While I was reading this news on NDTV, I could not help but wonder why Bruni was the center of controversy in the very first place.
Thinking like a simple villager, the only corollary I could draw was about inviting dignitaries to my daughters (formal) marriage. The first Dignitary was accompanied by his spouse, second by his fiance, and third by his friend (of opposite sex).
The questions I would ask are:
1) Should I treat the 3 companions differently?
2) Should I even care what is the relationship between my guest and his companion.
3) Should I even bother whether they are just friends, are sharing the same room, or married but on the verge of divorce.
My job is to conduct my marriage and the various festivities and customs associated with it in a proper fashion and not poke around in the private life of my guests.
By raising all this controversy India lost of creating another brand Ambassador for India. Bruni, like all beautiful women, are very influential. It does not matter whether they have an official powers or not, the worl (esp Sarkozy) would listen to each and every world they say and its hard to refuse their requests. Since Bruni was not officially married, she was not expecting much. However if India would have still showered even half the kind of hospitality which we did on Bill Clinton, I am sure we would have won her heart.