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November 18, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Rohit Sharma

Outlookindia.com

It is surprising and actually disappointing to see an aged and respected (at least by his cronies) Bal Thackeray’s jabberwocky, that supposedly “warns” one of our nation’s beloved personality. It’s disappointing because at an age when colleagues like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Abdul Kalam gracefully take a backseat, Thackeray has been wasting the little time left for him in dividing Maharashtra from India.  Taking a snap at Sachin Tendulkar for saying Mumbai is a part of India; Sena scion might regret the mistake for the rest of his life.

Shiv Sena has usually gotten away with its ‘A-Marathi-first’ agenda. Whether it’s beating up immigrants, rampaging media offices that dare to speak against Sena’s autocracy or threatening celebrities, each time Thackeray has outrightly challenged Indian democracy and constitution. For decades, we have seen a bunch of gutless goons creating a terror of sorts in Maharashtra, without anyone even trying to stop them. UPA or NDA- all governments in power have neither raised a voice nor taken a concrete action against vandalism in the name of Marathi chauvinism. Sena is now working to hold on its core constituency ground as the monster it created, called the MNS, seems to be championing the Marathi-manoos ideology (that slaps a Member of Parliament who represents thousands of people and dares to speak in Hindi). The rivalry between two idiosyncratic groups continues with innocents getting harassed – those who pay the price of not being Marathi.

Sachin stated a fact when he said that he is an Indian first then a Maharashtrian. Both Balasaheb and Raj Thackeray are blithely unaware of the fact that today people with Marathi as their mother tongue make only a small proportion of Maharashtra’s population than they did three decades ago. From 76.5% of the population in 1971, Marathi speakers gradually decreased to 68.8% in 2001, while Hindi speakers rose from 5 to 11%, according to the Directorate of Economics and Statistics in the state Planning Department.

Our government need to gear up against raging violence and casteism bubbling in the state before those who are suffering take the matters in their own hands and consider the good ol’ tit-for-tat.   

  1. indiarightnow
    November 24, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I agree with you

  2. Amit Gupta
    November 19, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Bloody politics!

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