Italy and India: Separated at birth?

PRITHVI DATTA CHANDRA SHOBHI writes: What do India and Italy have in common apart from Sonia Gandhi that is? 

John Foot, author of Calcio: A History of Italian Football, thinks the recent Italian football scandal is quintessentially Italian (or Indian): “Sucking up to the powerful is something that happens naturally in Italian society”. He also thinks the scandal is about vast quantities of money now at stake in the Italian football. He could have said the same about Indian cricket or politics too.

Read this Guardian story by John Hooper on a quintessential Indian (sorry Italian) story:,,1820971,00.html