The Catholic community in Mumbai believes that Cardinal Ivan Dias who is one of the probables in the race for Papacy, would make history, if elected, as he would be the first one from Asia to grace the seat that has been the fount of 2005 years of Christianity. Dias was a close friend of Pope John Paul II, and the only Asian seriously in the running to succeed him. As the Archbishop of Mumbai, Dias, even though one of the dark horses to become the next leader of the Roman Catholic church, has a huge support rallying behind him from all quarters. Cardinal Dias has spent over three decades outside India, much of it as the Pope’s emissary around the world, reinforcing the Vatican’s conservative messages on issues such as homosexuality and abortion. But since his return to Mumbai eight years ago, [Source]
If Cardinal Ivan Dias was elected we would probably have to suffer through many "The Catholic Church has outsourced the pope" jokes. "You have reached Liturgical Support, press one to report a liturgical abuse."
Update: From an article by John L. Allen, Jr. about negative conclave campaigning that includes reports that Cardinal Dias has diabetes.
In my experience, a safe rule of thumb is to assume such whispering campaigns are false until proof to the contrary emerges. Dias, for example, told a friend in Rome yesterday that he was surprised to read in the papers that he has diabetes, because it’s the first he’s heard of it. (This is reminiscent of John Paul II’s standard line when reporters would ask about his health. “I don’t know,” he would quip. “I haven’t read the newspapers yet.”)