 months and finish in 66 months.
The great exclusion
Among the not-chosen aircrafts, we can find the Eurofighter, in whose creation partook also Finmeccanica. Finmeccanica – one of Italy’s main companies – already saw an order for 12 helicopters blocked, an order worth 556 million euros. India suspended payments to the Anglo-Italian company after receiving the first three helicopters, and subsequently canceled the order for the other nine all together. The excuse was the investigation that led to the arrest of Joseph Ordi (Finmeccanica) and Bruno Spagnolini (Augusta Westland).
The Italian Marines case
Everything links back to the Marines and Enrica Lexie story, the latter being delivered to the Indian port despite the fact that it sailed in international waters; we allowed our marine riflemen to be imprisoned without the slightest evidence (indeed, the few existing evidence were in favor of our soldiers. Then these evidence have disappeared and even the “victim” boat of the alleged ambush was sunk). Today, this “evidence” is questioned also by New Dehli, after years of stiffening threats to put our riflemen to death and the final intervention of the international arbitration.
Now relations re-open, but to get back to previous levels it will take time. “The state of the relations among people has been always great and now, after worsening in the last four few years, also the relations between the Italian and Indian nations have reconnected, thanks to the recent meeting between the two respective ministers”, said at the opening ceremony of the two days of work at the University Ca ‘Foscari of Venice dedicated to contemporary India, the Indian ambassador to Italy, Anil Wadhwa, without making any reference to the marines. “The idea – said Wadhwa – is to start a common business strategy between the two countries and further strengthen our relations.”
Weapons in the world
Maybe. Meanwhile, Finmecccanica, after losing helicopters, loses also the aircrafts. And France enjoys. Besides, on the list put down by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) with the 25 largest companies in the world war, the French are in the top ten. To be precise, on the fourth place, following Germany. Italy, for the record, is seventh.NI